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.

Saying Yes to Refugees

North Dakota and Canada want refugees.  North Dakota’s Republican Governor Doug Burgum wants refugees. He says local governments will have to be willing, but that doesn’t sound like an obstacle.  “Advocates for refugees said they didn’t believe any of the … Continue reading

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Shipping Asylum Seekers to Guatemala

The Remain in Mexico policy forcing asylum seekers back to Mexico in between court hearings was bad. Deporting Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala is much worse—and the flights have begun.  “We are being asked to violate human rights,” … Continue reading

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Voices of Conscience: Asylum Officers Speak Out

Asylum Officer Doug Stephens stood up. “After careful consideration and moral contemplation,” he refused to participate in the “Migrant Protection Protocol” program, also known as “Remain in Mexico.”  This program sends asylum-seekers to live in danger and homelessness in Mexico … Continue reading

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Minnesota Immigration News: November 15 2019

Just a quick round-up of the good, the bad, and the ugly in Minnesota immigration news during the first part of November. And there is a lot of good news, beginning with election results from November 5.

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DACA: Supreme Court Today

On November 12, the Supreme Court considers whether the Trump administration violated  legal procedure in its attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: DACA. The September 5, 2017 order cancelling DACA has been challenged in federal courts across the … Continue reading

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Only Wealthy Immigrants Need Apply

The latest brick in the invisible wall that the Trump administration is building to keep out legal immigrants: enormous fee increases for all kinds of immigration applications, coupled with abolition of fee waivers for those who cannot afford them. The … Continue reading

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Alejandra Barrera and Ajay Kumar: Medical Neglect and Denial of Bonds

Report after report—and court case after court case—show the U.S. government’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers from around the world. That includes detention without bond, denial of medical care, and abuse by guards, especially in private prisons. Read Alejandra Barrera … Continue reading

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