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ALLIANCE FOR JUST IMMIGRATION ABOUT WHAT THESE MIGRANTS ARE ABOUT WHAT THESE MIGRANTS ARE GOING THROUGH. GOING THROUGH.>>YOU JUST GOT BACK FROM>>YOU JUST GOT BACK FROM MEXICO. MEXICO. CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE EXACTLY CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE EXACTLY DID YOU GO AND WHY DID YOU GO? DID YOU GO AND WHY DID YOU GO?>>WE WENT TO TAPACLUTA BETWEEN>>WE WENT TO TAPACLUTA BETWEEN MEXICO AND GUATEMALA. MEXICO AND GUATEMALA. WE WERE THERE BECAUSE WE LEARNED WE WERE THERE BECAUSE WE LEARNED THERE WERE AFRICAN HIGH GRANTS THERE WERE AFRICAN HIGH GRANTS THERE WHO HAD BEGUN TO PROTEST, THERE WHO HAD BEGUN TO PROTEST, IN WHICH THEY WERE DEMANDING IN WHICH THEY WERE DEMANDING THAT THEY BE ABLE TO LEAVE THAT THAT THEY BE ABLE TO LEAVE THAT PLACE WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN PLACE WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN STRANDED ALMOST FOUR MONTHS NOW. STRANDED ALMOST FOUR MONTHS NOW. THEIR ONLY GOAL IS TO WALK. THEIR ONLY GOAL IS TO WALK. AND THEY’VE BEEN PREVENTED FROM AND THEY’VE BEEN PREVENTED FROM WALKING. WALKING. BUT IN WAYS THAT ARE — HAVE BUT IN WAYS THAT ARE — HAVE BEEN VIOLENT, HAVE BEEN — THEIR BEEN VIOLENT, HAVE BEEN — THEIR LIBERTY HAS BEEN DEPRIVED, LIBERTY HAS BEEN DEPRIVED, THEY’VE BEEN IN PRISONS, THEY THEY’VE BEEN IN PRISONS, THEY HAVE BEEN MISTREATED IN A HAVE BEEN MISTREATED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS, TO THE POINT VARIETY OF WAYS, TO THE POINT THAT THEY HAVE HAD ENOUGH. THAT THEY HAVE HAD ENOUGH. AND THEY’VE ORGANIZED THEMSELVES AND THEY’VE ORGANIZED THEMSELVES INTO AN ASSEMBLY. INTO AN ASSEMBLY. THEY HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE. THEY HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE. THEY HAD DEMAND LETTERS. THEY HAD DEMAND LETTERS. AND THEY’VE BEEN BLOCKING AND THEY’VE BEEN BLOCKING DETENTION CENTER BUSES THAT DETENTION CENTER BUSES THAT COMING IN. COMING IN. AND DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO AND DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO TRY TO GET SOME ATTENTION TO TRY TO GET SOME ATTENTION TO THEIR PLIGHT. THEIR PLIGHT.>>TALK ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR>>TALK ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR COMMUNITY THAT YOU MET WITH. COMMUNITY THAT YOU MET WITH.>>HISTORICALLY, BLACK PEOPLE>>HISTORICALLY, BLACK PEOPLE WEREN’T EVEN INCLUDED ON THE WEREN’T EVEN INCLUDED ON THE CENSUS UNTIL 2015, ’16 IN CENSUS UNTIL 2015, ’16 IN MEXICO. MEXICO. THEY WERE INVISIBLE TO THE THEY WERE INVISIBLE TO THE GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. THESE ARE AFRICANS FROM THE THESE ARE AFRICANS FROM THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, FROM GHANA, ETHIOPIA, CAMEROON, FROM GHANA, ETHIOPIA, CAMEROON, ERITREA, ANGOLA. ERITREA, ANGOLA.>>15 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED>>15 COUNTRIES REPRESENTED THERE. THERE.>>I THINK IT’S ONLY SUPPOSED TO>>I THINK IT’S ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE 72 HOURS THEY CAN LEGALLY BE 72 HOURS THEY CAN LEGALLY DETAIN SOMEBODY, BUT THEY’VE DETAIN SOMEBODY, BUT THEY’VE BEEN THERE FOUR MONTHS. BEEN THERE FOUR MONTHS. AND BECAUSE OF THE TRUMP POLICY. AND BECAUSE OF THE TRUMP POLICY. AND THEY’VE MADE IT VERY CLEAR AND THEY’VE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THE U.S. SOUTHERN BORDER THAT IS THE U.S. SOUTHERN BORDER THAT IS MOVED FROM THE SOUTH OF THE U.S. MOVED FROM THE SOUTH OF THE U.S. TO THE SOUTH OF MEXICO. TO THE SOUTH OF MEXICO.