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, 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.

Border Patrol, Out of Control

The Border Patrol claims jurisdiction over all U.S. territory within 100 miles of any land or water border. That includes much of Minnesota, all of Florida, most of New York State, much of California, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles—in all, the … Continue reading

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National What?

UPDATED: 10:05 p.m. – Minnesota suing! “The National Emergency to Steal Money to Build the Wall That Mexico Didn’t Pay for so I Don’t Look Like a Fool on Fox News is not a legal thing. Congress can stop it. … Continue reading

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Lose-Lose on Budget Deal (and just about everything else)

The 2019 budget deal is a lose/lose proposition, with both Trump and immigrants losing big-time. Trump loses because he gets even less money for a border wall / fence / whatever than he turned down in December. Immigrants (and taxpayers … Continue reading

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Bad News for Butterflies and Children

We still don’t know exactly what the budget “deal” provides—but the more we hear, the less likely it seems that there’s any meaningful limitation on detention beds or ICE funding, and there’s absolutely no whiff of relief for DREAMers or … Continue reading

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Obfuscation in Washington and Plain Talk in Cleveland

About 24 hours after a four-member mini-negotiating committee announced they had a deal to keep the government running past Friday, Trump says he doesn’t like it. At  least one Republican member of the committee is also backing away. And the … Continue reading

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Congress Negotiates … Something, But Not Essential Immigration Issues

UPDATED 10 a.m.: Congressional leaders announced that they have a deal, and they think Trump will sign it. According to the New York Times, the deal provides $1.4 billion for 55 miles of border fending—less than the deal Trump rejected … Continue reading

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Yes, We Can—Monday Kick Start

Here’s some hope from the latest Gallup poll results: 60 percent oppose significant new construction on border walls and  81 percent support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the United States. Besides that news, take a minute … Continue reading

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