Monthly Archives: June 2018

Welcome home, Marcos!

Marcos Villada is home! His return on Wednesday is a happy-ending immigration story, which we all need. Marcos came to the United States at age six, grew up here, eventually got DACA status, married a U.S. citizen. His husband applied … Continue reading

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Courts, Congress, Mike Pence and Trevor Noah

After the U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday morning that it was upholding Trump’s travel ban, a California federal district court on Tuesday night ordered the Trump administration to reunited all separated immigrant families within 30 days. On Wednesday, the latest … Continue reading

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Muslim ban: Still wrong, still law

By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court allowed Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim bigotry to remain in place as the law of the land. In a reasoned and eloquent dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote: “Taking all the relevant evidence together, a reasonable … Continue reading

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Confusion, rage, lies: Hard to call that an immigration policy

Do unauthorized immigrants have a right to due process? Absolutely, according to long-settled U.S. law. Due process rights apply to any “person” in the United States, not just to citizens. Now Trump wants to change the constitution by presidential fiat, … Continue reading

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Joggers, drivers, Greyhounds, and lies: U.S. immigration policy

A 19-year-old French woman vacationing in Canada goes jogging and inadvertently crosses the unmarked border into the U.S. territory, and the Border Patrol arrests her. Easy mistake: her mother quickly shows up with identification and the Border Patrol releases her, … Continue reading

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Family separation saga continues

The latest from the White House is a call to end all due process for migrants caught crossing the border without authorization: “President Trump unleashed an aggressive attack Sunday on unauthorized immigrants and the judicial system that handles them, saying … Continue reading

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Who’s crossing the border and why they are coming

Lawfare has a well-researched, in-depth statistical analysis of the people crossing the border and their reasons for coming to the United States. The conclusions:  The number of people crossing the border without authorization has been steadily declining for decades. There … Continue reading

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Confusion reigns

On Thursday, the House voted down the most repressive immigration bill (Goodlatte), with all Democrats and 41 Republicans voting against it. With prospects for the Republican “compromise” bill looking bleak, Republican House leadership put off a vote on this bill … Continue reading

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Executive order: Don’t separate parents and children. Send them all to jail together.

On Wednesday, Trump issued an executive order that he said would end family separation. Instead, he proposes to imprison children and parents together—in unspecified detention facilities, for unlimited periods of time as they await final resolution of their charges and … Continue reading

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Hope and resistance

Begin with hope: the City of Minneapolis has a new mural in City Hall, created by immigrants from Latin America, showing their journeys and feelings. El Camino del Corazón (Journey of the Heart) offers a brief pause for hope amid … Continue reading

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