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Yariel Valdés González, an assistant to Washington Blade, who has applied for asylum in the USA, speaks to Blade International's news director Michael Okay. Lavers concerning the medium security system of the Bossier parish at Plain Dealing, La, July 1, 2019. Valdés continues to be beneath the supervision of the US immigration and customs authorities and has described the circumstances of the institution as a violation of human rights.

Editor's Word: Yariel Valdés González is an assistant to Washington Blade who has utilized for asylum in america

Valdés has beforehand described the circumstances for medium safety methods within the Bossier parish at Plain Dealing, La. Immigration and customs supervision are a violation of human rights. The ICE spokesman responded to Valdés' earlier allegations, saying that the company is committed to sustaining an immigrant prison system that provides priority to the well being, safety and well-being of all those in custody, together with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. and intersex (LGBTI) individuals. ”

Blade acquired the Valdés ops on June 29th.

HANDLING OF PLAIN, La. – The American dream of dwelling absolute freedom; Protected from threats, persecutions, violence, psychological torture and even dying Cuban dictatorship has set me because my journalistic work broke down in my palms as soon as I arrived in Louisiana. Right here, the Cubans, who’re additionally in search of safety from the US authorities, welcomed me with the ironic surprise of using Bossier's parish medium security system. They opened their palms and stated to me, "Welcome to Hell!"

hardly consider they’ve spent nine, ten and even 11 months asking, ready
A constructive response from the immigration authorities of their case

I was illusory that when an asylum seeker who interviewed me on the Tallahatchie County Correctional Middle in Tutwiler, March 28, said that I had "a credible worry of persecution or torture in Cuba, one hearing with an immigration decide can be enough to get my conditional release and proceed the freedom of my case, as allowed by US regulation. But I used to be improper. The locals (right here in Bossier) took their very own mockery again.

"No one
they arrive from Louisiana! "They proclaimed.

My dream spent just some minutes, like many others, for a nightmare. More than 30 immigrants arriving in Louisiana on Might three, arriving in Mississippi more than a month in detention at Tallahatce, have been subjected to deep melancholy that continues right now. Only tears underneath the blanket that no one can see can ease my despair for a few minutes, and I feel it once once more in my chest once I consider my household in Cuba, who nonetheless will get the victims of demise from Cuba due to dictatorship as a result of I work with media enemies. This reality is the only factor that awaits me there. So I see the state of affairs in Louisiana and I’m afraid once more. I can't see the exit. Prisoner right here, prisoner, if I come back to Cuba. I really feel trapped.

Violation of Your Regulation

I noticed
a number of days after I arrived in Louisiana, who does
selections are usually not objective or dedicated to those that are held. Louisiana
seems like a lost "gringo" geography where no one appears
To look or vice versa, it’s a cold calculated strategy that wins
authoritarianism, abuse of power or indifference. I do not know what

Over a couple of who’ve arrived here have come to the conclusion that the USA has made a new business for immigrants. With immigrants being arrested for therefore lengthy, a whole lot of staff and legal professionals are retained in business, and large income are being made in prisons the place US immigration and customs enforcement agreements are. It has turn into clear that the government needs to spend greater than $ 60 a day per immigrant than to free us with our own identification.

"Louisiana
is an anti-immigrant state ”, Arnaldo Hernández Cobas, a 55-year-old Cuban
a person whose asylum course of has lasted 11 months tells me. "It isn’t
hundreds of people who undergo the method to go away
winner. "

Hernández
says that ICE representatives have never met her throughout her delivery
The expulsion officer has never seen him.

“I don't know if I have any guarantees,” he says. “Decide Grady A. Crooks confirms that we aren’t fulfilling this and doesn’t give it to those who are entitled to it because they will escape. This solely happens in this state as a result of immigrants somewhere else are launched they usually can continue outdoors their instances once they make guarantees.

One other option to achieve conditional freedom is a condition provided by the federal authorities to asylum seekers who enter the country legally and have a credible worry of suffering, persecution or torture of their nations of origin.

"So as to
ICE asks for numerous questions that family members ought to send to them,
however what occurs is that they don't give them enough time to take action, "
says Arnaldo.

That is
exactly what happened to me.

My family managed to send the documents the subsequent day to a parole interview that was scheduled the subsequent day. Nevertheless, ICE refused to point out that "I am not at risk for society." I'm positive they did not even take the case significantly.

There are stories that define absurdity as a result of many immigrants have acquired their obligatory listening to on the identical day they need to have submitted their documents. That's why plainly ICE will stifle you on your face and really feel helpless at most

awarding circumstances is a new process ICE has to satisfy, nevertheless it doesn't go
along with that. They use this and other secret strategies to "stay good"
regulation and subsequently they think about asylum seekers to be in custody
months. They convey them to hearings they don't win
expulsion of persons who don’t give in to the strain of childbirth with out
correctly assess the danger of returning to their residence

ICE is
we’re obliged to launch us a number of days after it has granted the allow and we already comprehend it
don't need to do this. Their aim is to maintain us locked at all costs.

