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.

Judge Shopping in Texas

Have you wondered how Republican states suing to overturn each and every one of President Biden’s more progressive immigration policies manage to get their cases heard by right-wing, Trump-appointed federal judges?  The latest lawsuit, brought by 20 Republican attorneys general, … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 27, 2023

Having trouble keeping track of Biden administration immigration actions? There’s a reason: during the first two years, the Biden administration took 403 immigration-related executive actions, almost as many as the Trump administration’s 472 immigration-related executive actions during its entire four … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 25, 2023

Mark Newhouse, an electrical engineer with a PhD and a highly successful career, started a fund and a program to help undocumented workers in Colorado. It’s his way to pay back the generosity that greeted his ancestors in Mexico. Fleeing … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 24, 2023

Like the dog chasing the car who can’t figure out what to do when he catches it, the radical right Republicans in the House of Representatives have no idea how to “solve the border problem.” Even fellow Republicans denounce their … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 23, 2023

New year, new Congress—and same old immigration debate, same old prospect of no movement, no change, no progress. The now-dominant radical right wing of the Republican Party introduced an extreme “border control” bill in the House of Representatives that is … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 19, 2023

Sometimes one person’s story offers the best window into how the immigration system fails all of us. A deeply-reported and well-written article from Utah’s Deseret News tells just such a story. José Contreras is a U.S. citizen now—49 years after arriving in … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 18, 2023

Want to sponsor a refugee? The new Welcome Corps program will allow groups of at least five individuals to pool their resources to bring a refugee to their community. The Welcome Corps is the latest effort by the Biden administration to … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 17, 2023

If you have questions about asylum, expedited removal, the new Biden Administration revival of old Trump policies, and more — the National Immigrant Justice Center has answers. [National Immigrant Justice Center] “Is There Any Legitimate, Lawful Basis For Limiting Asylum … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 15, 2023

The United States needs immigrant workers. Congress ignores that need as, year after year, it fails to pass needed immigration reforms. Immigrant workers are essential workers, and nowhere is this more evident than in the health care sector, where rural … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 12, 2023

BIG NEWS for Somali immigrants! The Biden administration is extending AND redesignating TPS, which means Somalis present in the United States before today can apply for TPS. “The U.S. on Thursday made more than 2,000 Somali immigrants eligible for work … Continue reading

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