Author Archives: Mary Turck

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.

Just Saying No to Asylum Seekers

How many ways can Trump say no to asylum seekers? He started as soon as he was inaugurated, with the Muslim ban, then moved on to bar people at the southern border. Among the ways to say no to asylum … Continue reading

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Asylum Delayed, Justice Denied

Nearly nine thousand asylum seekers sit in immigration prisons, despite having shown credible or reasonable fear of persecution: the initial immigration decision that allows them to proceed with their asylum cases in court. They sit in prison for months or … Continue reading

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More Restrictions on Legal Immigration: Fear as Public Policy

Not content with sending asylum seekers back to danger and kidnapping, rounding up Mississippi poultry workers and separating them from their children, and posturing about border walls, the Trump administration today announced further moves against legal immigrants, effective October 15, … Continue reading

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Magdalena in Mississippi

You have probably seen her by now: the 11-year-old girl pleading through her tears:  “The governments—Government, please put your heart! Let my parents be free and everybody else. Please don’t leave the child with cryingness and everything.”  The government responds, … Continue reading

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Living in Fear in the United States

If you want to know how the El Paso massacre and the hate speech spewing from Trump’s Washington and his thousands of Facebook ads targeting immigrants affects U.S. citizens and immigrants, check out journalist Aura Bogado’s Twitter account. Yesterday, she … Continue reading

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After El Paso

I am outraged. Saddened. Sickened. And horribly unsurprised. Another white nationalist with a gun has massacred the targets of his hate. Past targets have been women, African Americans, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ people. This time this young white nationalist man targeted … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: This Week in Immigration News

Good first, because we need some good news: Today, August 2, U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss threw out Trump’s anti-asylum rule, which said no one entering without authorization could apply for asylum. A California judge had already ordered a temporary … Continue reading

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