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SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Border Patrol agent wouldn’t let Jackeline Reyes explain why she and her 15-year-old daughter needed asylum, pointing to the coronavirus. That confrontation in Texas came just days after the Trump administration quietly shut down the nation’s asylum system for the first time in decades in the name of public health.
“The agent told us about the virus and that we couldn’t go further, but she didn’t let us speak or anything,” said Reyes, 35, who was shuttled to a crossing March 24 in Reynosa, Mexico, a violent border city.
She tried to get home to crime-ridden Honduras despite learning her brother had been killed there and her mother and 7-year-old daughter had fled to the Nicaraguan border. But she was stuck in Mexico as the virus closed borders in Central America.
The U.S. government used an obscure public health law to justify one of its most aggressive border crackdowns ever. People fleeing violence and poverty to seek refuge in the U.S. are whisked to the nearest border crossing and returned to Mexico without a chance to apply for asylum. It eclipses President Donald Trump’s other policies to curtail immigration — which often rely on help from Mexico — by setting aside decades-old national and international laws.
Mexico is again providing critical support. It’s accepting not only Mexicans, but people from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras who accounted for well over half of all U.S. border arrests last year.
The Trump administration has offered little detail on the rules that, unlike its other immigration policies, have yet to be challenged in court. The secrecy means the rules got little attention as they took effect March 20, the same day Trump announced the southern border was closed to nonessential travel.
“The administration is able to do what they always wanted to do,” said Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel for the American Immigration Council, which has criticized the administration. “I don’t see this slowing down.”
The administration tapped a law allowing the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ban foreigners if their entry would create “a serious danger” to the spread of communicable disease. The U.S. has the most cases in the world by far. CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield issued a 30-day order but said he may extend the rules.
Mexico won’t take unaccompanied children and other “vulnerable people,” including people over 65 and those who are pregnant or sick, said Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, Mexico’s consul general in San Diego.
The U.S. also is returning Central American children who travel with grandparents, siblings and other relatives, said a congressional aide who was briefed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information was not intended for public release. Previously, children who weren’t with parents or guardians were considered unaccompanied and automatically put into the asylum pipeline.
The health risks of holding migrants in crowded spaces like Border Patrol stations is “the touchstone of this order,” Redfield wrote. He said exceptions to immediately expelling someone can be considered but didn’t elaborate.
An internal Border Patrol memo obtained by ProPublica said an agent who determines that a migrant claims a “reasonably believable” fear of being tortured can be referred for additional screening under the U.N. Convention Against Torture, a lesser form of asylum that’s harder to qualify for.
Under the rules, agents take migrants to the nearest border crossing in specially designated vehicles and avoid stations, minimizing the risk of exposure to the virus.
Matthew Dyman, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol’s parent agency, declined to comment on the internal memo or provide guidance about the new rules.
“Obtaining and posting leaked information is a great way to degrade trust and communication between CBP and the media,” he said.
In less than two weeks, the U.S. has expelled more than 7,000 people, according to the congressional aide who was briefed last week. Those not sent to Mexico are flown to their home countries. CBP had about 300 people in custody last week, down from a peak of more than 19,000 during last year’s surge of border crossers.
March’s border enforcement numbers were expected to be released Thursday and may offer a closer look at the impact of the virus.
Ten Senate Democrats sent a letter to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, who oversees border agencies, saying the Trump administration appeared to have “granted itself sweeping powers to summarily expel large, unknown numbers of individuals arriving at our border.”
“A public health crisis does not give the Executive Branch a free pass to violate constitutional rights, nor does it give the Executive Branch permission to operate outside of the law,” they wrote this week.
For Reyes and others sent to Mexico, they don’t know what’s next.
Reyes said she joined dozens who entered the Guatemalan mountains illegally in a bid to reach Honduras but was stopped by soldiers and returned to Mexico, where she was quarantined in a migrant shelter. She said Mexican authorities questioned her about her health, but U.S. authorities didn’t.
Four adults and seven children expelled from Texas also crossed into the mountains and are now hiding at a house in Guatemala because of a curfew tied to the virus.
