I began writing this daily summary of immigration news one year ago today. During that year, immigration news has grown steadily darker and more threatening, though some rays of hope still emerge. Like dark chocolate as a remedy for depression, those stories are important, especially as bad news dominates days and weeks.
Today’s bad news includes the Senate failure on Dreamer protection: NO on the pretty good McCain-Coons bill, and NO again on the not-so-good “centrist” compromise, NO from Trump who threatened to veto both of them, and NO from McConnell on any further debate.
Once upon a time, the White House demanded and progressives opposed adding funding for a border wall to any legislation for a path to citizenship for Dreamers. Now border wall funding is the easiest of the poison pills to swallow: Trump also demands massive cuts to legal immigration, draconian deportation measures, and further abridgement of already limited due process protections.
For details on the failures, see Vox and the Washington Post and NPR and the Dallas Morning News and Politico and the New York Times, which emphasized the Senate’s resounding rejection of Trump’s immigration plan.
March 5 looms ahead, the end of DACA, except that two federal courts have said no to the way the Trump administration tried to end it.
Rays of hope? Those two federal court decisions, for starters. Also, another federal court decision yesterday, with the Fourth Circuit joining the Ninth Circuit in holding the latest Muslim ban unconstitutional.
And in the rest of the news:
• Liana Montecinos walked from Honduras to the United States, lived years of fear before winning asylum, and is now a third-year law student, paralegal helping other refugees, and a citizen—definitely a ray of hope.
• New York City prosecutors joined public defenders in appealing to ICE to stop terrorizing people in courthouses. “It does not keep us safe. It jeopardizes public safety,” said the Brooklyn district attorney.
• In a Valentine’s Day story, Latino USA finds female farmworkers enduring sexual harassment and unequal pay.
• Wearing the wrong T-shirt could get you deported, and Pro Publica has the story.