Border Patrol officials in Southern California are defending their actions after a dramatic video of agents apprehending an undocumented mom as her daughters watched on ran viral this week.
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The video, filmed last Saturday, indicates agents pulling 36 -year-old Perla Morales-Luna away from her exclaiming daughters on a street corner in National City, California. The agents drive off rapidly after placing Morales-Luna in the backseat of a Border Patrol vehicle, and her daughters appear to be left on the street confused.
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Judith Castro-Rangel, who identifies herself as a teacher of one of Morales-Luna’s daughters, posted the video on Thursday to Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 10 million times.
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The violent and insensitive nature of the arrest has outraged human rights and immigration activists.
The California Border Patrol has accused Morales-Luna of being a “human smuggling facilitator who recruited drivers to transport illegal foreigners from a remote border area in eastern San Diego County to a stash house in National City as part of a larger transnational criminal organization.”
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The allegation came in a late Friday statement in which the agency also claimed that Morales-Luna was among a group of individuals who were arrested in a “smuggling event” that took place in January. It also added she had “eluded” that arrest and had refused to self-surrender “despite phone conversations” between her and Border Patrol.
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In an interview with HuffPost, Morales-Luna’s attorney Andres Moreno II denied that his client had any participation with a criminal organization, adding that Morales-Luna didn’t know why she was being detained until immigration agents already had her in custody.
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Moreno also said that he wasn’t aware of any telephone call that took place between Morales-Luna and Border Patrol.
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“She has not been charged with doing anything criminal, ” Moreno said of his client, who he claimed has been here since she was 15 years old. “She has no criminal history at all.”
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Moreno told HuffPost that his client was with her three daughters, ages 12, 15 and 17, on their style to pay rent when a plainclothes officer approached Morales-Luna. After she identified herself to the officer, he told border patrol agents apprehended her.
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Morales-Luna was transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday morning, where Moreno said her case will be processed. California Border Patrol confirmed in their statement that she “has been processed for removal.”
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Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco told the Los Angeles Times that Morales-Luna was being held on suspicion of being in the country illegally.
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Every now and then, a study is released whose conclusions are almost ludicrously obvious. Research confirming that better-camouflaged eggs are less likely to be eaten by opportunistic predators, for example or perhaps the paper that concluded that high-quality colonoscopies are better than far cheaper ones.
Another of these studies has just cropped up, politenes of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC ). Looking at the sexual activity and behaviors of teens( aged 15 -1 9) in the US between 2011 and 2015, it notes that teenage pregnancy rates are at an all-time low, at around 22.3 per 1,000 females. Back in 1991, this rate was 62 per 1,000.
At the same time, female adolescents use of contraceptives during their first time having sexuality increased from 75 percent in 2002 to 81 percent by 2015. Male adolescents use of a condom during their first sexuality also increased from 71 percentage to 77 percentage by 2015. It is unlikely that the drop in teenage pregnancies in the same time period are merely a coincidence.
The authors are at pains to point out that the rate of teenage pregnancies is still incredibly high compared to other developed world. Back in 2011, France had a rate of 7 pregnancies per 1,000 female teenagers, and Germanys was as low as 5 per 1,000.
Its also quite worrying that the use of emergency contraception in American female teens has jumped up from 8 percent in 2002 to 23 percent by 2015.
Still, the general trend is heading in the right direction and access to contraceptives is the key factor driving this. If anything, this study has revealed that teens are becoming far more sensible when it is necessary to sex activity than ever before.
Plenty of federal and state-level plans to educate and money teenage pregnancy prevention programs have been launched as of late, and the CDC determined that as long as these programs existed, then cutting back on Americas startlingly high rate was a winnable battle.
However, attempts by the current federal government to defund groups like Schemed Parenthood one of the foremost providers of contraceptives in America will only help to stall the efforts to get the teenage pregnancy rate down.
Teenage pregnancy rates aren’t the only thing that will be affected by this uptick in contraceptive use, intellect you. Sexually active adolescents have a far higher hazard of get sexually transmitted infections( STIs) than adults. The total direct cost to the US via STIs among all ages is $15.6 billion, and adolescents and young adult Americans aged 15 -2 4 account for almost half of the 20 million new STIs in the US every single year.
At the same time as reducing teenage pregnancy rates, the CDC suggests that this uptick in contraceptive utilize, at the least when it comes to condoms, will surely help reduce the rate of teenage incidences of STIs over time.
[ H/ T: Reuters]