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.

Calling Out NPR on Tornillo Detention Center Story

NPR usually does a good job of reporting on immigration issues. This morning’s coverage of the Tornillo tent immigration jail was uncharacteristically incomplete, to the point of inaccuracy. Two of the problems are the characterization of the reasons for lengthy detention … Continue reading

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Detain and Deport: This is punishment, not policy

Cambodian and Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades are targets of Trump’s deportation policies. So are undocumented workers, family members trying to sponsor migrant children now held in detention centers, and undocumented immigrants showing up … Continue reading

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‘Temper Tantrum’ in the White House Over Border Wall

Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump December 11 in a meeting characterized by “finger-pointing, arm-waving and raised voices” over Trump’s demand for $5 billion for a border wall that Pelosi called “immoral, ineffective and … Continue reading

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Denial, Delay, and Death on the Border

Having survived a difficult and dangerous journey, members of the migrant caravans from Central America are coming to terms with the difficulty of actually entering the United States. Some are giving up and returning home, but most are staying in … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Sermon: Immigration

I don’t usually publish posts on Sunday, but this week I read several inspiring messages from, for, and about people of faith and immigration. Here are a few excerpts from these messages and links to the full stories. In YES … Continue reading

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‘Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people may eat, I will be there.’

Activist chef, shelter volunteer, dedicated doctor, soldier, citizen, murdered father, journalist … this week’s real people stories show the diversity of immigrant experience and contributions.

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Welcoming the Tired, the Poor, the Refugees—to Jail

A special report from the American Immigration Council looks at who is held in immigration jails, and where, and for how long. Tens of thousands of migrants are held in custody every day, with numbers increasing by more than five … Continue reading

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