>>HOW IS THE BLACK MIGRANT>>HOW IS THE BLACK MIGRANT COMMUNITY, HOW ARE THEIR COMMUNITY, HOW ARE THEIR STORIES, THEIR NEEDS, THEIR STORIES, THEIR NEEDS, THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES DIFFERENT? CIRCUMSTANCES DIFFERENT?>>SO THEY HAVE A VARIETY OF>>SO THEY HAVE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENCES. DIFFERENCES. SMALLER BUT STILL VERY SMALLER BUT STILL VERY IMPORTANT. IMPORTANT. A LANGUAGE ACCESS PROBLEM. A LANGUAGE ACCESS PROBLEM. THERE ARE TWO COUNTRIES ON THE THERE ARE TWO COUNTRIES ON THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA THAT SPEAK CONTINENT OF AFRICA THAT SPEAK SPANISH, EVERYONE ELSE IS SPANISH, EVERYONE ELSE IS ENGLISH OR FRENCH, THEN ENGLISH OR FRENCH, THEN PORTUGUESE WITH ANGOLA. PORTUGUESE WITH ANGOLA. THEY’RE BEING HANDED FORMS TO THEY’RE BEING HANDED FORMS TO FILL OUT BY IMMIGRATION FILL OUT BY IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES IN SPANISH. AUTHORITIES IN SPANISH. WHICH THEY CANNOT READ. WHICH THEY CANNOT READ. THEY’RE BEING TOLD, IF YOU DON’T THEY’RE BEING TOLD, IF YOU DON’T SIGN THIS YOU’RE GOING TO BE SIGN THIS YOU’RE GOING TO BE DEPORTED. DEPORTED. SO THEY SIGN THE FORMS BECAUSE SO THEY SIGN THE FORMS BECAUSE THEY’RE UNDERSTANDING THIS IS THEY’RE UNDERSTANDING THIS IS PART OF THE PROCESS. PART OF THE PROCESS. NOT KNOWING THAT WHAT THEY’RE NOT KNOWING THAT WHAT THEY’RE SIGNING IS SETTING THEM UP TO BE SIGNING IS SETTING THEM UP TO BE DEPORTED OR SETTING THEM UP TO DEPORTED OR SETTING THEM UP TO BE DENIED. BE DENIED. SETTING THEM UP TO BE DECLARED SETTING THEM UP TO BE DECLARED STATELESS. STATELESS. THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING TO THEM DIFFERENTLY HAPPENING TO THEM DIFFERENTLY ARE BASED STRICTLY ON ARE BASED STRICTLY ON ANTI-BLACKNESS. ANTI-BLACKNESS. THEIR INABILITY TO ACCESS THEIR INABILITY TO ACCESS MEDICAL CARE. MEDICAL CARE. AND THEY COMPARED THAT TO THE AND THEY COMPARED THAT TO THE TREATMENT OF NONBLACK IMMIGRANTS TREATMENT OF NONBLACK IMMIGRANTS WHO GET WHOLE REPORTS WRITTEN WHO GET WHOLE REPORTS WRITTEN UP, WHO GET THEIR DIETS CHANGED, UP, WHO GET THEIR DIETS CHANGED, BASED UPON COMPLAINTS THAT BASED UPON COMPLAINTS THAT THEY’RE MAKING. THEY’RE MAKING.>>THEY GIVE YOU DIFFERENT>>THEY GIVE YOU DIFFERENT QUANTITIES OF FOOD. QUANTITIES OF FOOD.>>MORE RICE.>>MORE RICE.>>THE FOOD, THE FOOD THAT’S>>THE FOOD, THE FOOD THAT’S GIVEN TO BLACK MIGRANTS IN GIVEN TO BLACK MIGRANTS IN DETENTION THAT THEY ACTUALLY DETENTION THAT THEY ACTUALLY HAVE, THEY’RE GIVING THEM ROTTEN HAVE, THEY’RE GIVING THEM ROTTEN FOOD. FOOD. IT’S SYSTEMATIC. IT’S SYSTEMATIC. IT’S BEEN DOCUMENTED BY HUMAN IT’S BEEN DOCUMENTED BY HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS AS WELL AS THROUGH RIGHTS GROUPS AS WELL AS THROUGH THE DISCUSSIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS THE DISCUSSIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF BLACK MIGRANTS THERE, THAT OF BLACK MIGRANTS THERE, THAT THEY ARE BEING TREATED THEY ARE BEING TREATED DIFFERENTLY. DIFFERENTLY.>>WHAT DID YOU HEAR FROM THE>>WHAT DID YOU HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE YOU TALKED TO ABOUT WHY PEOPLE YOU TALKED TO ABOUT WHY THEY ARE COMING TO THE UNITED THEY ARE COMING TO THE UNITED STATES, WHY THEY ARE FLEEING STATES, WHY THEY ARE FLEEING THEIR HOME COUNTRIES? THEIR HOME COUNTRIES?