Immigration News from June 25, 2021

Summer story: another migrant at home in Minnesota

Not much in the news on Friday. The Biden administration is investigating the inhumane and dangerous conditions at Fort Bliss, as reported by CBS.

Family reunification continues, though slowly. NBC offers this dramatic story:

“Walking through the Tampa airport Sunday, Yudissa stopped in her tracks. She barely recognized the young woman coming toward her.

“Her daughter Jissel, now 15, was 12 when she hugged her goodbye at a Border Patrol facility in El Paso, Texas in 2018. That was before Yudissa was shackled around her ankles and loaded into a van with other migrant parents, told that she would be able to reunite with her daughter in two to three days after she had ‘served her sentence.’

“Now, three years later, Yudissa and Jissel are one of about 30 families separated under the Trump administration thatthe Biden administration has been able to reunite this week, according to lawyers representing those families.”

Bill Blazar, retired senior vice president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, explains why we need to strengthen our workforce by passing both the DREAM Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and lead the world in refugee resettlement. (Star Tribune)

“Our immigration system contributes both [energy and creativity] to national economic strategy. Energy via new workers at all skill levels, filling growing workforce holes created by retiring baby boomers and our declining birth rate. It also brings much-needed creativity. Immigrants start new businesses nationwide at greater rates than native-born entrepreneurs.

“Name a country with a declining population and a healthy, growing economy. You can’t. Economic health requires some measure of population growth. U.S. population growth from 2010 to 2020 was slower than in all but one decade in our nation’s history. An immediate and dramatic increase in our birth rate will not add workers for at least 18 years. For the foreseeable future, our best option is an immigration system that is tuned to our economy.”

Texas Monthly reports from the border, with stories of how border residents see the “crisis” differently than politicians—and some are not happy with the law enforcement officers sent to “help.” 

“Over the past decade, the presence of state law enforcement has grown from a smattering of black-and-white DPS vehicles to a near-ubiquitous army of troopers—part of a Texas-ification of border enforcement that costs taxpayers about $500 million a year. 

“One day in the fall of 2019, a DPS trooper stopped Garrett. The official reason: he was going 3 miles over the 65-miles-per-hour speed limit, but the trooper, apparently bored and lonely, confided that the infraction was really an excuse for human interaction. “He told me he just wanted somebody to talk to—seriously, this happened,” Garrett said. The trooper mentioned that he was from the Dallas area and inquired about the University of Oklahoma sticker on Garrett’s car. They chatted about Oklahoma’s rivalry with the University of Texas and about the Dallas Cowboys. The conversation was brief and friendly, and the trooper let him off with a warning. For Garrett, the interaction was an amusing confirmation of his view that the DPS deployments amount to an expensive show of force that targets residents of the Rio Grande Valley rather than smugglers and unauthorized immigrants.”

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,, 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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