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.

Militias, Marijuana, and Migrant Stories

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

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Focus on Minnesota Immigrants

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

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DHS Under Trump: Focus on Immigrants, Not Counterterrorism

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.

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Attorney General Barr on Asylum Seekers: No Bail, Just Jail

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

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Listening to Yo Yo Ma

“I’ve lived my life at the borders. Between cultures. Between disciplines. Between musics. Between generations,” world-renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma told CNN. “In culture, we build bridges, not walls. A country is not a hotel and it’s not full.” This … Continue reading

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Tax Day Reminder: Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too

Just a few reminders on tax day: immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, pay billions of dollars in taxes each year. Payroll taxes from undocumented immigrants pay billions into Social Security and Medicare, keeping these funds solvent for longer, even though they … Continue reading

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Some Clues on ‘Tougher’ Immigration Policy

Nobody, including Trump, really knows what he means by a “tougher” immigration policy, but some of the week’s news gives clues about possible directions. First, there’s his plan to send detained migrants to sanctuary cities. Two other striking moves involve … Continue reading

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