Immigration News for June 20, 2021

Jennifer Rocha picks bell peppers alongside her parents, Angelica Maria and Jose Juan Rocha, shortly before graduating from UC San Diego last week.
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Today’s immigration news comes in pictures. Jennifer Rocha’s graduation pictures went viral. The love and pride in a farmworker family putting three daughters through college shines through every one, along with Jennifer’s love and pride in her parents. (NPR)

 “Jennifer Rocha wanted to hear the rustle of her black graduation gown against the bell pepper bushes in the California farm fields. She wanted to see the hem float above the dirt paths that she and her parents have spent years walking as a family while plucking heavy gallons of perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables that end up in America’s grocery stores.

“That’s why she decided to take her college graduation photos in the same hot vegetable fields in Coachella, Calif., where she has worked with her parents since she was in high school….

“‘The whole reason I wanted to go back to the fields with my parents is because I wouldn’t have the degree and the diploma if it wasn’t for them. They sacrificed their backs, their sweat, their early mornings, late afternoons, working cold winters, hot summers just to give me and my sisters an education.'” 

Today’s second picture tells a tragic story of betrayal and exclusion. The Migration Policy Institute created this graph of official U.S. refugee admission ceilings and admissions since 1998. This year’s admissions are on track to be the lowest ever. 

“This data tool shows refugee admissions and annual resettlement ceilings from the U.S. refugee resettlement program’s inception in 1980 through the first seven months of fiscal year 2021. The number of persons who may be admitted to the United States as refugees each year is established by the President in consultation with Congress. Refugees are individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin or nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” 

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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