Monthly Archives: March 2018

Queen of the Hill and other immigration games

On Thursday, California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham introduced a “queen-of-the-hill” resolution on immigration. Queen of the hill? Well, yes. Apparently that’s a thing in Congress. If Denham’s resolution is adopted, then four bills come to the floor, and the one … Continue reading

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Flip-flops and lies: Today’s immigration policy

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported an apparent breakthrough on immigration: the Trump administration was telling kep Congressional Republicans that it was willing to accept a limited DACA deal in exchange for a limited amount of border wall funding, as … Continue reading

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Mountain climbers and border walls

In California on Tuesday, Trump said that Mexican mountain climbers will scale the border wall, that the United States will go to Mars, and that the country will have a “space force.” Back in Washington, Rex Tillerson is packing, and … Continue reading

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Virtual and physical walls trigger resistance

Recent moves by Attorney General Jeff Sessions threaten refugees, particularly women who are victims of domestic violence. The exact shape of his new policies remains somewhat secret, but the clear thrust is cutting down on refugee admissions and eligibility. With … Continue reading

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Abuse of power: the Attorney General, immigration courts, and ICE

Immigration courts are not like federal courts established under the constitution. Instead they are subject to the attorney general: he names the judges, he reviews the cases if and when he chooses, and he has expansive power over the entire … Continue reading

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ICE targets Minnesota professor

A tenured professor at Augsburg University in Minneapolis and his wife have been ordered to show up at ICE headquarters today, on short notice and out of the sequence of their usual, scheduled check-ins. Mzenga Aggrey Wanyama, age 60, has … Continue reading

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Trump, Sessions declare war on California

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a lawsuit against the State of California, challenging laws aimed at protecting immigrants in that state. California officials fired back, with Governor Jerry Brown saying that “these political stunts may be the norm … Continue reading

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Square dancer, paralegal, student, taxi driver: Immigrant stories across America

Individual stories bring reality home in a way that statistics cannot: Leezia Dhalla, a Canadian-born “dreamer,” square dancer, press manager, and Texan; Harminder Saini, for whom “America is the plan;” Luz Bolanos, a paralegal in Fort Worth; Emmanuel Makender, a … Continue reading

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Shackled for 40 hours, Somalis return to abuse, assaults in U.S. jails

“Glades staff have used pepper spray, segregation, shackling and physical abuse on our clients in a discriminatory display of excessive force,” the administrative complaint — filed with two Department of Homeland Security offices — reads. “They have used racial slurs … Continue reading

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Dreamers and DACA on March 5

Six months ago, Jeff Sessions announced that DACA would end on March 5, and Trump said Congress would fix it before then or he would do “something.” They were all wrong. Hard-fought court battles have preserved some of DACA for … Continue reading

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