"
The merciless irony is that a lot of the asylum seekers who adhere to the regulation and
there isn’t a have to ask for immigration in the official ports
decide for his or her launch from custody, ”declared Laura Rivera
Southern Poverty Regulation Middle, which supplies legal assistance
for immigrants, in the article “Stuck
"To Hell": Cuban asylum seekers stop Louisiana immigration
in prisons. “On the contrary, their solely method to safe them
Freedom is to ask for a similar agency to arrest them, residence country
Security. "

But DHS – comparable to Rivera's particulars in an article revealed by Southern Poverty Regulation Middle – ignores its energy to element release requests. Quite the opposite, it prohibits conditional launch without justification.

"Men
stored hidden from the surface world, locked and punished for protection
their rights and should deliver their case to the immigration judges who
to ban them as much as 100%, ”Rivera confirmed.

One other of the method violations in Arnaldo's case was that he was assured of the place he was first arrested, that he might win his case together with his wife, "but when he came to" Louisiana, the decide "informed me that this was not allowed for every case Arnaldo can’t be totally different from his spouse because they’ve been collectively for 37 years. His spouse has been free for 9 months, however she stays behind the beams. And so it happens with mothers and boys, brothers and comparable instances. Once, subjectivity determines the fate of a person

in his time
heard with Crooks, Arnaldo declared to be "very unpleasant"
as a result of he considers him extreme.

"He
stated he confessed solely to excessive instances, Arnaldo says. "Doorways
mark something to him. He describes himself as an expulsion decide, not as a refuge
decide. On a regular basis, once I've been right here, nobody has gained asylum, not even
guarantees, solely expulsions. "

decisive
the proof of the extremism of the decide came in the future when one other decide attended hearings
and immigrants who filed their instances acquired asylum.
the instance could not have been more illustrative

Douglas
Puche Moxeno, a 23-year-old Venezuelan man who has spent nine months
Louisiana also stated that prisoners didn’t receive any further info
how the method ought to be followed and the way it ought to be accomplished. ”

” I
don't know if they explained to us methods to get conditional launch, ”
He says:

Douglas says, in response to his hearings, "the judge told me that he knew the true situation in Venezuela, but he refused to grant me asylum because I am not an extreme case. He expects someone to come to the United States without a hand or foot." 19659003] Louisiana immigrants make every effort to free them, they’ve made these complaints on television channels and have even gone to Cuban American Senan Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

.
have reached the purpose where an motion towards ICE, Douglas explains.
“The Southern Poverty Regulation Middle has proposed a
a lawsuit in search of to reconsider the phrases. This is likely one of the most hopeful
ways we have to get freedom. If we succeed, the advantages can be
for everyone. ”

” Totally different
oppose the strain of the authorities and restore our rights as immigrants
is organized, ”Douglas says. “Kin, legal professionals and totally different
Institutions have met in Miami, Washington and even right here in Louisiana
to make ICE conscious of the injustices towards us

"This is not your country"

Bossier is in Louisiana deep in a jail hidden in its surrounding forest. Daily inside it there’s a fixed wrestle for survival, which takes monumental bodily, psychological, and above all emotional capacity. Greater than 300 immigrants reside in 4 flats in confined circumstances with intense chilly and 0.

Here we’re reminded of faculty dorms in Cuba, the place we have been pressured to share
odors, flavors and primary wants. Right here we additionally share Hindu, African, Chinese,
Nepali, Syrian and Central American immigrants beliefs, cultures, and

My private area is lowered to a slender metallic plate hooked up to the floor, a box for my own issues, and a skinny mattress that can hardly hold my again aside from the metallic, which typically causes again pain. Probably the most painful thing, nevertheless, is the best way the officers treat us. "Better or worse" appears to be a federal prisoner.

"In response to
For ICE, we’re "imprisoned", not prisoners, however we’ve still suffered bodily
and psychological abuse, ”Arnaldo says. “I keep in mind once when
the officer pulled the man of Salvadoran for three days solely to eat
in her mattress. They don't supply us anything they usually don't speak to us, they
shout. They awaken you by kicking the bed. ”

“ The
The smallest excuse is used to remove the microwave, tv or refusal
we’re left, reinforcing this can be a luxury and never a necessity, ”Arnaldo claims.
“Once we complain about these conditions. They tell us: “This isn’t yours
nation. ””

Smiling
isn’t a standard dorm. The face of affliction and sorrow is predominant.
Excellent news is nearly all the time false and irritating and traumatic
giving delivery causes us to return.

