June 1999 - Abuse of Foreigners NY Police Style

  Last May, the Human Rights Organisation - Amnesty International released a study, which states that undocumented immigrants face a world of "brutality" in the United States.
  "Beatings, sexual aggression, denying medical treatment and withholding food" are some of the mistreatments that members of the border patrol commonly inflict on immigrants, states Amnesty International.

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New York Police on Trial
June 1999

An excerpt from MIGRATION NEWS Vol. 6, No. 6, June 1999
by Philip Martin, University of California, Davis CA 95616

The trial of four New York police officers accused of brutalizing
Haitian security guard Abner Louima in August 1997 suggested that
New York police officers often terrorize immigrants, and that the
blue "wall of silence" usually protects officers.  A fifth
policeman is on trial for helping to cover up the incident.  On
May 25, one of the police officers changed his plea to guilty and
threw himself on the mercy of the court.

Immigrants may join the US Armed Forces, and about one-third of
the recruits from New York City are immigrants, the same
proportion as those under 18 in New York City who are immigrants.
About five percent of those in the US Army are foreign born, up
from two percent in 1990; some of the immigrants are naturalized
US citizens.  The Armed Forces wants high school graduates with
no criminal record.

Somini Sengupta, "To More Immigrant New Yorkers, A Better Life
Begins in Uniform," New York Times, May 23, 1999.  Gabriel
Escobar, "Dominicans Face Assimilation in Black and White,"
Washington Post, May 14, 1999.

Category Mistakes

An excerpt from WP 6/20/99

The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals denied asylum for a woman
from Guatemala who was fleeing a severely abusive husband. After
Guatemalan courts ruled a husband's beating of his wife was a
"private matter", Rodi Alvaredo Pena turned to the more
enlightened U.S. justice system. Our government openly admitted
that Ms. Pena had been repeatedly raped, kicked and
pistol-whipped by her husband and faced a direct and serious
threat of harm if she returned home. She would suffer, but she
would not suffer under any of the five categories recognized
under U.S. law: race, religion, nationality, political opinion or
social group. I can't emphasize enough the importance of acting
within the proper pigeon holes. If only Ms. Pena had thought to
utter some political views while being beaten...  (WP 6/20/99)

Previous Reports
  • Jan 96  Hypocrisy
  • Sep 97  Abolish the INS
  • Jan 98  Total breakdown imminent
  • Feb 98  The INS is still a giant devil
  • Mar 98  The emerging Crisis
  • Apr 98  The INS Scam
  • May 98  The H-1B Crisis
  • June 98 Crisis is FAKE
  • July 98  Set Back Campaign
  • Aug 98  Was there a deal?
  • Sep 98  No Deal!
  • Oct 98  Lifting the H-1B cap
  • Dec 98  Gross Abuse
  • Jan 99  Isn't it slavery?
  • May 99  INS Deports US Citizen
  • June 99  This page
  • July 99  More evidence . . .
    Don't  skip  these  pages
  • American Policy Regarding Immigration
  • How do Americans abuse foreigners?
  • Why do Americans abuse foreigners?
  • Apartheid American style

  • References  for further reading
  • Public Opinions

  • My experience in the United States
  • Seeking representation in NJ at U.S. D.C.
  • Read my 1995 article published in Civil-Rights
  • See related articles in PUBPOL  

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