Monthly Archives: January 2019

Not One, But Two, Ballooning Immigration Backlogs

You’ve heard about the immigration court backlog, now around a million cases, with people waiting for years to appear before a judge. That’s mostly from the enforcement side of U.S. immigration. The U.S. Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) is where … Continue reading

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Cold as ICE: Family Separation Continues

Minnesota is frozen down at so-far-below-zero-that-numbers-don’t-matter, with schools and offices closed, and even postal delivery halted. In Washington, Congress is moving at a glacial pace. Today’s news includes stories of cold-hearted immigration policies in action, including two recent child separation … Continue reading

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Real People, Real Stories: Immigrants Suffer Under Trump Policies

Anti-immigrant policies, from the Muslim ban to denial of asylum applications, hurt real people. Today: several stories of individuals impacted by punitive policies. The Muslim Ban: Trump’s Muslim ban, first imposed on January 27, 2017, was stopped by several courts. … Continue reading

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The Shutdown Is Over and the Wall Is Still Stupid

With the federal government back up and running, federal employees are getting back pay (though contract employees mostly get nothing), and Congress is still talking about a border wall. Trump’s border wall is an expensive piece of stupidity that should … Continue reading

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Beyond the Law: National Emergency and Asylum Turnbacks

Citing the need to override  “misguided court decisions and outdated laws,” the administration has ordered border officers to push asylum seekers back in to Mexico AFTER they have been determined to have credible fear of returning to their home countries. … Continue reading

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Stranger Than Fiction: U.S. Asylum Policy

Nfor grew up in the West African country of Cameroon, where homosexuality is a crime, and where  gay men often are attacked, sometimes murdered, by vigilantes. He fled in fear for his life, eventually making his way to the United … Continue reading

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Gutting DACA While Pretending to Save It

The “compromise” proposal to end the shutdown announced by Trump on January 19 was unveiled by Mitch McConnell on Monday night, January 21—and it’s even worse than predicted. The conservative Cato Institute said it doesn’t extend DACA, but sets up … Continue reading

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