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Monthly Archives: April 2019
On Monday evening, the White House issued another proclamation on immigration, this one targeting asylum seekers. The proclamation’s immediate effect is to further stoke anti-immigrant sentiment in the president’s base. Any effect on the immigration system will be months … Continue reading
Three recent personal stories epitomize the disconnect between reality and rhetoric in immigration policy. The first is the deportation of Ilir Hope, a 52-year-old Albanian citizen who has been a legal permanent resident of the United States since 2002, a … Continue reading
Not that the bad news has disappeared—there’s always plenty of that around—but here’s some good news to remind all of us that sometimes we win and that the weekend is a time to relax and do whatever will restore energy … Continue reading
Jean Guerrero, now an investigative reporter for NPR, grew up on the border, crossing back and forth as part of daily life in TIjjuana-San Diego. As residents on both sides of the border feel the consequences of Trump’s crisis, she … Continue reading
“Immigration detention centers nearly empty as Trump claims border crisis” “ICE Faces Migrant Detention Crunch as Border Chaos Spills Into Interior of the Country” These two headlines illustrate the way the Trump administration is creating—or at the very least, intensifying—the … Continue reading
Amid the flood of news about anti-immigrant policies, harsh conditions in immigrant jails, and the deportation drumbeat, we need to remember that the anti-immigrant forces are a shrinking minority. A majority of Americans say that immigrants strengthen the United States. … Continue reading
This weekend’s big immigration story was the gun-toting, right-wing militia that is going after migrants on the southern border. They claim to be “helping” the Border Patrol, but state officials, including New Mexico’s governor and attorney general, have denounced the … Continue reading
You’ve heard of Ilhan Omar, a first-generation Somali immigrant now representing Minneapolis in Congress, but do you know her story? MPR tells some of her personal history and the family traditions of civic involvement that still inform her life. “Omar … Continue reading
Firings at the Department of Homeland Security highlight a major shift away from the Homeland Security part of its mission. Cyberterrorism? Counterterrorism? Not priorities for an administration obsessed with immigration.
In the latest administration attack on asylum, Attorney General William Barr ordered an end to bail for asylum seekers who have not entered at ports of entry. His order reverses long-standing policy granting bail to asylum seekers, 96 percent of … Continue reading