Monthly Archives: May 2020

Suspending the Law to Build a Wall

The Trump administration has unilaterally suspended more than two dozen laws in border areas in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and California to allow border wall construction to proceed without any legal limitation. These laws  include: The National Environmental Policy Act … Continue reading

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Immigration Policy as Child Abuse

The stories break your heart. Two Honduran sisters, eight and eleven years old, were scheduled for deportation back to Honduras, where they have no family to care for them. Eight years old and eleven years old. Think about that.

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People Helping People: Relief for Immigrants

Solidarity efforts across the country help immigrants barred from official government relief programs. Federal programs bar undocumented immigrants (and their U.S. citizen spouses and children) from COVID-19 relief benefits, even though these immigrants pay taxes. Some have lived, worked, and paid … Continue reading

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ICE Detention Death Sentences

Federal courts have ordered ICE to provide minimal safety precautions to immigrants in detention. Soap. Water. Toilet paper. Reducing overcrowding to allow minimal social distancing. Detained immigrants still report lack of soap and sanitation supplies and dangerous overcrowding. Now two … Continue reading

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Meatpacking and Moral Responsibility

*UPDATED 5/13/2020 with more MN data—More than a century ago, Upton Sinclair’s described dangerous and dirty meatpacking plants in The Jungle. Congress responded to public outrage by enacting the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act. Neither … Continue reading

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The Thanks Essential Workers Need: Paychecks and Protection

Nancy Silva, a 43-year-old woman who picks clementines in California, carries a letter from her employer saying that the Department of Homeland Security considers her “critical to the food supply chain.” A 25-year-old father of two young daughters in Mankato … Continue reading

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Pulling Back the Curtain: Justice Subverted

As Senator Mitch McConnell calls the Senate back into session to shove through more Trump judicial nominations, Roll Call reported again on the continuing subversion of immigration courts.

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