“We want to leave already, but I don’t know who can help us,” said Fanny Jaqueline Ortiz of Honduras, who was with her 12- and 3-year-old daughters. “There is no transportation, no bus, nothing.”
Many Mexican shelters have closed over virus concerns, leaving many stranded in violent cities or reliant on relatives in the U.S. to send money for rent.
Trump’s previous policies have targeted asylum but stopped short of ending it, acknowledging the 1951 U.N. Refugee Convention to provide haven to displaced people and a 1980 U.S. law that established the asylum system.
Under his “Remain in Mexico” policy, more than 60,000 asylum-seekers have been forced to wait across the border for U.S. court hearings. Hearings are temporarily suspended because of the virus.
Verza reported from Mexico City and Galvan from Phoenix. Associated Press reporter Nomaan Merchant in Houston contributed to this report.
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“I’m not going to lie to you, I feel like my ex could be out right now.”
Karrie Lynn Dymond isn’t sure if her ex-boyfriend is still in prison. She lives in Ontario’s Durham region, but for her safety Dymond can’t share exactly where she’s weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. Her ex-boyfriend’s whereabouts are unknown to her and his last sighting terrified the 45-year-old. He was driving with a loaded gun in the trunk of his car, minutes away from her doorstep, and later arrested on drug and theft charges. With quarantine keeping Canadians at home, Dymond says she’d rather find shelter elsewhere than stay where he could easily track her.
“My phone’s on 24/7. If it rings right now [with a call from Durham Regional police], I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she told HuffPost Canada, noting that she’s asked Victim Services to inform her if he was out as part of prison outbreak prevention early releases for non-violent offenders.
Pressure to isolate at home is creating agonizing dilemmas for domestic violence survivors like Dymond, as well as Canadians currently quarantined with abusive partners. They are overwhelmingly women abused by men, living in already unsafe households that are tipping towards intensifying danger for themselves, as well as any children present.
Domestic violence reports are surging worldwide due to the pandemic, causing the United Nations to ask governments to respond with urgency. Drawing on early reports from China and France, experts anticipated survivors would be at risk for more violence as an abuser can exert more power in these circumstances and conflicts may escalate.
“Isolation is the biggest tool abusers use to control their victims. And right now it’s being handed to them on a silver platter,” Samra Zafar, 37, a public speaker and author from Toronto, told HuffPost Canada, adding that increased financial stress or COVID-19 job loss can turn an abused Canadian into a target for aggression. “Whenever there were times of crisis or financial stress or any other kind of stress [during my past marriage], he would always intensify.”
Zafar survived intimate partner abuse for a decade. When the coronavirus’ Canadian impact began to escalate, she worried about worsening fates for vulnerable women and was proven right. Google searches on relationship dysfunction issues and toxic relationships have been steady in several provinces over the last few weeks. Some helplines and women’s shelters across Canada are dealing with more calls, while others have seen equally distressing dips— with partners constantly at home, it can be harder for Canadians to seek help.
Vancouver-based counsellor Maya Jakob has noticed that some clients are struggling to talk to her. One tried to use a Starbucks drive-thru visit as an excuse to get away from home. But even that brief reprieve for a counselling session in her car was cut short, Jakob told HuffPost Canada. “How is she supposed to explain her absence?”
Andrea Silverstone is the executive director of Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society in Calgary. Her organization is one of many resources survivors can turn to, aided by government financial assistance. While they’re doing everything they can and official numbers on a domestic abuse surge in Canada are yet to come, Silverstone warns that domestic violence is “the canary in the coal mine” if measures aren’t taken on all levels.
“Those rates are going to go up faster than any of the other social issues that we’re going to see,” Silverstone told HuffPost Canada. “This is not just about a social service response to those who experienced domestic violence. Every Canadian has a role to play.”
Here’s what Canadians should keep in mind if they or someone they know is quarantined with an abuser:
The signs of abuse aren’t always obvious
The federal government’s website states that worsening mood,nervousness around the abuser or excusing their actions, and covering bruises are some indications that abuse is happening.
Dymond’s resilience led her to found the victim advocacy organization Keep Your Hands 2 Yourself, but she points out that her outlook on life was completely different when the abuse was ongoing. A friend noticed red flags that indicated Dymond’s plight: she seemed more withdrawn and had stopped wearing dresses she loved.
As many at home are dealing with COVID-19 anxiety, demeanour changes may mimic those symptoms. Dymond emphasizes the role of community who can check in on those they’re worried about. Having confidantes who are aware that things are wrong at home can provide emotional relief, as well as be their second-hand connection to resources they aren’t able to access on their own.
Zafar agrees that social connection in a time of physical distancing is more important than ever for Canadians who are experiencing abuse. That’s why she’s set up a few Zoom socials they can access, including a weekly awareness group and a connection circle with other survivors.
Survivors might downplay their trauma
Silverstone told HuffPost Canada that survivors are experts at coping with their circumstances, often developing skills and strategies that manage violence in their everyday life. That may look like holding down a job with hours different from their partner or going to social activities outside of their homes, both of which are examples where they can avoid time spent with an abuser in an acceptable way. But without social or work spaces to find comfort in, many are unable to access their coping mechanisms.
As such, some might develop a new strategy to cope: Downplaying how bad their situation is.
“If I think back to my marriage, my biggest fear is other women stuck in these situations feeling isolated, alone, or helpless,” Zafar said. “Psychologically, that’s a debilitating feeling. If you feel like no one cares and there are bigger things in the world to worry about, you can feel guilty.”
It doesn’t help that abusers may encourage this mentality, by calling their victims “drama queens,” guilting them for taking outdoor trips, or having any alone time, she said.
“You’re already conditioned to believe everything is your fault, ‘I’m the one who made him angry, what’s wrong with me?’” Zafar said as an example.
Common signs of emotional abuse during quarantine may include a partner claiming time away from loved ones is the answer to problems, keeping constant tabs on who one talks to online, and chipping away at their self-esteem. Signs of physical abuse may be harder to see without looking at in-person bruises or marks; in this case, a person being abused may flinch or look uneasy when a partner is around, cringe when touched by surprise, appear hypervigilant of their surroundings, and withdraw from loved ones. Signs of neglect or mistreatment may include being denied access to basic human needs or pandemic-related safety gear.
However, it’s important to keep in mind there’s no one way to look abused: Zafar points out that others have discredited her for being happy or smiling. “Would you believe me if I was sitting there crying with bruises on my face?”
Should someone you know be echoing their abuser’s sentiments, it’s important to remind them about their worth and what they know to be reality versus what their abuser says is real.
If one suspects someone they know is being abused, Jakob stresses how important it is to not let their abuser know you’re onto them, especially in these times.
“If the abusive partner thinks that other people know what’s going on, the other person could be put at more risk or blamed for the [wariness],” she said.
Instead she suggests making sure lines of communication are always open.
“How is the isolation? What are you going through? What do you need?” are safe initial questions to ask without prying, Jakob says.
If you feel the need to share resources, gauge your loved one’s situation. It might be safer to send a general mental health counselling guide that they can justify as pandemic-related, over something that might endanger them if their abuser discovers the link.
Not everyone can leave
Allies might be tempted to “rescue” a loved one from their quarantine situation. However, many survivors may stay with abusers because of kids, finances, or other obligations that have ensured dependency on their abuser — survivors like Zafar may have tried to leave multiple times already — as well as to protect themselves from getting killed.
Up to 35 per cent of women have experienced violence in their lives, but instances often go unreported; according to StatsCan data, one in every four violent crimes reported to police involve family violence and around 70 per cent of intimate partner violence cases in Canada don’t involve police.
For Canadians who were planning to leave before the pandemic, their exit plan may be on pause because the safety nets they were hoping to rely on fell through or their household is too volatile to make any sudden moves, Jakob notes.
“I’m trying to connect them to the hope that this will end [eventually] and all the work they had done to exit isn’t lost,” she said, adding that it depended on the situation; if the abuse escalates for her clients, she would recommend a safe shelter or transition house (although, she worries those places are dealing with limited capacity, already stretched thin before the pandemic).
Women from marginalized communities are more likely to face worse outcomes. Indigenous women are up to three times more likely to be abused by spouses than the general population. LGBTQ individuals may not be believed when they disclose. Newcomersmay not have access to resources or know their rights. In certain communities, domestic violence may be excused to uphold familial honour or cultural stigma. (See our resources section below for further help.)
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It took years of counselling before Zafar understood what was happening to her wasn’t OK and to unlearn the shameful messages she heard from family members that had normalized her husband’s mistreatment.
Consider a quarantine-specific safety plan
Many Canadian organizations encourage “safety planning” as a way for survivors to prioritize their safety in three stages: when leaving isn’t an option, when they’re trying to exit, and after they’ve left. This typically includes steps that soothe emotional distress and prioritize physical safety, which can look different depending on one’s situation.
Jakob recommends “informal wellness checks” as an essential part of safety planning during a quarantine. It’s up to social circles to frequently show both an abuser and an abused individual that eyes are still watching them. Regular calls or Zoom meetings under the grounds of catching up with an old friend can serve to see if someone’s situation has changed. However, these conversations should be carefully worded, as Jakob warns an abuser might be listening in at any time.
Asking open-ended questions after someone’s overall health and wellbeing can let someone take the lead in conversation.
General inquiries about how someone is dealing with the quarantine and the loss of access to work or school can allow them to share as much as they would like about their home life, as well as occasional offers that may help their situation: asking for help on an errand or offering for a pick-up of baked goods can give them temporary moments of normalcy.
It may potentially be beneficial to coordinate with other allies, who can regularly call, too. That way, everyone can keep tabs on the situation and compare notes.
Ending the call with promises to call again soon are important for all parties, as it reminds everyone that the person experiencing abuse is still cared for by others.
Building skills and celebrating progress is important
Supporters can also help in indirect ways. Zafar notes that many immigrant women in the situation she was once in might be able to devote quarantine time to building skills that can help them post-exit, such as financial literacy and pursuing free educational courses. Helping someone access these benign opportunities are unlikely to draw an abuser’s suspicion, while empowering them to arm themselves with knowledge that will make leaving easier.
On the flip side, she also acknowledges how hard it is to manage home life or dashed expectations for leaving because of the pandemic.
“Don’t beat yourself up if you’re not ready to walk out the door yet. Leaving isn’t linear,” she advised. “Staying away is the hardest part.”
When negative emotions run high, it may be helpful to practice mental wellness through exercises and meditation.
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Aside from professional treatment like trauma-informed therapy, many individuals with PTSD find a measure of success with resources modelled after Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or emotional regulation should they be unable to access counselling remotely.
Covering tracks online
Code words, which convey needs or danger through unrelated terms, are being used in France and supporters of victims of domestic abuse like BBC anchor Victoria Derbyshire have been subtle with their support. However, Jakob notes that hiding secret messages in plain sight — such as inquiring about how cold or hot the home’s temperature is, when you’re really asking after an abuser’s temper because they’re listening in — should be done with caution, as an abuser might catch on and be angered by the deception.
Protecting one’s digital privacy is often recommended. If possible, it’s important to consider browsing for resources in incognito mode, as well as having conversations about the abuser through social media accounts they aren’t aware of.
Should monitoring be a big concern, as some tech-savvy abusers may install secret spyware, a hidden phone might be the best device to use and a secret log of suspicions might be worth giving to a confidante.
Think twice before calling police
While organizations like Dymond’s and Canadian authorities recommend calling 911 if someone is in danger, involving the police isn’t the safest option for all Canadians. The U.S. Domestic Violence Hotline states that if a survivor hasn’t given a supporter the OK beforehand, law enforcement may end up exacerbating the violence.
State interventions may have longer histories of distrust and violence in some populations, such as the continuing impact of colonial policing on Indigenous communities and the lack of clean water on reserves now reeling with pandemic conditions. It may be wiser to work with the individual experiencing abuse, their informal supporters, and any professional help they are in touch with to come up with a safety plan that addresses scenarios where law enforcement may be considered.
Even with all the safety-planning one does, it’s really up to one person to stop the violence: the abuser. Deb Singh is a Toronto-based counsellor and activist working with Toronto Rape Crisis Centres. She notes that prisons don’t stop violence against survivors and carceral punishment hasn’t lowered rates. Abusers who stop abusing others do.
“It’s on the perpetuator to stop their behaviour,” she said.
Alternatives to police interventions or seeking incarceration can include involving community watches, Singh suggests. If a neighbour notices someone is hanging around a local’s door every day, it might be wise to make that person know multiple people are watching them.
Allies should check in with the survivor on whether calling 911 or an emergency alternative is preferable for their circumstances, but shouldn’t hesitate to call law enforcement if someone is in immediate danger of getting killed.
Support continues after leaving, too
Whether someone has been forced out of their home by escalating violence or left a decade ago, both Zafar and Singh point out that the after-effects of trauma linger long after damage is inflicted. Kids who witness abuse may deal with vicarious trauma. Checking in with survivors and their families who are physically safe, but potentially dealing with emotional fallout or are worried about being re-contacted by an abuser, is important, too.
For Zafar, the pandemic’s uncertainty and social isolation has caused memories to resurface.
“A lot of these things, I associate to times from my marriage … I can’t go out of the house, I can’t see my friends, and the anxiety bubbles up,” she said. You don’t ever move on from trauma. It’s always a part of you and you learn to manage it.”
Her advice to survivors who are re-triggered or reminded of rough times? Be kind to yourself.
“It’s human to feel this way. I take care of myself, whether it’s reading a book, meditating, calling a friend, or you know, sitting and having a good cry. It’s totally valid. Being strong doesn’t mean you don’t feel weak sometimes.”
Shelters in your area can be reached 24/7 at Shelter Safe.
- Ontario: The Assaulted Women’s Helpline (1-866-863-0511)
- British Columbia: VictimLink (1-800-563-0808)
- Quebec: SOS Violence Conjugale (1-800-363-9010)
- Alberta: Family Violence Info Line (310-1818) and Sagesse
- Nova Scotia: provincial crisis services (1-855-466-4994)
- Yukon: Kaushee’s Place (1-867-668-5733)
- Prince Edward Island: Island Help Line (1-800-218-2885)
- Manitoba: Stop the Violence (1-877-977-0007)
- Indigenous: Talk 4 Healing (1-855-554-4325), First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line (1-855-242-3310), Native Women’s Association of Canada
- Newcomers: Immigrant and Refugee Communities
- Muslim women: NISA Helpline (1-888-315-6472)
- Francophone: Fem’aide (1-877-336-2433)
- Youth: Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868), LGBT Youthline
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MONTREAL — A crowdfunding campaign to support a Quebec security guard allegedly injured by a driver angry about Walmart’s social distancing policies has been suspended after new details about the incident emerged.
Sherbrooke police said that Philippe Jean had refused to let both Nacime Kouddar and his girlfriend into the store on Saturday, as only one customer per vehicle was allowed inside at once as part of policies to limit the spread of coronavirus. An altercation ensued, leading to the guard being dragged by a vehicle for several metres and suffering a serious head injury.
Jean, 35, remains in intensive care in hospital, and Kouddar, 25, has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and failure to stop after an accident.
But surveillance video obtained by Kouddar’s lawyer reportedly shows the guard getting into his own vehicle to chase the customer, according to La Tribune. Security footage apparently recorded Jean exiting his truck and jumping onto the hood of Kouddar’s vehicle, said the newspaper.
Aurélien Hallade, who started an online fundraiser for Jean’s family, decided to suspend the campaign on Tuesday “until all the light is shed on this story.” He told HuffPost Quebec that some donors had contacted him to ask that he “temporarily halt the collection.”
