December 20,2018 (San Diego) – Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen today announced that Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. must wait in Mexico until their hearing dates, except for unaccompanied minors. But the action is likely to be challenged in court—and thus far, federal courts have consistently ruled against the Trump administration efforts to restrict the rights of asylum seekers.
November 20, 2018 (San Diego) -- Every day since October 26, immigration authorities have released onto the streets of San Diego 20-30 migrant families (50-70 individuals) seeking asylum at the San Diego-Tijuana Border. Once processed and vetted for security risks, the Department of Homeland Security has quietly dropped these families – tagged with ankle bracelets and without any resources – at locations across San Diego. The situation has left hundreds of migrants homeless on San Diego’s streets, with nowhere to go and no way of getting to their final destinations.
January 19, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – A new report by humanitarian organizations reveals that Border Patrol agentshave been systemically destroying water bottles left in desert areas for undocumented immigrants in the Arizona desert, condemning people to die of thirst.While its unknown if this is occurring in California, this article in Britain’s The Guardian hit home for me in a visceral way, reminding me of an experience that brought me to tears.
On the 4th of July In 2008, I rode alongwith Border Angels founder Enrique Morones. We discovered sabotage of water bottles his group had left in rugged locations--all slashed open, empty. My article, Dying to Come to America, was published in our very first edition of East County Magazine. Morones vividly described what it is like for people to die of dehydration – hallucinating, throwing off clothes and shoes. We saw the signs of this torment – a woman’s high-heeled shoe cast aside, a man’s crumpled shirt. The heat was triple digits.
I went along to learn about experiences faced by people so desperate to come to America that they rely on water left by benevolent strangers to survive.I learned that coyotes, or human traffickers, often lie to the migrants, telling them it's just a short walk to freedom; some women dressed up to meet their husbands are unaware of the dangers. I choked up, imagining their pain. My story included photos of those slashed water bottles and graves of people--some so very young--who died crossing East County's rugged border mountains in their failed quest to find freedom.
October 11, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
San Diego’s Bilbray-Peters race reflects new reality in politics (Los Angeles Times)
Gas stations close as California gas prices skyrocket (KPBS)
Edison releases restart plan for unit 2 at San Onofre (KPBS)
Mayoral debate at Politifest: Videos (Voice of San Diego)
The Starting Line: UT San Diego’s Soviet-style political coverage. Are air-brushed photos next? (San Diego Free Press)
The Starting Life: DeMaio’s second calendar: private meetings with developers don’t count (San Diego Free Press)
Filner’s shaky public safety claim (Voice of San Diego)
Neighbors (in Lakeside) still shaken by deputies’ shootout with suspect (UT San Diego)
Pastors to send IRS message on political speech (UT San Diego
Skyline pastor tells flock he will vote for Romney (UT San Diego)
Proposal to double city funding on arts moves toward City Council (KPBS)
A guide to the media attention on Poway’s billion dollar bond (Voice of San Diego)
North County Times lays off one-third of staff (Sacramento Bee)
Brown acts to reduce gas prices (Los Angeles Times)
Proposition 34: Repealing the death penalty (Sacramento Bee)
Report: recycling fraud costs California millions (Sacramento Bee)
UCAN demands $474K from ex-boss (UT San Diego)
California’s new migrants following the work (UT San Diego)
July 26, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:
Returning migrants boost Mexico’s middle class: net immigration to U.S. now zero (Washington Post)
Pressure mounts to stop China’s forced abortions (USA Today)
Syria says could use chemical arms against foreigners (Reuters)
Tax havens: Super rich ‘hide’ 21 trillion (BBC)
Murdoch resigns from his British papers’ boards (NY Times)
Poverty issue missing on presidential campaign trail (OpEd News)
Offshore jobs play role in campaign and economy (KPBS)
Romney walks political tightrope on foreign policy (CNN)
What happens to current nursing home residents if House Budget Resolution becomes law? (Medicare Advocacy)
White House threatens to veto GOP drilling bill (The Hill)
Solar trade war hurts Chinese imports (Technology Review)