August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, June 3, 2019

US Halts Plan to Build Border Wall on Carrizo Comecrudo Cemetery

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Photo by Michelle Cook, Dine', color work by Ava Leal

Photo screen capture Censored News

Carrizo Comecrudo and protectors celebrate that the cemetery will be protected. However, it is unknown what this means for the land and for access to the water of the Rio Grande, as the border wall is still planned for this region.


By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it will not build Trump's Border Wall on the historic Eli Jackson Cemetery. The site is being protected by a camp of Carrizo Comecrudo tribal members and their supporters at Yalui Village.
"The U.S. government says it won't build President Donald Trump's border wall on the site of a historic cemetery that might have required the exhumation of graves," AP reported today.
Carrizo Comecrudo Chairman Juan Mancias said, "Victory on the Levee of the Rio Grande. Historical and village identified. Victory Dance for struggle won. Epapue’l Village and Lehai And Ko’pte In Starr county can be manned now. Nana Pele’x ment Nawaso’l," Mancias said.
Thanking all those who are making a stand, Chairman Mancias said, "We stand."

Trump's Three Private Prison Contractors Making Millions Caging Children

Children and families caged under Paso Del Norte Bridge in El Paso by US Homeland Security. Twitter photo Bob Moore.

Private prisons continue their abuse with assaults, rape, unnecessary solitary confinement and sexual predators

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

TUCSON -- Private prisons made over $800 million at 19 immigration prisons in 2018, according to a letter from Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren dated May 31, 2019.
GEO Group (formerly Wackenhut), CoreCIVIC and MTC (Management and Training Corporation) are the three corporations receiving the lush contracts under the Trump administration.
Sen. Warren stated in a letter to the American Correctional Corporation, which gives accreditation to these corporations, that private prisons have a history of assaults, lockdowns, inmate discipline and other abuse.
The letter from Sen. Warren states mildly the abuse in private prisons. Six children have died in ICE detainment and private prisons this year. The documented abuse in migrant private prisons in the United States includes assaults by prison staff, unjustified solitary confinement, rape, and sexual and physical abuse of children.
Censored News reported in 2007, during the Obama Administration, that children were being imprisoned in Hutto Prison in Texas.
The widespread abuse of migrants during the Trump Administration is a violation of human rights and International law that continues.

Article copyright Brenda Norrell