Monthly Archives: May 2018

Immigration solution: More prisons?

Increasing numbers of immigration arrests are pushing ICE’s plans for more immigration prisons. More migrants in detention means more difficult access to legal representation and often dismal conditions in private, for-profit prisons—like the now-shuttered private prison in Appleton, MN. Some … Continue reading

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When immigration policy is deliberately based on cruelty

Last week, House Republicans began signing a discharge petition that would get a vote on DACA and other immigration legislation. If only 25 Republicans sign, along with all of the Democrats, the House would get to vote. By Monday afternoon, … Continue reading

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Minnesota immigration news: private prisons, economics, doctors

Three of the weekend’s immigration stories have Minnesota focuses: proposals to reopen the private prison in Appleton and/or build new immigration prisons; the economic impacts of immigrants; and obstacles to licensing highly qualified immigrant doctors to meet Minnesota’s need for … Continue reading

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Taking children as ‘a form of state terror’

Mother’s Day is coming this Sunday, Father’s Day only a month away, so it seems fitting to talk about mothers and fathers and children. Masha Gessen describes her own terror when the Russian state threatened to take her children. She … Continue reading

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‘Queen of the Hill’ is back. That might mean a vote on DACA.

Complicated procedural maneuvering by some House Republicans might force a vote on immigration legislation. A small number of Republicans filed a discharge petition on Wednesday, which could force a vote on immigration legislation. To succeed, the petition must be signed … Continue reading

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What kind of country are we?

Today’s news focused away from immigration, as Trump backed out of the Iran nuclear deal, in a move he justified with lies and misrepresentations. My favorite commentary comes via Twitter:: .@SecPompeo‘s confirmation hearing, April 12, 2018 UDALL: Do you have … Continue reading

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Sessions orders more migrants jailed, more children taken away

Arrest any parents who cross the border illegally. Charge each and every one with illegal border crossing, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum six-month-sentence for first-time offenders. Arrest them even if they say they are in danger if they return … Continue reading

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Washington ends protection for Hondurans

Friday’s announcement of the end of Honduran Temporary Protected Status reverberates from Florida to Massachusetts, removing protection from some 57,000 Hondurans living in the United States. They will be required to leave the country by January 2020. The decision on … Continue reading

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Dispelling myths about immigrants: crime, economic impact, entrepreneurship

Myths about immigrants persist, fueled by the Twitter tantrums of the president and relatively fact-free Fox and Friends bloviating. Today’s news includes debunking of some of the most pernicious and persistent myths, starting with the Cato Institute, a libertarian think … Continue reading

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Migrant caravan’s asylum seekers persevere despite official bluster and threats

Immigration officials at the border continue to stall and delay processing of migrants asking for asylum. U.S. law requires that migrants who ask for asylum have their claims evaluated. Instead, Trump and Sessions bluster and threaten. Just as they prepare … Continue reading

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