Monthly Archives: December 2018

No, He Can’t

Trump tweeted this morning (12/28/18) that he would shut down the border with Mexico if Democrats don’t fund his border wall. He can’t do that. The shutdown will delay many immigration hearings, and some, but not all, of the appeals … Continue reading

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Children’s Deaths Focus Attention on Failure to Protect Migrants in U.S. Detention

When the government puts people in jail, the government is responsible for their medical care. The U.S. government is responsible for the deaths of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin on December 8 and of 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez on Christmas Day. The … Continue reading

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Good People Doing Good Work

“Look to the helpers,” Mr. Rogers reminded us over and over again. So today: three stories of helpers, and ways you can help, too.

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Good News on Christmas?

I wanted to tell good news stories on Christmas. And there are some, but the brutal realities of life and death on the border persist. The worst news today came with the report that another Guatemalan child died today in … Continue reading

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Trump Loses in Courts on Asylum, Shuts Down Government Over Border Wall Demand

Keeping up with the rapidly changing news developments is tough. Here’s a brief summary of the last two days, with an emphasis on asylum, the wall, and the Trump government shutdown. 

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One, Two, Three Strikes: Asylum, Children, Wall

Three big defeats for the Trump administration this week—and it’s only Wednesday.

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The Littlest Migrants

Seven-year-old Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin died at the border on December 6. It’s an old story now, yesterday’s news, though the debate over how it happened and who was to blame continues. Why did she come to the United … Continue reading

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