Wednesday, July 11, 2018

7/15/18 Twitter Chat: Immigration

Graphic with yellow background and a black bird icon for Twitter on the left and an illustration of 3 family members against a heart in black. In the center of the graphic text that reads: #CripTheVote Twitter Chat, Immigration, July 15, 2018, 4 pm Pacific/ 7 pm Eastern, Guest host: National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities, @DisabledLatinx, For more:

#CripTheVote Chat: Immigration
Guest host: National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities
Sunday, July 15, 2018 
4 pm Pacific, 5 pm Mountain, 6 pm Central, 7 pm Eastern

Join #CripTheVote for this important discussion on immigration with guest host National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CoaliciĆ³n Nacional para Latinxs con Discapacidades). We will discuss family separation, the ‘zero tolerance’ policy, and how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed rule on “public charge” will impact #DisabledImmigrants. For a Spanish version of this post:

Please note: This chat will be 75 minutes instead of 60.

For more about the coalition:

From the CNLD: 

Follow @GreggBeratan @AndrewPulrang @DisVisibility @DisabledLatinx. When it’s time for the chat, search #CripTheVote on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Latest’ tab for the full conversation. 

If you don’t use Twitter, you can follow along in real time here:

If you might be overwhelmed by the amount of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions so you can respond to them, check @DisVisibility’s account. The questions will be Tweeted 5-6 minutes apart.

Here’s an article about how to participate in a Twitter chat:

Check out this captioned ASL explanation of how to participate in a chat by @behearddc

Introductory Tweets and Questions for the Chat:

Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on immigration with guest host @DisabledLatinx! 
Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”

This chat will be 75 minutes. Please note there may be discussions of forced medical treatment, institutions, death, abuse, trauma, grief, and mental health among other distressing topics. Feel free to take breaks or drop out of the convo if needed. #CripTheVote

On April 6, 2018 the U.S. attorney general announced a new border enforcement policy of "zero tolerance" calling for criminal prosecution of all immigrants found w/o legal documentation 

Due to this policy, ~ 3,000 children have been separated from their families at the US-Mexico border (including 100 children under the age of 5) from May 5-June 9, 2018   #CripTheVote

On June 20, 2018 the President signed an Executive Order reversing the separation of families ordering that they would be detained together: #CripTheVote

Q1 When you first learned about the “zero tolerance” policy and its consequences on migrant families seeking asylum at the border, what were your initial reactions? How did you process your emotions and feelings? #CripTheVote

Q2 Family separation is not new to this country, especially to indigenous, Black, disability, LGBTQIA, and immigrant communities among others. How does this cause intergenerational trauma to families and communities for decades? #CripTheVote

Q3 How is language about immigration policies used to dehumanize and criminalize entire groups of people? What are the consequences of this kind of racialized rhetoric on marginalized communities? #CripTheVote

There are currently no plans by the Federal govt on how to reunite the estimated 2500 children separated from their families in May/June. Many are in shelters, foster homes, treatment facilities, etc, across the US. #CripTheVote

Q4 What are your concerns regarding the well-being of the separated children, especially related to disability-related needs, healthcare, and social supports? #CripTheVote

Q5 For some detained adults, there have been reports of suicide and deaths due to medical neglect. What are some issues facing D/deaf and disabled migrants & migrants currently experiencing trauma under detention? What is known so far by activists on the ground? #CripTheVote

A draft of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed rule on defining the “public charge” rule from 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The rule would expand the definition of “public charge” beyond its current 1/2 #CripTheVote

...interpretation of those “primarily dependent” on cash assistance or needing long term institutional support to include those who are “likely” to use any government assistance, (i.e. Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, WIC, Pell Grants, etc.). 2/2 #CripTheVote

The rule will published in the Federal Register.  Disability advocates (and immigrant rights groups interested in the intersection of disability) may wish to understand the following breakdown of information: #CripTheVote

Q6 What are the current and potential impacts in the #DisabledImmigrant community if the public charge rule passes? #CripTheVote

In U.S. immigration policy, historically, disability has been used as a justification to exclude. For example, the 1882 Act to Regulate Immigration prohibited any “lunatic, idiot, or any person unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.” #CripTheVote

Immigration law today explicitly maintains the “public charge” language, a legal construction historically entrenched in racism and ableism. #CripTheVote

Under Section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), an individual seeking admission to the United States or seeking to adjust status to that of an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence (green card) 1/2 #CripTheVote inadmissible if the individual, "at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge." 2/2  #CripTheVote

Q7 How would this new regulation change how immigration officials interpret and apply “public charge”?  Where can we find the best resources for this information?  #CripTheVote

Q8 What can we do to prevent the “public charge” rule from becoming an official regulation?  What are the best resources to share? #CripTheVote

Q9 As disabled people what can we do now (and in the future) to make our views known about immigration, deportation, and family separation? How are disability and immigration rights intertwined? #CripTheVote

Q10 What are ways activists who focus on disability rights & justice, immigration, prison abolition, and racial justice can coordinate and mobilize against the current ‘zero tolerance’ policy? #CripTheVote

Thank you for joining the #CripTheVote chat on immigration. A big thank you to our guest host @DisabledLatinx for joining us today! 

A compilation of Tweets from this #CripTheVote chat will be up shortly. Check out our blog for the latest: