Latest links and stories – February 28, 2017

img_2537Individual stories top today’s immigration news: Carlos Pacheco in Frankfort, Illinois; Paola Beneto in Berea, Kentucky; the town of Worthington, MN; Australian author Mem Fox; Luis Mancheno in New York City; an Arizona family now missing a mother. From their very different perspectives come stories of immigration, deportation, detention, fear and hope. 

He’s a local pillar in a Trump town. Now he could be deported. (New York Times, 2/27/2017)

“How one night last fall, when the Fire Department was battling a two-alarm blaze, Mr. Hernandez suddenly appeared with meals for the firefighters. How he hosted a Law Enforcement Appreciation Day at the restaurant last summer as police officers were facing criticism around the country. How he took part in just about every community committee or charity effort — the Rotary Club, cancer fund-raisers, cleanup days, even scholarships for the Redbirds, the high school sports teams, which are the pride of this city.

“I think people need to do things the right way, follow the rules and obey the laws, and I firmly believe in that,” said Lori Barron, the owner of Lori’s Hair A’Fairs, a beauty salon. “But in the case of Carlos, I think he may have done more for the people here than this place has ever given him. I think it’s absolutely terrible that he could be taken away.”

What it’s like to have your parents deported (New York Times, 2/27/2017)

New York Today: Refugee, Immigrant, Citizen (New York Times, 2/27/2017)

“Over the years, Mr. Mancheno grew from a teenager with a secret into a young adult facing violent persecution. He became an immigrant from Latin America, a refugee and eventually an American citizen. Now a lawyer in New York City, Mr. Mancheno, 30, is supporting others on that journey.”

Beloved children’s author speaks out about her detainment at U.S. airport (Washington Post, 2/26/2017)

“I was going for such a good reason,” she says of the trip, noting it would have been her 117th visit to the United States. After her experience at the airport, she says, she is unlikely to return.

“The worst of it,” she says, is that she was questioned not because she was a children’s author “but because I was just anybody.” About 20 travelers were taken to a holding room, she says, “and the manner in which we were interrogated — in public view about really private information — was terrible. It was the insolence that was beyond mind-boggling.”

Mostly minority, mostly for Trump: Worthington mulls its future (MPR, 2/27/2017)

“Immigration’s made Worthington more diverse than any other large Minnesota city. It’s reaped the economic benefits of many of its minority residents, who are now in the majority.”

“On Feb. 8, their mother checked in for a routine appointment with immigration officials in the Phoenix area. Authorities had known she was undocumented since 2008, when she was arrested for using a fake Social Security number for work. Every year for eight years, she checked in with officials, and each time they released her back to her life here. But during this visit, three weeks ago, she wasn’t allowed to leave.”

General news:

How Long Can Border Agents Keep Your Email Password? (The Atlantic, 2/27/2017)

“Some data gathered from travelers going through customs can stay in a Homeland Security database for 75 years….

“DHS Secretary John Kelly has proposed making social-media searches routine. At a hearing earlier this month, Kelly said he’d like to make it mandatory for visitors to the U.S. to turn over their browsing history and passwords to their social-media accounts. The proposal was met with intense opposition from human-rights groups and security experts, who say it would violate fundamental privacy rights, and could set a worrying precedent for other countries.”

Trump Administration Seeks to Loosen Hiring Requirements to Beef Up Border Patrol (Foreign Policy, 2/25/2017) “According to an internal memo, laxer standards are needed to expand the number of Border Patrol agents, but that could come at a cost in security.”

An act of American terror in Trump’s heartland (Washington Post, 2/27/2017)

Sunayana Dumala, whose husband Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead at a crowded bar in a Kansas City suburb on Feb. 22, spoke at a news conference on Feb.24….

Damala went on: “I need an answer. I need an answer from the government. … What are they going to do to stop this hate crime?” Given the president’s silence on the issue, the answer seems to be not much.

Trump’s Soft Spot for Dreamers Alienates Immigration Hard-Liners (New York Times, 2/26/2017)

“His comments have been more positive than many of us would have expected,” said Astrid Silva, 28, an immigrant organizer in Las Vegas. “But for a year and a half, he campaigned on deporting us on Day 1, and even now, he hasn’t taken that off the table.” Ms. Silva registered for a work permit in 2012, when Mr. Obama created the program, and received her third renewal last month.”


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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