“Since 2001, the share of Americans who favor increased legal immigration into the U.S. has risen 22 percentage points (from 10% to 32%), while the share who support a decrease has declined 29 points (from 53% to 24%).”
Bicycles are an immigration story in Minneapolis, where the Spokes bike center offers a Learn to Ride initiative for adults. “Though participants include some native-born Americans,” reports Ibrahim Hirsi at MinnPost, “most of them are immigrants and refugees from Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania, Somalia, South Africa, Turkey and Uganda.”
Not such good news: One more move from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has ordered more people referred for deportation. The expanded list directs that, among others, people whose visa applications as crime victims cooperating with law enforcement (U-Visa) or as victims of domestic abuse (VAWA) are denied will be further penalized: they may be given a Notice to Appear for a removal hearing. That’s a large disincentive to cooperate with police or report crimes.
Family separation continues: Far from the U.S. border, hundreds of immigrant parents are taken away during raids, leaving children to fend for themselves. An Ohio legal organization counted at least 100 children left without parents in a single workplace raid, mostly U.S. citizen children under the age of 10.
Ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will remove parents of 273,000 American-born children over the next year. Parents from Haiti, Honduras, and El Salvador will face the choice of leaving their children here or taking them “back to countries deemed by the State Department as not safe for travel, some with the highest homicide rates in the hemisphere.”
The saga of families separated at the border continues as well. Now the Trump administration wants more time to match up the children and parents they have separated, a task made more difficult because the Border Patrol destroyed records that would have showed the names of parents and children together. Besides asking for more time, the Trump administration wants to repudiate the Flores rules that prescribe protections for children and families. Before the Flores settlement, the U.S. held families in detention for months. Angelina Márquez describes the two months she spent in pre-Flores detention with her six-year-old son, and says returning to a practice of prolonged family detention would just be “substituting one kind of trauma for another kind. ”
The San Francisco Chronicle follows Jorgito who, at age 4, was awakened in the detention center at 5:30 a.m., assigned an alien number and given a notice to appear for removal proceedings, and then used his tiny thumbprint to acknowledge receipt of the paperwork. He’s living with relatives at the moment, which has put them in jeopardy because they are undocumented and had to give the government all their information in order to free the child from detention to live with them.
As children begin appearing in court, the absurdity of family separation is cast into sharp relief. A one-year-old child appeared in Phoenix last week, before an immigration judge “who could hardly contain his unease with the situation during the portion of the hearing where he asks immigrant defendants whether they understand the proceedings.” This child had an attorney: most do not.
And in Arizona: Reveal News reported on a defense contractor now apparently housing immigrant children in an unlicensed warehouse. Neighbors took video of “workers pulling up in white vans and leading dazed children into the building.”
The cumulative effect of daily prejudice, viral anti-immigrant videos, and family separation at the border is not just heartbreaking to other immigrants but also terrifying. Even immigrants who are permanent legal residents and citizens worry that their families could be broken apart, too.
Military messes: Now the military has begun to discharge immigrants who enlisted under the MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) program, ensuring that they will not be able to gain the citizenship status promised when they were recruited. Among them: Panshu Zhao, a PhD candidate and scientist from China. MAVNI recruited immigrant sin the United States on temporary visas who had critical language or medical skills. According to Military Times, the new round of discharges may affect up to 1,000 people now serving in the military.
“A couple of grandparents from Brooklyn who traveled to Fort Drum in upstate New York to visit their son-in-law on the country’s Independence Day—before he is shipped to Afghanistan for a third tour of duty—were arrested by immigration authorities and thrown into detention, a report says.”