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.

Good News / Bad News

Start with good news/bad news: Good news is that DHS is extending Somali Temporary Protected Status until March 2020, with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen acknowledging that “that “the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that support Somalia’s current … Continue reading

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Circus in Congress Over Immigration

On Wednesday, the House GOP passed an “ICE is Nice” resolution, while Democrats refused to vote. That came after the House GOP first proposed and then refused to bring a Democratic “Abolish ICE” bill to the floor for debate. Immigration … Continue reading

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Immigration Prison Industry: Children, Families, Profits

Reveal reported in early July that a private contractor, MVM, held children in an unlicensed facility in Phoenix. After initially denying reports, MVM said it was only transporting them, not holding them in custody, even though children remained in the … Continue reading

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While we were watching the children, the feds made deportation easier

Three recent changes make it easier to deport victims of domestic violence or gang violence, applicants who are denied a benefit by USCIS, and applicants who don’t have all their paperwork in order. Victims of domestic violence or gang violence … Continue reading

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‘It is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case.’

As more children are reunited with their parents, a clearer picture of the physical and psychological damage of their confinement in prison-like shelters emerges. Children were ordered not to touch one another—no hugging, not by friends, not even by brothers … Continue reading

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Just saying no—to asylum seekers, kids, parents, grandparents

Mayra Lucrecia Arriola Hurtarte’s husband tortured her. She moved 15 times in a year, and he found her every time. She went to police in Guatemala—repeatedly—and they did nothing. One officer finally told her she should leave the country. She … Continue reading

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‘Don’t you know that we hate you people?’

“When I first spoke with ICE officers,” the Guatemalan mother said in an affidavit filed in a pending court case, “they told us, ‘Why did you come from your country?’, ‘Don’t you know that we hate you people?’, ‘We don’t … Continue reading

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