Latest Links and stories – February 23, 2017

No human is illegal.pngI collect immigration news on a Flipboard magazine. Since I can’t yet embed that magazine on my blog, I’m  posting some of the latest links each weekday morning. Today – impact of Trump’s expanded deportation policies across the U.S., in Canada, and in Mexico; new proposals to limit legal immigration, how rapid hiring of Border Patrol agents endangers U.S. security, and more:

What’s new in those DHS memos on immigration enforcement? (NPR, 2/22/2017) Excellent summary, especially if you missed some or all of yesterday’s articles.

This is how Trump’s expanded deportation policy is being felt across the U.S. (Los Angeles Times, 2/22/2017)

“New York officials complain that immigration agents are staking out the misdemeanor courts, looking for immigrants who can be detained. One legal permanent resident who showed up in court Tuesday morning on a misdemeanor assault case in New York was nabbed by four agents who had been waiting for him. The man had a prior 2006 felony conviction for a nonviolent offense.

“This is reverberating in many different forms,” said Stan German, executive director of New York County Defender Services. “People are afraid to go to parent-teacher meetings or to the emergency room. And talk about national security: How are we going to get witnesses? Nobody is going to go near a police office or a courtroom where they have to give their name and identify themselves.’’

Mexico’s foreign secretary rejects Trump’s deportation policy (BBC, 2/22/2017)

“They include plans to enforce an existing provision of the US Immigration and Nationality Act that allows authorities to send undocumented migrants back to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.

“It is unclear whether the US has authority to force Mexico to accept foreigners.

“But Mr Videgaray said on Wednesday: “We are not going to accept that because we don’t have to and it is not in the interest of Mexico.”

A Surprising Salve for New York’s Beleaguered Cities: Refugees (New York Times, 2/20/2017) “Communities across upstate New York say an influx of refugees has helped
alleviate decades-long struggles with dwindling populations and opportunities.”

The Coming Battle Over Legal Immigration (The Atlantic, 2/23/2017)

“Cotton and Perdue opened a new front in these escalating immigration wars by proposing legislation that would cut in half the number of legal immigrants and refugees allowed into the U.S from today’s combined level of about 1.1 million annually….

“Any benefit that might derive from squeezing immigration to benefit those workers would carry other costs. Smaller workforce growth would mean lower overall economic growth. Fewer workers also threaten Social Security and Medicare. … Immigration helps maintain a more sustainable balance between the working age and retired population, especially because a significantly higher share of foreign-born adults (half) than native-born (one-third) are younger than 45.”

Mexico’s foreign secretary rejects Trump’s deportation policy (BBC, 2/22/2017)

New Trump travel ban delayed until next week, White House says (BBC, 2/23/2017)

Immigration hard-liners hold fire on ‘dreamers’ program (The Hill, 2/23/2017)

Trump’s plan to hire 15,000 Border Patrol and ICE agents won’t be easy (NPR, 2/23/2017)

White House Orders The Hiring Of 15,000 New Immigration Agents (NPR, 2/22/2017) In a disturbing forecast of problems to come,James Tomsheck, former head of internal affairs for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, explains what happened during the last big hiring push, when the Border Patrol doubled in size from 2006-2012. Polygraph tests showed:

“The results were shocking. More than half of the applicants failed to clear the exam, with the overwhelming majority giving us detailed admissions as to why it was they failed the exam. It was what these applicants had done in their past that most concerned us. They included serious felony crimes, active involvement in smuggling activities and several confirmed infiltrators who actually were employed by drug trafficking organizations who had been directed to seek out positions within Customs and Border Protection to advance ongoing criminal conspiracies, essentially be spies in our midst. …

“If there’s an effort to hire too many people too quickly, it would certainly stress the personnel security determination process to the point that it would inject errors and deeply concern that there may be an initiative at DHS or CBP to dilute the effectiveness of the polygraph program or, in some instances, actually obtain waivers.”

“A Deportation Force on Steroids”: Millions of Immigrants Could Face Removal Under New Trump Rules (Democracy Now, 2/22/2017)

Advocate: Trump’s Deportations are Possible Because Obama & Congress Failed to Protect Immigrants (Democracy Now, 2/22/2017)

Where the world’s refugees live (Washington Post, 2/22/2017) Hint: Not here. “Our relatively small population of refugees and our relatively large overall population means that the United States has one of the lower refugee populations as a percentage of our overall population.”

Dangerous passage: Refugees in Minnesota risk death to reach Canada (MPR, 2/22/2017)

“Bashir Yussuf had survived Somalia’s violence, fled to South America, then struggled through dense Panamanian jungle to make it north and seek asylum.

“Now, he stood freezing in waist-high snow in the desolate Minnesota-Canadian borderlands, wondering if these last few miles of his journey might be the ones that finally killed him….

” Three hours later, when Yussuf finally reached a Canadian border station, he was so spent that agents had to remove his boots. …

“Yussuf was lucky. Two Ghanaians who’d tried a similar crossing weeks earlier became trapped in the brutal cold and suffered frostbite so severe it cost one man all of his fingers and parts of both ears. The other kept only his thumb.”

The trickle of refugees fleeing the U.S. to Canada could become a deluge in the spring (Washington Post, 2/23/2017)

CPS tells principals not to let immigration officers into schools without warrant (Chicago Tribune, 2/22/2017) Principals were also told to ask parents to update emergency contact forms with names of people who could be called to take the children if parents are detained by immigration officers.

Mexican man kills himself after being deported from the US (BBC, 2/22/2017)

“Witnesses said Mr Olivas was shouting that he did not want to return to Mexico and seemed to be in severe distress.

“He jumped off a bridge just yards from El Chaparral, the main border crossing point between the US city of San Diego and Tijuana in Mexico.”

Why Trump’s immigration crackdown could hurt U.S. home prices (Bloomberg/Star Tribune, 2/22/2017)

THE MEMO: Trump’s big immigration gamble (The Hill, 2/23/2017)


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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