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.

Crooked Texas Attorney General Sues to Stop Changes to Immigration Policy

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week filed a lawsuit to reverse President Biden’s executive orders on immigration. His lawsuit is based mainly on an illegal agreement between the outgoing Trump administration and Trump-supporting state and local officials in several jurisdictions.  … Continue reading

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Reforming Immigration Law: The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 would replace the word “alien” with the word “non-citizen” throughout the immigration code. That simple change signals a crucial change of attitude, saying that we are all human beings. Although a small part of the bill, the … Continue reading

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Biden’s Day One Action on Immigration

President Joe Biden kicked off his term by making big and immediate changes. He became president at noon. By 6 p.m. he had issued a pile of executive orders, six of which were crucial changes in immigration policy and practice. … Continue reading

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Re-Visioning Immigration

“If you conceptualize migration as national security issue, if you criminalize migration, then your approach will always be reduction of migration,” says Mexican ambassador to the United States Martha Bárcena Coqui. Instead, she suggests, “We need to conceptualize migration as … Continue reading

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Learning From (Immigration) History

Cycles of immigration and anti-immigrant sentiment mark U.S. immigration history. At the very beginning, Benjamin Franklin denounced German immigrants to Pennsylvania, saying they “will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never … Continue reading

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Death in Detention

Cipriano Chavez-Alvarez was 61 years old, with lymphoma, kidney disease, hypertension, and diabetes. A federal judge ordered him released from the prison where he had served 27 years of a life sentence for selling cocaine. The judge said he was … Continue reading

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Paper Walls Keep Immigrants Out

Trump’s wall-building obsession knows no bounds when it comes to keeping out immigrants. Though his attempts at building a physical wall continue to fail spectacularly, his administration continues to erect one administrative wall after another. Again and again, these bureaucratic … Continue reading

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Not Even Three-Fifths of a Person

The latest Trump executive order attempts to weaponize the census to attack immigrants and states where large numbers of undocumented immigrants live, work, and raise their families. His order says that undocumented persons are not persons for purposes of Congressional … Continue reading

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Trump Needs Eighth Grade Civics Class

Now Trump claims he is going to sign an immigration bill by executive order. Somebody needs to explain to him the difference between legislation—bills—that are passed by Congress and executive orders, that are issued by the president. Here’s what he … Continue reading

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Cruel and Inhuman: ICE Detention Centers Put Everyone at Risk

In Arizona, two former correctional officers at the Eloy immigration detention center detailed serious COVID-19 risks to detained immigrants, to employees, and to employee families and communities. Among the problems cited: “Correctional officers told to ration masks and gloves. “Correctional officers given … Continue reading

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