Monthly Archives: November 2018

Locked Up, Longer and Harder

On any given day, ICE now an average of more than 44,000 people in its prisons. That number includes children and families, unaccompanied minors, as well as single adults. Most of those held are undocumented, but ICE also imprisons some … Continue reading

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Border Story: More Military, Fewer Migrants

Some 5,600 regular military troops joined a few thousand National Guard troops on the border this month, though none of them is supposed to have actual contact with migrants. That’s not a problem, as the total number of border crossers … Continue reading

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Complex Story of the Migrant Caravan

The story of the caravan is really many stories, all more complex than the simple-minded scare stories of the administration. The caravan has left Mexico City, heading toward Tijuana, which is more than a thousand miles away. While many travel … Continue reading

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Presidential ‘Emergency Powers’ to Bar Asylum?

(UPDATED, CORRECTED re emergency powers) I tried to write a simply summary of news, but every hour brings something new. Here are two extremely important recent developments, followed by an election reflection—and I’ll try to post more tomorrow.  Trump, the … Continue reading

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Vote as if

Vote for those who cannot.

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Immigration and the Election

Trump has made hatred of immigrants the number one issue in his mid-term election campaign. He ended the campaign as he began, with lies about immigrants, drumming up fear and hatred. Among his final moves: an anti-immigrant campaign ad so … Continue reading

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Friday Fact Check on Immigration

Here’s a quick round-up of some facts from the week’s news: how many undocumented immigrants are crossing the border, who they really are, why they are coming, and what our response should be. 

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Birthright and Citizenship

Sitting in a coffee shop in Cokato, I overhear a table of ten talking about citizenship, and Trump’s declaration that he is going to abolish birthright citizenship. “There ought to be some kind of waiting period for citizenship,” one man … Continue reading

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