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.

Fact Check: Refugees, Camps, and Resettlement

More than a thousand Syrians crossed the Iraqi border during the past week, fleeing from the Turkish invasion and attack on Kurdish territory. They join about 250,000 Syrian refugees already living in Iraq. The United Nations is scrambling to set … Continue reading

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Making Some Changes in This Blog

On vacation in DC last week, I spent a lot of time walking and thinking. In part, I thought about what I can do during this time of national crisis and despair, and kept coming back to what and how … Continue reading

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Marius, Gurupreet, Aida, Ramlo: Four Refugee Stories

Marius Kothor, a graduate student at Yale, came to the United States with his family, refugees from Togo. They arrived in February 2000. Being allowed to enter as a refugee saved his life, he says, and more refugees should be … Continue reading

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Hope and Help for Immigrants: You Can Act Now

If you feel hopeless in the face of today’s outrages, know that you can act and you can make a difference. Action takes many forms, from calling your political representatives to filing comments opposing new and awful regulations to financial … Continue reading

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The (Immigration) Week in Review

Biggest, baddest news: Trump has cut refugee admissions for 2020 to 18,000, the lowest ever. Thursday’s announcement is devastating news for  refugee families trying to reunite with loved ones still languishing in camps around the world, refugee agencies that will … Continue reading

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Welcoming Minnesota Immigrants

Last week was Welcoming Week, built around September 17—Citizenship Day. During the first weeks of September, thousands of Minnesotans became citizens, in St. Paul and across the state. Immigrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, contribute skills and talent and hard … Continue reading

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One More Friday Night Immigration Outrage

Seems like terrible immigration stories often break late on Friday, when they may be buried in the weekend news cycle. This week’s Friday night outrage: a not-quite-safe-third-country agreement signed with El Salvador, and an administration plan to force vulnerable asylum … Continue reading

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