Links and stories – April 3, 2017

img_2514In bed on Sunday morning. Applying for a green card at an immigration office. Students. Surgeons. Dairy farm workers. The drumbeat of deportations continues, and so does the work of journalists in telling the stories. 

Deportation stories

Two Houston doctors facing removal by Immigration officials are granted temporary stay (Houston Chronicle, 3/31/17)

“The married couple are both neurologists and faced removal Thursday after immigration officials refused at the last minute to extend their temporary permission to stay in the U.S., potentially jeopardizing the care of dozens of patients who have specialized surgeries scheduled with the two doctors in coming weeks.

“It’s the latest example of the government taking an unusually hard line on immigration and declining to consider cases on an individual basis.”

Top U.S. officials defend courthouse arrests of undocumented immigrants in escalating feud with California justice (Washington Post, 3/31/17)

“Responding to their letter, [California Chief Justice Tani] Cantil-Sakauye said in a statement she appreciated the reply but “making arrests at courthouses, in my view, undermines public safety because victims and witnesses will fear coming to courthouses to help enforce the law.”

“I am disappointed that despite local and state public safety issues at stake, courthouses are not on ICE’s ‘sensitive areas’ list that includes schools, churches, and hospitals,” she said.”

Tales of Deportation in Trump’s America: Week Three (BBC, 3/31/17) Doctors to DACA to DUI diversion program

Arrested while applying for a green card: US immigration experts fear policy shift (The Guardian, 4/1/17) Spouses of U.S. citizens, at immigration offices for interviews on their green card applications, were arrested.

“The arrest of Arriago and at least three other people in Massachusetts this week while they were applying for their green cards marks a dramatic shift in immigration policy, say attorneys and experts.”

I Have DACA, but That Didn’t Stop Trump’s Immigration Agents From Arresting Me (ACLU, 4/1/17) Francisco Rodriguez has lived in Portland since he was 5 years old. He tells his story:

“I was on my way to completing all the requirements to get this DUI expunged from my records. I started working a third job organizing a food pantry for low-income families.

“Around 7:30 on Sunday morning March 26, when my whole family was sleeping, we were woken up by loud banging at the door. Half-asleep, at first I thought it was the neighbor kids asking for my little brother to come out and play. But the banging was too loud and urgent. I got up, and my sister answered the door. Officers asked for me. My sister closed the door and came upstairs. …

“The funny thing is, even as this was happening, I still couldn’t imagine being deported. Life in Mexico feels totally foreign to me — I’m from Portland….”

And in Minnesota

Anti-refugee 2-time loser & pals organize Trump rally; Miller, Franson & “Jim Newberg” to speak (Bluestem Prairie, 3/31/17)

Minneapolis pushes back against Trump’s ‘sanctuary cities’ pressure (MPR, 3/30/17) City Attorney Susan Segal says Minneapolis’s separation ordinance does not violate any federal laws. Minneapolis Police /chief Janee Harteau says “”We are not going to change the way we do business. It is not the role of local law enforcement to conduct immigration enforcement,”

MN Senate Passes Revised Real ID Bill (MPR, 3/31/17) The Senate’s bill is a “clean” bill, without anti-immigrant provisions.

“The Senate Real ID bill is now at odds with the House version, which puts into statute the current administrative rules that prohibit licenses for unauthorized immigrants.

“Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said the conference committee negotiations on Real ID will be a challenge.”

The rest of the news: Digital strip searches to Sriracha

Sessions seeks greater role for Justice in immigration enforcement (Washington Post, 3/31/17)

“Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama, was one of Congress’s fiercest border hawks, and he helped scuttle former president Barack Obama’s 2013 immigration reform effort on Capitol Hill that featured a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. One of his former Senate staffers, Stephen Miller, is Trump’s senior policy adviser.

“Kelly, a former Marine general with little experience in immigration issues, has also signaled that he will pursue a tougher stance on enforcement at DHS. He issued a pair of memos in February aimed at implementing Trump’s executive orders to broaden the pool of undocumented immigrants prioritized for removal and beef up other border security measures.”


US border agents are doing ‘digital strip searches’. Here’s how to protect yourself (The Guardian, 3/31/17) They claim the right to stop anyone at the border – including U.S. citizens re-entering the country – and demand the password to open phones and computers and search them. Some ways to defend; use a burner phone when traveling or delete all apps before returning.

For some California sheriffs, it’s not politics stopping them from fully helping ICE: It’s the legal risk (Los Angeles Times, 3/31/17)

“U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions went a step further this week, promising to withhold federal funding from law enforcement departments that don’t get in line with ICE.

But several sheriffs said their defiance is not rooted in ethical or political opposition but legal concerns. Federal court rulings, including one in Oregon where a judge found that police violated a woman’s constitutional rights by keeping her in jail at ICE’s request, have left California’s law enforcement officials worrying that they could expose themselves to legal troubles for doing the same.”

Several States Work To Prevent Data Sharing About Immigration Status (NPR, 3/30/17)

“When we apply for driver’s licenses, pay taxes or do any number of other mundane tasks, we share our personal information with the government. Now under the Trump administration, many immigrants are concerned about how that information could be used against them. California is one of several states moving to tighten privacy laws.”

In Massachusetts, Trump’s immigration crackdown harms drug epidemic fight (The Guardian, 3/31/17)

“We … believe that it is unconstitutional for the Federal Govt. to claw back monies they already gave us,” Rivera wrote in his letter to Sessions, referring to the $90,000 of justice department money they city has used on bulletproof vests and police radios.”

Trump may force thousands of legal immigrants to stop working or head home (Washington Post, 3/30/17)

“Come Monday, the Trump administration may quietly revoke the ability of hundreds of thousands of immigrants — almost all women — from legally working in the United States, forcing them to choose between heading back to their kitchens or leaving the country altogether.

“They are the spouses of workers here on high-skilled visas, and are typically high-skilled themselves. Many have launched businesses that created jobs for U.S. citizens, whose employment may in turn be at risk, too.”

The Facts About Immigration (The New Yorker, 3/31/17) This will not be news “to people who’ve kept up with immigration.” Unlike, say, the president.

“To people who’ve kept up with the latest immigration trends documented by organizations like the Census Bureau and the Pew Research Center, it’s not news that the undocumented population is falling, or that more people from Mexico—the largest source of low-skilled immigrant workers—are now leaving the United States than are coming in.”

The Sriracha Argument for Immigration (The New Yorker, 3/27/17) “We should know better than to bite the hands that feed us.”



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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