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 immigrants in the United States.

The historic roots go deep. Latino USA reports on new information about the plane crash memorialized in Woody Guthrie’s song, “Deportee.” And yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of Japanese internment.

Today the Supreme Court might say something about DACA. Or not. Lyle Denniston lists five possible scenarios, ranging from doing nothing to scheduling consideration of the case to issuing a summary judgment.

In Crackdown on MS-13, a New Detention Policy Raises Alarms (PBS Frontline, 2/16/18) A new policy mandated by the Trump administration calls for locking up minors suspected of gang ties until their 18th birthday, and then deporting them. The story includes horrifying details of their treatment while in the mandated “most restrictive” custody.

“Junior left for church 10 minutes before 8:00 p.m. on a Monday in June 2017.

“A friend came by his father’s home on Long Island to pick him up.

“As he approached the building, Junior, who was 15 at the time, noticed four cars behind him. He was glad to see them. The prayer service would be full, he thought.

“But the cars were not carrying churchgoers. They belonged to agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“I got to the prayer service. I got out of the car and the immigration agents arrested me,” he said.”

A single mom, undocumented, living in the shadows of ICE (The Guardian, 2/19/18) It’s the personal stories that make a difference, that show the daily, miserable, personal toll of our immigration system.

“Maria, 39, recalls doing groceries on a frosty, northeastern afternoon in early December with her 12-year-old son. He stopped her as they walked through their neighborhood and asked:

“Mommy, why can’t you get a car?”

“I can’t afford it.”

“If you could afford it, would you buy it?”

“Yes honey, but mommy needs a driver’s license.”

“And why can’t you have that?”

“Because mommy is illegal.”

Fearing arrest, undocumented litigant wants to testify remotely (Minnesota Lawyer, 2/19/18) Anibal Sanchez claims his employer retaliated against him for filing a workers comp claim, but he is afraid that if he shows up in court to testify, ICE agents will be waiting to take him away. His lawyer, Joshua Newville, says he has a clean record, but that doesn’t matter any longer. As part of the motion to allow Sanchez to testify by video, he submitted an affidavit from Minnesota immigration lawyer Scott Teplinsky. “In the affidavit, Teplinsky described how one of his clients was arrested by plainclothes immigration officers last July after showing up for a mandated mediation at the Office of Administrative Hearings in St. Paul.

“The officials were clearly waiting for my client, and it was obvious that someone informed them that he would be there at that date and time. Sadly, my client has now been deported,” said Teplinsky.

“Teplinsky stated that it was the first time in his 33-year-plus practice of employment law that he had heard of immigration officials arresting an undocumented worker under such circumstances. Since then, he has become aware of “many other similar reports.”

All they will call you will be deportees (NPR Latino USA, 2/16/18)

“On the morning of February 27, 1948, a plane traveling from Oakland to the Mexican border crashed in Los Gatos Canyon, California, about an hour southwest from Fresno. All 32 people on board died that day. Twenty-eight of them were Mexican farmworkers who were in the United States because of the Bracero Program….

“These migrant workers were invisible in life and nameless in death.

“But now, 70 years later, the world finally knows who they were, and their stories are being told”

Today marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most brutal executive orders in US history (Quartz, 2/19/18)

Greg Robinson, professor of history at l’Université du Québec in Montreal and author of By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans said that a number of wild rumors were circulated by people and the press about America’s Japanese population in the months after the Pearl Harbor attack (in what he calls “the fake news of the time”), including that they were conspiring against the US military.

“In reality, these suspicions were rooted in racism and jealousy rather than military strategy …

The war against Japan was exploited as an occasion to act upon the racism…https://qz.com/914174/75th-anniversary-of-japanese-internment-today-marks-the-75th-anniversary-of-one-of-the-most-brutal-executive-orders-in-us-history/

The Supreme Court’s options on DACA (Lyle Denniston Law News, 2/19/18) The Supreme Court could say something about the DACA appeal today—or not. This article lays out several possible paths forward.

“For now, the fate of DACA may depend almost entirely upon the courts.   Under the Administration plan, DACA would shut down on March 5, but the closing has been put off by two lower-court judges’ orders. One of those, by a San Francisco judge, is at issue now before the Justices.”

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, www.tcdailyplanet.net, 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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