Hallade and crowdfunding platform Tiing froze the $163,690 that had been raised so far. Hallade said he doesn’t know the victim, but has spoken to his family a few times, and they’re in favour of suspending the campaign “until emotions come down.”
He promised donors will be given the option to maintain or withdraw their donations before April 20, when the campaign is scheduled to close. He said Tiing assured him such a procedure was possible and had been used before.
“I launched this fundraiser because a security agent was injured,” said Hallade, who trains security guards. “My goal wasn’t to say who was right or wrong. It was to cover the damages caused and help the family.”
He added: “I don’t want to play judge in this story.”
Sherbrooke police spokesperson Martin Carrier told HuffPost that it was aware of the footage and had flagged it to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DCPP).
“It would be up to the DCPP to decide whether new charges should be laid,” Carrier said.
The DCPP declined to comment because the case is in front of the court.
Kouddar was granted bail Wednesday and released with several conditions.
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NEW YORK — The coronavirus has halted many plans in the music industry, from tour cancellations to album pushbacks, but it didn’t stop Grammy-nominated DJ-producer Alesso and former One Direction singer Liam Payne from filming a new music video.
The pair joined forces for the new dance song “Midnight” but couldn’t film a typical music video because of social distancing, quarantining and being homebound due to the spreading virus. So Alesso went into the Los Angeles studio where he originally created the track to film his portion while Payne, who lives in London, had a friend film him singing on his balcony.
The result is a clean, simple clip that could pass for a video that was not made with limitations. “Midnight” was released Wednesday.
“It was nice just to make a video with a lot less noise around it — music videos are always so busy,” Payne said in a phone interview with The Associated Press this week. “For me personally, just to be able to go outside my house, perform a song on the balcony and just sing it the way I wanted to perform it rather than have people telling me how to move or what to do, or anything like that. It was very much our video and I’m proud of that.”
“It’s kind of refreshing to just see Liam perform and me just working on the song,” Alesso added. “That’s really how we do it, you know? And kind of let the song have the shine. For me, it was refreshing.”
“Midnight” is relationship song about coming together. But the performers said with the impact the coronavirus has had around the world, the song has taken on a special meaning.
“It definitely gives it a bigger meaning. We’re always going to listen to this song, at least me and Liam, and think about these times,” Alesso said. “I think it definitely gives it a special feeling to it.”
“We’re all learning new things about our spouses and spending so much time together with them, people overcoming such massive things in the world together. I think that definitely lends a hand toward the song as well and how you overcome these sorts of things,” Payne added.
“Midnight” is one of many songs the 26-year-old Payne has released since One Direction went on hiatus in 2015. He dropped his debut album “LP1” in December and hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with multi-platinum hit, “Strip It Down.” The English singer has also collaborated with J Balvin, Zedd, French Montana, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Rita Ora.
Alesso, who is Swedish, has cracked the Top 40 with the platinum hits “Heroes (We Could Be),” featuring Tove Lo, and “Let Me Go,” with Hailee Steinfeld, Florida Georgia Line and Watt. The 28-year-old has also had success as a remixer, even earning a Grammy nomination for his house version of OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself.”
Alesso had been looking for a singer to perform on “Midnight” and was happy Payne jumped onboard: “He added his incredible flavour to it. It really turned out incredible.”
The artists say while at home, they’re continuing to be creative. Alesso is working tirelessly in the same studio where he produced “Midnight” and filmed the song’s video.
“I work like 10 times more now because I have more free time. My creativity really flows better now because I’m just home and I’m not distracted by touring and that kind of stuff,” said Alesso, who added: “I also, of course, sit and play a lot of video games and watch a lot of Netflix.”
Payne says he’s been busy “drawing, sketching artwork, painting stuff.” He’s also been giving back to his community by donating 360,000 meals to food banks in need during the pandemic through the charity The Trussell Trust.
He hopes “Midnight” — the song and video — can have a positive impact on people.
“It’s important at this time to step out there for our fans. While everyone’s stuck at home and self-isolating, I just think it’s important to still have stuff coming through to bring a little bit of sunshine to everybody’s day,” Payne said.
Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press
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