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.

Minnesota Immigration News: Dinner Parties to Detainees

As the International Institute in St. Paul celebrates its 100th anniversary, Executive Director Gane Graupman told the Midway Monitor:  “Where people come from has changed over the years, but their desire for opportunity, education, jobs, freedom, and safety have not … Continue reading

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Shelters, Prisons, Concentration Camps: Where Does the United States Put Migrants?

As refugees continue to move from intolerable situations in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, even Mexico, and other countries around the world, The Trump administration doubles down on its no-room-for-anyone policies. That leaves refugees out in the cold—or this month, out … Continue reading

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‘If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.’

Marian Wright Edelman’s admonition seems particularly damning when we look at U.S. treatment of immigrant children. Denial of safe haven, overcrowded shelters, prison-like detention, mistreatment, neglect, and death top the stories coming from the southern border. While today’s post focuses … Continue reading

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Crisis in the Hemisphere Is Driving Migration

Customs and Border Protection has announced their May statistics, which show an increase in border crossings, particularly by families and children. Rather than a U.S. immigration crisis, the continuing flow of immigrants evidences humanitarian and economic crises in the hemisphere, … Continue reading

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U.S. Asylum Policy: Deporting to Danger and Death

Eighty years ago, the St. Louis sailed from Germany with 937 passengers on board, mostly Jews fleeing from the Nazi Third Reich. They were refused entry by the United States and forced to return to Europe. Some found safety in … Continue reading

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Backing Down on Tariffs

On Friday, June 6, at 9:23 p.m., the White House announced that it would not impose tariffs on Mexico because an agreement had been reached. The “agreement” said Mexico would continue the crackdowns on migrants that it has already put … Continue reading

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Saying Yes to the American Dream and Promise

The House of Representatives said yes. Yes to Dreamers and people with Temporary Protected Status. Yes to 2.7 million immigrants who want a path  to safety and to citizenship. Yes to the 80 percent of the population that polls say … Continue reading

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