Monthly Archives: February 2018

The snake, the president, and Oscar Brown, Jr.

That song about a snake that Trump has been reading during his tirades against immigrants was written by Oscar Brown, Jr. in the1960s. Now his daughter says it’s wrong to call immigrants snakes. Trump, she says in an interview with … Continue reading

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When legal limbo looks good: DACA and the courts

The U.S. Supreme Court refused the Trump administration’s request that it grant an unusual, expedited review of two district court orders telling the administration to keep DACA in effect while challenges are litigated. This means the Trump administration will have … Continue reading

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From border wall to St. Cloud

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a planned trip to DC after a telephone conversation with Donald Trump on Tuesday. Trump expected the Mexican president to endorse Trump’s border wall proposal and promise to pay for it: a position only … Continue reading

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USCIS: Not a nation of immigrants

“Nation of immigrants” is out of the the USCIS mission statement. So is any mention of citizenship. Does that mean that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with admitting immigrants and processing citizenship applications no longer believes … Continue reading

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Defending immigrants in rural Minnesota

You expect a hometown newspaper to be a civic booster, pointing with pride to the good things in its city. So it’s no surprise when the Hutchinson Leader points to recent  numbers showing that Hutchinson’s crime rate is ”No. 36 … Continue reading

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Outside big cities: Immigrant stories from Mankato, Missouri, Georgia

A trio of articles highlights immigrant contributions to Minnesota’s economy, Salvadorans in small-town Morris, Missouri, and Dalton, Georgia’s dependence on immigrant workers. The reports from Mankato, Morris, and Dalton highlight a reality documented by the Census Bureau but still unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Fear rules — praying, driving, going to court

A 15-year-old boy is arrested going to church. A mother doesn’t dare drive a car. A worker suing his ex-employer for retaliation is afraid to go to the courthouse to testify. These stories of fear illustrate the experience of many … Continue reading

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