Today’s top immigration stories include news of arbitrary detention and harassment of U.S. citizens and others entering the country: Muhammed Ali’s son (native-born U.S. citizen), a 70-year-old Australian children’s book author, the Syrian-born director of an Oscar-nominated film, and a French Holocaust historian, among others. And then there’s the tragedy in Kansas, where a white man shot and killed an Indian engineer and shot two more people after shouting “Get out of my country!” And – unfortunately – much more.U.S. border agents ask Muhammed Ali’s son: ‘Are you A Muslim?’ (The Guardian, 2/25/2017)
“Border agents detained and questioned the son of the boxing legend Muhammad Ali about his religion when he flew back to the US this month, a family lawyer said.
“Where did you get your name from? Are you a Muslim?” they asked the 44-year-old Muhammad Ali Jr, who was born in Philadelphia and is a US citizen.”
America denies entry to Syrian behind Oscar-nominated film (BBC, 2/25/2017)
U.S. detains and nearly deports French Holocaust historian (Washington Post, 2/26/2017)
“Henry Rousso is one of France’s most preeminent scholars and public intellectuals. Last week, as the historian attempted to enter the United States to attend an academic symposium, he was detained for more than 10 hours — for no clear reason….
“It is now necessary to deal with the utmost arbitrariness and incompetence on the other side of the Atlantic,” Rousso wrote Sundayin the French edition of the Huffington Post. “What I know, in loving this country forever, is that the United States is no longer quite the United States.”
Australian children’s author Mem Fox detained by US border control: ‘I sobbed like a baby’ (The Guardian, 2/24/2017)
Inside Austins, a busy night of bar regulars until racial slurs, gunshots shatter peace (Kansas City Star, 2/23/2017)
“Neighbors and business owners in the area are piecing together the bloodshed inside the bar and its aftermath. The fear. The replaying sound of gunshots. The confusion over why two co-workers would be targeted because they appeared to be immigrants.”
Warned to leave, Kansas shooting victim refused to abandon ‘the country he loved,’ his wife said (Washington Post, 2/25/2017)
“I told him many times we should think about going back [to India],” Sunayana Dumala said at a news conference Friday.
And yet, Dumala said, Kuchibhotla was not fearful. He refused to abandon “the country he loved.”
“He always assured me good things will happen to good people,” she said, speaking briefly and between deep breaths, two days after his death.
Immigration agents discover new freedom to deport under Trump (New York Times, 2/25/2017)
“In Virginia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents waited outside a church shelter where undocumented immigrants had gone to stay warm. In Texas and in Colorado, agents went into courthouses, looking for foreigners who had arrived for hearings on other matters.
“At Kennedy International Airport in New York, passengers arriving after a five-hour flight from San Francisco were asked to show their documents before they were allowed to get off the plane.”
Immigration judges in Minnesota hit a wall of cases (Star Tribune, 2/26/2017) “As case backlog threatens years of waiting, Trump team plans to simply bypass courts…. There’s already a backlog of more than 5,100 cases covering Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and western Wisconsin.”
Trump’s New Immigration Crackdown Has Private Prison Investors Salivating (The Intercept, 2/22/2017)
DHS report casts doubt on need for Trump travel ban (Washington Post, 2/24/2017)
“The report is three pages long and does not address head-on whether the temporary ban on people entering the United States from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Libya is an effective measure. But it asserts that citizens from those countries are “rarely implicated in U.S.-based terrorism,” and citizenship itself is an “unreliable indicator of terrorist threat to the United States.”
The Contradictory Claims About Trump’s Deportation Plan (The Atlantic, 2/25/2017)
The long history of deportation scare tactics at the U.S. Mexican border (The Intercept, 2/26/2017)
Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture on ‘Any Corner’ (New York Times, 2/22/2017)
More than 50 detained in immigration raids at Asian restaurants in Mississippi (Los Angeles Times, 2/23/2017)
Underground network readies homes to hide undocumented immigrants (CNN, 2/23/2017)
Donald Trump plans to bypass the courts to deport as many people as possible (The Intercept, 2/23/2017)
Advocates warn ‘dreamers’ to lie low as Trump ramps up deportation plans (Washington Post, 2/26/2017_
White House plan to hire more border agents raises vetting fear, ex-senior official says (The Guardian, 2/26/2017)
Five tough questions for Trump on immigration (The Hill, 2/25/2017) What happens to the “dreamers”? Are deportations about to spike? Will Congress fund ramped-up enforcement efforts? Will Mexico cooperate? Will it backfire on the Republicans?
Minnesota Somali group: Rejecting federal grant was right (AP on MPR, 2/26/2017) Ka Joog “was among several U.S. nonprofits that rejected federal grant money designed to counter violent extremism, citing actions and statements made by President Donald Trump that they view as anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant…”
After Trump’s immigration order, anxiety grows in Florida’s farm fields (Washington Post, 2/25/2017)
“We look at it like this: The country can either import its workforce or import its food,” said Dale Moore, executive director of policy for the Farm Bureau, which lobbies for easing restrictions to get foreign workers for agriculture.
“We’ve been fighting for this for years, but immigration has a different flavor with Donald Trump,” Moore said.”
The Importance of Criminal Defense Attorneys Understanding Immigration Law (Immigration Prof Blog, 2/23/2017)
Torture victims find solace at St. Paul nonprofit center (Star Tribune, 2/26/2017)
Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016 (BBC, 2/26/2017)
Swedish asylum shelter in Vanersborg hit by blaze (BBC, 2/26/2017)
Yes, Mass Deportations Are Coming. And We Know Why. (Bloomberg News, 2/23/2017)
Report says value of fences to Southwest border security is not known (Washington Post, 2/24/2017)
Border agents stopped Muhammad Ali Jr. Here’s how we can all fight back (The Guardian, 2/26/2017)
“Last week Faruk Abdullah, a consultant based in Union City, California, was flying home from Berlin, where he had been meeting clients. Abdullah – who was born in Columbus, Nebraska, has no other citizenship and describes himself as “annoyingly patriotic” – told me he suddenly found himself in front of three KLM ticket agents who were flummoxed as to why the system would allow him to fly from Berlin to Amsterdam but not from Amsterdam to San Francisco. …
“Immigration lawyers are also reporting that a number of Muslim US citizens and green card holders have had their Global Entry cards mysteriously revoked or applications suddenly denied, even after having been told they had been approved.”