"I.
feels very unhappy, barely right here, as if I had killed somebody
the assault we get, the circumstances of the place, ”Damián says
Álvarez Arteaga, a 31-year-old man who has spent 11 months in prison
US

Freedom
is probably the most useful thing a person has, he adds. "I hope that
I get a constructive response from my case a lot time spent
prisoner. We’ve proven america that we’re actually afraid
suffering from persecution or torture in Cuba. "

Hours
Right here seems to be the top: They stretch, they multiply, however never shorten
or go fast. The one contact outdoors the world is the telephone
communication or video calls (at elevated prices) for family members, pals or
Legal professionals and occasional trips to the patio to greet the boy and take the recent air.

Each time I've been here, I saw a boy a number of occasions and only
15 minutes, and it’s because we’ve complained, ”remembers Arnaldo.

Lawn,
As we also call it, there are small fences and surveillance cameras
in the midst of it’s a cement surface the place some of us play soccer
they provide us the ball. I turn my yellow uniform on my knees
Let the sun heat up my limbs somewhat as my eyes run towards
a lush forest that may be a few meters away from me. I like the sky, few
Automobiles that run on a nearby motorway and take a deep breath
oxygen because i know i had just come out of the deep sea and desperately

"Every day is the same food for the same activity," Douglas says. “There is not enough room in this prison to invest so many people for so long. We don't have a library or family visits. ”

Yariel Valdés González interviews a Mexican immigrant in a lesbian-language immigrant shelter in Mexico, Mexico, on January 27, 2019. Valdés from Cuba has applied for asylum in america and stays underneath the supervision of the US immigration and customs authorities in Louisiana. (Photograph by Washington Bladen: Michael Okay. Lavers)

“Soup is Currency”

My day in Bossier begins just a little earlier than 5.00. Name me by calling “assembly”, I get a plastic tray at breakfast. At the moment is a grain day, low-fat milk, bread and a small portion of jelly. The menu is identical day by day of the week. I all the time save a few of it as a result of there’s nothing to eat till noon

"Food is not right", learns Daman. “My stomach has already been used for this small part. Bread with hot sauce and some vegetables or mortadella can not maintain an adult man and can not keep you fit so that it does not withstand such a stressful process. ”

The last meal of the day is at 16:00 and because this can be a fantasy to be in mattress at 23 o'clock in full stomach. I will scale back the ache of hunger on a fast plate with a carrot and a scorching canine that I'd sharpen myself out of the day's meals.

Because I nonetheless have money, I should buy soups and additional things to make Bossier's poor food somewhat higher. Bossier categorizes those that don’t receive financial help from their households, "insignificant", and are pressured to wash their other prisoners in return for the Maruchan soup. Right here the soup is the foreign money. Every thing starts and ends with a hungry night time saver

can purchase these and other issues at elevated costs
in the retailer where we’ve got entry and for whom we depend on every thing, says
Damián.

Bossier n
However, medical providers are so primary that the doctor just isn’t even
or nurse during a name and there is no room for sufferers and
Negotiations are solely held from Monday to Friday.

"One
who get sick, put in punishment cells, alone and alone, what
psychologically affects us, ”says Arnaldo. “Individuals typically don't
they are saying they don't know properly because they’re afraid they will be sent
"Very well." In excessive instances, they take you to the hospital together with your ft, arms and
the waist is discouraged they usually hold you tied to the bed, nonetheless underneath the guard. I want
endure before hospitalization. ”

Yuni Pérez
López, a 33-year-old Cuban, experienced this unlucky state of affairs first.
He was in the gap for six days because he had a fever.

"I.
it felt like I used to be being punished for sickness, ”he says. "And
despite the fact that the physician launched me, they stored me there. It was like being
Fridge: Four partitions, bed, rest room and lightweight that by no means goes out. Go
From there I had to cease eating all day lengthy to the officials
they usually returned me to the dorm. "

Bossier
also depart you chilled to the bone because we will't use blankets or sheets
covers ourselves from 07:00 to 16:00. It's not aesthetics, nor is it
discipline, because officials will not be concerned with making your bed
very. The one factor that disturbs them is once we are coated by ourselves

Immigrants interviewed by Washington Blade are those that have been in Bossier's longest. They all attraction to Crooks' choice to not grant them political asylum. I have not yet introduced my case, so I'm nonetheless slightly hope that I can get the protection of america. Like them, I attempt to get used to this difficult reality and be robust, although more often than not grief consumes me and eliminates constructive ideas.

The USA isn’t for me – like many – to have a pleasant life, the newest automotive or McDonald's. None of this will ever fill my household, pal or passionate love with the emptiness I left. The USA represents the chance to reside, so I maintain it to the top.

Yariel Valdés González was the editor of Tremenda Nota, a Cuban media companion for Washington Bladen earlier than he left the country in 2018. He took this picture of delight, transgender and Cuban flags on Mi Cayito, a homosexual seashore east of Havana. (Photograph: Yariel Valdés González)

Publish's "American Nightmare" first appeared in Washington Blade: Homosexual News, Politics, LGBT Rights.