Links and stories – March 15, 2017


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American Citizens: U.S. Border Agents can search your cell phone – at least, that’s what NBC reported on March 14:

“Within seconds, he was surrounded: one man held his legs, another squeezed his throat from behind. A third reached into his pocket, pulling out his phone. McCormick watched her boyfriend’s face turn red as the officer’s chokehold tightened.

“Then they asked McCormick for her phone.

“I was not about to get tackled,” she said. She handed it over.”

Shibley and McCormick are U.S. citizens, who were returning to the country after a trip to Toronto. They are among at least two dozen U.S. citizens whose cellphones and passwords were taken by Border Patrol agents as they returned to the United States.

“The travelers came from across the nation, and were both naturalized citizens and people born and raised on American soil. They traveled by plane and by car at different times through different states. Businessmen, couples, senior citizens, and families with young kids, questioned, searched, and detained for hours when they tried to enter or leave the U.S. None were on terror watchlists. One had a speeding ticket. Some were asked about their religion and their ethnic origins, and had the validity of their U.S. citizenship questioned.

“What most of them have in common — 23 of the 25 — is that they are Muslim”

Border Patrol agents seized fewer than 5,000 phones in 2015 and almost 25,999 in 2016.


 Francisca Lino, mom of six, is about to be deported. Her congressman protested and was handcuffed. Washington Post, 3/14/17) Lino Gutierrez has lived and worked in the United States for 18 years, is married to a U.S. citizen, and has six children here. She hasn’t been able to get a visa – and now ICE says she has to leave.

“[Congressman Luis] “Gutiérrez’s demands to reverse Lino’s deportation order were denied during the meeting, so the congressman, an outspoken immigration advocate and a fatherlike figure to Lino for the last 15 years, staged a sit-in that lasted five hours.”

US government says new travel ban ‘substantially different’ (AP via Star Tribune, 3/14/17) The argument by federal attorneys came in a lawsuit by the states of Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon. Hawaii is suing separately.

Religious communities continue the long tradition of offering sanctuary (NPR 3/14/18)

Dreamer Daniela Vargas released by immigration officials (NPR, 3/14/17) Her brother Daniel, also a DACA recipient, is still in custody.

Minnesota refugee resettlement agencies cutting staff in wake of Trump immigration orders (MinnPost, 3/14/17)

Vigilantes prowl Europe’s border with a target: Muslim migrants (Los Angeles Times, 3/14/17)

In the Netherlands, a far-right groundswell also reveals immigrants’ new sway (Washington Post, 3/14/17)

17 migrants crossing into Canada rescued in blizzard, as mounting numbers desperately flee U.S. (Washington Post, 3/9/17)

Asylum claims at the Canadian border have tripled since last year (Washington Post, 3/14/17)


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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