Links and stories – March 9, 2017

img_2529Who are the immigrants living in the United States? According to Pew Research, common images don’t square with reality. How America’s Idea Of Illegal Immigration Doesn’t Always Match Reality (NPR, 3/8/17) highlights little-known facts, including these:

  • Authorized immigrants – naturalized citizens and legal permanent residents – make up about 3 out of 4 immigrants in the country now.
  • Among unauthorized immigrants, about two-thirds have been here for more than 10 years. Only about 15 percent have been here less than 5 years.
  • Most unauthorized immigrants work in construction and service industries, not as migrant farm workers.

Read the whole article for a more detailed picture.

More of today’s news:

To build a border wall, Trump will cut Coast Guard counterterrorism patrols, TSA screening programs, and FEMA disaster relief efforts. To fund border wall, Trump administration weighs cuts to Coast Guard, airport security (Washington Post, 3/7/17)

The Coast Guard cuts include deactivating Maritime Security Response Teams, which carry out counterterrorism patrols in ports and sensitive waterways …

At the TSA, the proposed budget cuts, first detailed by Politico, would eliminate four programs that cost the agency $187 million. The programs have been considered a vital piece of airport security and for preventing a repetition of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings after planes are aloft….

[The spending plan … could cut $361 million from FEMA’s $3.5 billion budget] “When you propose not just cuts but draconian cuts, your ability to respond to a disaster can cause lives to be lost and property to be damaged,” said Nick Crossley, emergency-management director in Hamilton County, Ohio, and first vice president of the International Association of Emergency Managers, which represents 4,000 local officials across the country.

Customs Agents’ Unreasonable Demand (The Atlantic, 3/8/17)

“What they can’t do, as a general rule, is just stop or search everyone in a given area on the chance that one of them will be a criminal. The Supreme Court wrote in 2001 of its longstanding “general prohibition against nonconsensual, warrantless, and suspicionless searches.” In the case of the JFK search, CBP said that the object of the ID check was a specific named individual.  (This individual was not on the flight.)

“If so, why would it be “reasonable” to check everyone on the plane—a population that was probably half male and half female, ranged in age from to 8 months to 80 years, and was ethnically diverse?”

Fearful immigrants in U.S. make perilous winter crossing to seek protection in Canada (Los Angeles Times, 3/7/17)

Bashir Khan, a Winnipeg immigration attorney, said the problems that are driving asylum seekers to flee the U.S. did not begin with Trump. “They are kind of not well-treated by the U.S. justice system,” he said.

He is representing 37 refugee claimants — including Mohammed and Iyal — who had asylum claims denied in the U.S. All were jailed upon arrival there and held for an average of seven months, he said. They had no idea how to fill out asylum forms and were not offered government-appointed lawyers.

In contrast, asylum seekers who enter Manitoba illegally are usually held for less than 24 hours, the time it takes to do security checks and file refugee claims. Local aid groups routinely help them complete the paperwork, and a government-paid attorney will represent them at the hearing — increasing the odds of a successful outcome.

Hawaii plans to sue to block new Trump travel ban (Washington Post, 3/7/17)

What Happens When U.S. Immigration Rules Tighten? Let’s Look To Alabama (NOR, 3/8/17)

DACA, One Student’s Story (NPR, 3/8/17)

Amid deportation fears, requests for legal advice at Mexican consulates in U.S. are up 400% (Los Angeles Times, 3/7/17)

California sheriffs say ‘sanctuary state’ bill would prevent immigration officials from going after violent offenders (Los Angeles Times, 3/6/17)

“At a press conference led by Republican lawmakers, the sheriffs said they did not want to enforce immigration laws or target hardworking families and students in the country illegally. But they argued the pending legislation would restrict collaboration between law enforcement agencies at different levels of government when going after crime suspects.”

In Vermont Town, Refugee Resettlement Debate Costs Mayor His Job (NPR, 3/8/17)




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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