Latest links and stories – February 21, 2017

img_2514I collect immigration news on a Flipboard magazine. Since I can’t yet embed that magazine on my blog, I’m trying to post some of the latest links each weekday morning.

Rumors and leaks drive today’s immigration news. Trump will soon issue a new travel ban, but officials will only talk off the record, which gives them room to float trial balloons about what the ban will and won’t do. Best bet is that it will continue to target the same seven Muslim-majority countries, but will not restrict legal permanent residents – and maybe not others who already have visas. Refugee admissions, already drastically reduced, will continue to be targeted, despite a complete lack of evidence of danger from refugees and despite a continuing failure to specify what kind of vetting the administration wants to add to the multi-year, multi-agency, multi-interview screening already in place.

Source: Revised travel ban targets same countries (AP/MPR, 2/20/2017)

Trump’s revised travel ban will target same countries: Report (The Hill, 2/21/2017)

How bad will Trump’s mass deportations get? Here’s a big thing to watch for. (Washington Post, 2/20/2017)

“Over the weekend, two memos signed by new Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were leaked to the media, revealing plans to dramatically expand the pool of undocumented immigrants who will be targeted for deportation under President Trump. Though the memos are not yet official policy, they suggest Trump’s vow of mass deportations could, in some form, soon become a reality.

“But buried in the memos is a separate provision that is worthy of attention on its own. That provision, immigration lawyers tell me, raises the possibility that under Trump, enforcement officers will have an easier time than under President Obama of arresting undocumented immigrants who are in schools or hospitals or are seeking sanctuary in churches.”

Tribe says border wall would divide its people as if someone ‘built a wall in your living room’ (New York Times, 2/20/2017)

“A wall would not just split the tribe’s traditional lands in the United States and Mexico, members say. It would threaten an ancestral connection that has endured even as barriers, gates, cameras and Border Patrol agents have become a part of the landscape.

“Our roots are here,” Richard Saunders said, standing by a border gate in San Miguel, which he and his wife pass through — when it is open — to visit her grandparents’ graves, 500 yards into Mexico. “Our roots are there, too, on the south side of this gate.”

Daniel Ramirez Medina’s Lawyer: “Absolutely No Evidence” to Support DREAMer’s Continued Detention (Democracy Now, 2/20/2017)

British Muslim teacher denied entry to U.S. on school trip (The Guardian, 2/20/2017)

Day Without Immigrants: ‘More than 100 workers’ fired over strike (BBC, 2/20/2017)

Immigrant’s Suicide Raises Questions About Safety Of Detention Centers (NPR, 2/20/2017)

Breaking the deportation machine (Bill Moyers & Company, 2/15/2017)

Mexican kidnappers pile misery on to Central Americans fleeing violence (The Guardian, 2/21/2017)

The global waiting room: displaced migrants headed to US in limbo in Tijuana (The Guardian, 2/21/2017)

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet,, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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