The politics of fear and other immigration news – August 25, 2017



A young mother of two, with DACA status, is arrested, threatened with deportation, shuffled from one jail to another over a week’s time so that her family and lawyers have difficulty finding her. Finally, she is released.

A student with DACA status returns to college, worrying about his parents, fearing that they could be deported back to Hong Kong after 18 years of building a life here.

At New York University, clinicians start a new treatment program, specifically designed for refugees and immigrants living in fear.

Fear, says U of Illinois professor Adam Goodman, “has become a governing tool.”

Immigration limbo is a ‘tug of emotions.’ It’s also a mental health issue. (PRI, 8/22/17)

“With nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants nationwide and 17.6 million people with at least one undocumented relative, large communities are now experiencing anxiety about separation from their families. Some are having flashbacks to the violence they experienced in their home countries. Some are retreating into the shadows, afraid to drive, bring their children to school or even seek medical care.

“We have children who have nightmares,” says Father Juan Carlos Ruiz, the co-founder of the New Sanctuary Movement, about immigrants who attend his weekly legal clinics. “We have high school kids who don’t go to school anymore, that are depressed, that are suicidal because their parents are threatened.”

The core of Donald Trump’s immigration policy? Fear. (Washington Post, 8/24/17) U of Illinois professor Adam Goodman describes the long U.S. history of using fear as a tool of immigration policy.

“Trump hasn’t changed his tune on immigration, even though so far, deportations have actually declined under his administration.

“This disconnect reflects a tactical necessity rather than lack of intent. Mass expulsions would require additional congressional appropriations and time for cases to work their way through the nation’s backlogged immigration courts. As a result, the president and his surrogates have ramped up their draconian rhetoric and harsh policy proposals in hopes of scaring people into the shadows or out of the country altogether.

“Fear, a central component of Trump’s campaign, has now become a governing tool.”

Op-Ed: I’m a DACA student and I’m praying ICE won’t pick up my parents (Los Angeles Times, 8/24/17) A California college student and his brother have DACA protection, but fear what could happen under Trump. An even bigger fear: after 18 years in this country, his parents still have no legal status and could be detained and deported back to Hong Kong at any time.

“All I feel is fear. I worry about my parents being ripped away from me. I worry about succeeding, and them not being here to see their hard work pay off.”

And in other news

Minneapolis leaders eye vacant parcel for new Somali mall (Star Tribune, 8/24/17)

“The potential new marketplace would be on the last redevelopment site in the Seward Place Industrial Business Park. The city completed pollution remediation there in 2013, and has spent years trying to find someone to redevelop the 1.5-acre parcel.”

First Somali-American art show at Minneapolis Institute of Art spans three generations (Star Tribune, 8/24/17)

“Artist Ifrah Mansour was crouched on the floor of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, arranging an enormous headscarf. For days she had been working on her video/installation “Can I Touch It,” a reference to the annoying phrase that people utter after they have already violated someone by touching their pregnant belly, head scarf, tattoo or hair, in Mansour’s case.”

Hot Topics: ‘Immigration and Economic Development’ (New Ulm Journal, 8/24/17) MN Chamber of Commerce Senior VP Bill Blazar will speak in New Ulm on August 31, at a luncheon hosted by the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce.

ICE detains young Kentucky mother who has legal status (Cincinnatti Enquirer/USA Today, 8/23/17) and ICE releases mom who was detained despite legal status (Cincinnatti Enquirer/USA Today, 8/24/17) She was shuffled between four different jails for a week, effectively hiding her from family and lawyers.

“Immigration police officers seized a 22-year-old mother of two young children last week and are holding her for deportation despite having legal status, the Enquirer has learned.

“In a case with national implications, Riccy Enriquez Perdomo, 22, of Florence, Ky., was arrested Thursday [August 17] and has been held at four different locations since then, say her family and attorneys.”

And a happier ending to the story:

“After seven days in federal custody, Enriquez came home Thursday evening [August 24]. She walked out of the front doors of the Boone County Jail at 7:15 p.m. and was greeted by cheers and by hugs from family members.

“Enriquez wept and answered questions from reporters in Spanish and English as she held her 11-month-old son, Rony.”

Federal Judge Finds Racism Behind Arizona Law Banning Ethnic Studies (NPR, ) When Arizona banned Mexican American Studies courses in public schools, students and parents sued. NPR reports on the verdict and on ethnic studies across the country.

“With this news, a portion of the law, prohibiting classes designed for students of certain ethnic groups, has been struck down, but the federal judge has yet to issue a final judgment and redress for the violation.”

OPINION: Arizona’s Mexican American Studies Victory Gives Nation Some Hope for Future (LatinoUSA, 8/23/17)

“In historic news on Monday, a U.S. District Court overturned Arizona’s ban of Mexican American Studies (MAS). According to U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima, the court concluded “that plaintiffs have proven their First Amendment claim because both enactment and enforcement were motivated by racial animus.”​

FACT CHECK: What Has President Trump Done To Fight Illegal Immigration? (NPR, 8/22/17) Not as much as he promised/threatened, it seems.

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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