Bombast, bullying and other immigration news – August 4, 2017

The most-read immigration story of the day had to be revelations about Trump’s January phone calls to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The transcripts obtained by the Washington Post reveal a boorish bully, who demands his own way on immigration and trade issues, because failure to get what he promised in the campaign will make him “look like a dope.” The transcripts make clear that his immigration policy is entirely driven by politics, not principles.

Criticism of the Republican immigration bill mounted on the day after it was unveiled. The National Immigration Law Center called it “cruel and un-American,” and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities said it “completely misses the target” on immigration reform. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted that the Raise Act would be “devastating to SC economy which relies on this immigrant work force.”

And in other immigration news

What Happens When Long-Term US Residents Get Deported To Mexico (BuzzFeed, 8/2/17)

“But the shock of going from having a home, a job, and money in the United States to being destitute in Mexico takes a heavy psychological toll, as does the separation from families, particularly among deportees with children.

“Combined with a lack of good legal advice, this can lead desperate deportees to make bad decisions. Many, still shell-shocked from being thrown out of the country they’ve come to call home, hastily try to cross back into the US through the extremely dangerous Sonora desert, which has claimed untold hundreds of lives.”

Work Force Shortage Demands Full Court Press (Prairie Business, 8/1/17) The president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce writes:

“Immigration reform is at the forefront of federal efforts. The future strength of our economy depends on attracting and integrating immigrants into the workforce. Without a substantial increase in migration – from neighboring states or from around the world – our economic growth will be slowed.”

Appleton MN wants you to sign petition asking Trump to lock up criminal aliens at private prison (Bluestem Prairie, 8/2/17)

“[The City of Appleton has] started a petition to the Federal Bureau of Prisons asking the agency to give a grant to those poor paupers at CoreCivic (the for-profit, human-traffickers formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America) so that they may lock up criminal aliens at the long-shuttered Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton.”

5 key facts about U.S. lawful immigrants (Pew Research Center, 8/3/17)

“Lawful immigrants account for three-quarters of the foreign-born population in the U.S. – 33.8 million people out of 44.7 million in 2015, the most recent year for which numbers were available. Among lawful immigrants, those who hold U.S. citizenship (19.8 million in 2015) outnumber lawful permanent residents (11.9 million).”

Dozens brave Fargo rain to protest bigotry, hate speech (MPR, 8/3/17)

“They were responding to recent physical and verbal assaults on immigrants in the community. A Somali man was assailed by men shouting racial epithets as he moved into an apartment last month.”

He went to ICE to tell agents he had gotten into college. Now he and his brother have been deported. (Washington Post, 8/3/17) The brothers fled El Salvador in 2009, and have no criminal records.

“Two brothers from Gaithersburg were deported to their native El Salvador on Wednesday in what their attorney says was the fastest deportation process he has ever seen.

“Lizandro Claros Saravia, 19, is a standout soccer player who had secured a scholarship to play college soccer in North Carolina. His brother, Diego, 22, took extra classes to graduate from Quince Orchard High School on time and “has a heart of gold,” a former teacher said.”

A Game of Cat and Mouse With High Stakes: Deportation (New York Times, 8/3/17)

“In New York City, judges, defense lawyers and clients have been on high alert for months, watching to see if immigration enforcement officers, many in plain clothes, are in a courthouse. If a pair of people look suspicious, lawyers from the Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services and the Legal Aid Society send an internal email alert. Defendants duck into bathrooms or race to another floor.

“When officers for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, are thought to be in a courthouse, a sympathetic judge might reschedule a defendant’s appearance, or, in a seemingly perverse move, set bail that could send a defendant to Rikers Island — keeping the person out of ICE’s hands because the jail complex does not turn over undocumented immigrants to the agency.”

New immigration field office dedicated in downtown Minneapolis (Star Tribune, 8/3/17)

“Birr was one of five citizens naturalized Thursday in a ceremony that concurrently celebrated the grand opening of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new field office in downtown Minneapolis.

“The office, which previously was located in Bloomington, now occupies 32,000 square feet in Marquette Plaza at S. 3rd Street and Marquette Avenue S. “

From Political Refugee to Multi-Millionaire (Minnesota Business, 8/3/17)

“It took 13 years for Tashitaa Tufaa to grow his business revenue to $35 million. He came to Minnesota as a young political activist from the Oromo region of Ethiopia. After securing political asylum, he earned a graduate degree from the University of Minnesota. His entrepreneurial story is a remarkable one — from cab driver to the owner of more than 300 school buses as part of his company, Metropolitan Transportation Network Inc.


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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