Protection for Undocumented Minors, Insists State Caravan Before McCarthy’s Office in Bakersfield

Meeting points and times:

The Angels. 10:00 am in front of the monument to Monsignor Romero in MacArthur Park. Depart for Bakersfield at 11:30 a.m.

San Francisco. 7:00 a.m. Oscar Grand Plaza in Oakland.

Bakersfield. Protest at 4:00 pm, followed by a vigil.

McCarthy Office: 4100 Empire Drive #150, Bakersfield, CA 93309.

Contact in LA:
Bertha Rodríguez (213) 908 98 35

The deportations of Mexican children, as well as the arrests of Central American minors at the border, continue to be the order of the day. For this reason, members of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx) join this Thursday, October 9, the caravan of migrant organizations from various California cities to demand that Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy respect the law to protect minors and don’t try to reverse it like you did before the legislative summer recess.

Migrant organizations are targeting Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R- Bakersfield) as he – along with other Republican congressmen – voted to repeal the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), before of the last legislative recess.

The Wilberforce law guarantees minors from countries that do not share borders with the United States, hearings before an immigration judge as well as their right to be represented by a lawyer, in case the minors seek refugee status.

There is a risk that legislators like McCarthy eliminate this law, with which Central American children would face a situation similar to that of Mexican minors, who, due to an agreement between the United States and Mexico, are deported once they are arrested by immigration agents. when they try to cross without documents.

The Mexican Network denounces the double standards of McCarthy, who boasts of defending family values ​​but ignores the suffering of thousands of children who risk their lives and psychological well-being when trying to reunite with their parents who work in this country. From October 2013 to July this year, around 50,000 minors were detained by immigration agents at the border.

The Mexican Network not only demands that the Wilberforce law be maintained in favor of Central American children, since they are minors fleeing violence and poverty, in addition to seeking to reunite with their relatives in the United States.

Red Mx also demands that Mexican children have the right to present their cases before an immigration judge as Central American children do, since they too are fleeing violence and poverty and are also trying to reunite with their family living in this country.

Central American children detained at the border are placed in deportation proceedings and released to relatives in the United States while their cases are heard in court. If authorities cannot locate relatives, minors are placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Instead, detained Mexican children are returned to Mexico within a few days. The states with the highest number of child deportations are Sonora, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Guanajuato and Michoacán, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.

The Oaxacan Institute for Migrant Assistance (IOAM) reported that from January to May of this year, the United States deported 793 children and adolescents. Of these, 177 were little women.

The deportations are not carried out every day but weekly, once a large group of children gathers and is transferred to their places of origin. However, if the figure of daily deportations were used, the average deportation of children from Oaxaca alone is between 5 and 10 minors.

The coalition of migrant organizations that will protest outside McCarthy’s offices includes pro-immigrant groups from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield. The activists will present the congressman with a letter with their demands and will also hold a vigil outside the Republican politician’s building.

The organizations participating in the caravan are the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the Salvadoran National Network Abroad (RENASE), the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mx), the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB) , Homies Unidos, the Salvadoran American Educational and Leadership Fund (SALEF), the April First Movement, and the Kern Coalition for Citizenship, among others.