>>THEIR SOCIETY OR THEIR>>THEIR SOCIETY OR THEIR GOVERNMENT TURNED AGAINST THEM, GOVERNMENT TURNED AGAINST THEM, AND THEIR LIVES WERE THREATENED. AND THEIR LIVES WERE THREATENED. THEIR CHILDREN’S LIVES WERE THEIR CHILDREN’S LIVES WERE THREATENED THREATENED THREATENED. THREATENED. AND THEY SAID, IF I CAN JUST AND THEY SAID, IF I CAN JUST MAKE IT TO THE U.S. BORDER, I MAKE IT TO THE U.S. BORDER, I CAN SEEK ASYLUM. CAN SEEK ASYLUM. I CAN PROTECT MY FAMILY. I CAN PROTECT MY FAMILY. IF AMERICA CARES ABOUT THAT IF AMERICA CARES ABOUT THAT IMAGE THAT WE PROMOTED TO SAY IMAGE THAT WE PROMOTED TO SAY THAT WE ARE THIS PLACE WHERE THAT WE ARE THIS PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME AND THERE’S PEOPLE CAN COME AND THERE’S EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, THEN WE NEED EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, THEN WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR THAT IMAGE. TO FIGHT FOR THAT IMAGE. IT’S A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS. IT’S A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS.>>ACCESS SPECIFICALLY.>>ACCESS SPECIFICALLY. PLEASE TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, PLEASE TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IF THEY CARE ABOUT HUMAN LIFE IF THEY CARE ABOUT HUMAN LIFE AND HUMANITY IN ANY WAY, HE AND HUMANITY IN ANY WAY, HE SHOULD PUT THE PRESSURE ON THIS SHOULD PUT THE PRESSURE ON THIS GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. LET THEM KEEP WALKING. LET THEM KEEP WALKING.>>>BACK TO THE NEWS ABOUT NEW>>>BACK TO THE NEWS ABOUT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WIDE RECEIVER ENGLAND PATRIOTS WIDE RECEIVER ANTONIO BROWN. ANTONIO BROWN. HE WAS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HE WAS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, INCLUDING FORCIBLE RAPE ASSAULT, INCLUDING FORCIBLE RAPE RAPE, BY HIS FORMER TRAINER IN A RAPE, BY HIS FORMER TRAINER IN A FEDERAL LAWSUIT. FEDERAL LAWSUIT. IN A STATEMENT BROWN DENIED THE IN A STATEMENT BROWN DENIED THE CHARGES SAYING HE WILL PURSUE CHARGES SAYING HE WILL PURSUE LEGAL ACTION TO CLEAR HIS NAME. LEGAL ACTION TO CLEAR HIS NAME. THE NFL IS INVESTIGATING. THE NFL IS INVESTIGATING. THE PATRIOTS SAY THEY TAKE THESE THE PATRIOTS SAY THEY TAKE THESE ALLEGATIONS VERY SERIOUSLY. ALLEGATIONS VERY SERIOUSLY. MIKE FLORIO, “PRO FOOTBALL MIKE FLORIO, “PRO FOOTBALL TALK,” IS HERE WITH US. TALK,” IS HERE WITH US. START WITH THE ALLEGATIONS. START WITH THE ALLEGATIONS. WHAT’S ANTONIO BROWN BEING WHAT’S ANTONIO BROWN BEING ACCUSED OF HER? ACCUSED OF HER?>>HE’S BEING ACCUSED OF THREE>>HE’S BEING ACCUSED OF THREE DIFFERENT INCIDENTS, TWO OF DIFFERENT INCIDENTS, TWO OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, ONE OF RAPE. SEXUAL ASSAULT, ONE OF RAPE. IT’S ONLY A CIVIL CLAIM FOR NOW. IT’S ONLY A CIVIL CLAIM FOR NOW. ONE OF THE INCIDENTS HAPPENED IN ONE OF THE INCIDENTS HAPPENED IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA. THE PITTSBURGH AREA. THE LOCAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAID THE LOCAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAID EARLIER TODAY THAT HIS OFFICE EARLIER TODAY THAT HIS OFFICE WILL LOOK INTO THAT. WILL LOOK INTO THAT. THE OTHER TWO HAPPENED IN MIAMI.

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