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.

Immigration News: January 18, 2022

Should the United States offer safe haven to people fleeing genocidal governments? To people whose lives are in danger because of their service to the United States? We say that we do—but unconscionable delays and backlogs make a mockery of … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 14, 2022

Two immigrants, one in Minnesota and one in Boston, take different kinds of action to advocate for a better world and country: Outdoor-loving Ramona Htoo put words on paper and basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom put a big word on … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 13, 2022

Miriam Herrera’s plight epitomizes the heartless, soulless application of immigration laws. She and her husband flew to Mexico to finish the long process of getting her green card. Their petition, based on her husband’s U.S. citizenship, had been approved. The … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 12, 2022

Minnesota received 115 refugees in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2022 (October-December 2021.) The largest numbers came from Syria (33) and Somalia (25). In addition, Minnesota received more than 600 Afghan evacuees for resettlement–these evacuees typically have humanitarian parole, … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 11, 2022

Remain in Mexico is a Trump administration policy that barred asylum seekers from the United States, in violation of U.S. and international law. Under this policy, asylum seekers are forced to wait for months in Mexico, entering the United States … Continue reading

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Immigration News: January 10, 2022

Immigration laws are federal, but immigrant lives are lived locally. While big ideas and laws matter, local stories and first-person accounts can break down the abstraction and bring the issues home. KARE co-anchor Gia Vang is the first Hmong-American television … Continue reading

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Immigration News from January 7, 2022

Tonight’s focus is on young migrants. Unaccompanied children continue to arrive at the border. Last year set records, and it’s not clear what to expect in the months ahead. [CBS] “The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) shelter system … Continue reading

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Immigration News from January 6, 2022

Tonight’s Immigration News focuses on asylum seekers and refugees. The stories of Pablo López and Rosa Díaz highlight impossible obstacles in the U.S. immigration system, further documented by statistical analyses from Syracuse University’s TRAC research project. Pablo López is looking … Continue reading

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Immigration News from January 5, 2022

Following the collapse of the Afghan government, the United States airlifted more than 120,000 people out of Afghanistan in 17 days—the largest airlift in U.S. history. Resettlement is complicated: more than 70,000 people were brought to military bases inside the … Continue reading

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Immigration News from January 4, 2022

Buzzfeed’s Hamed Aleaziz tweeted this update on COVID in ICE detention this afternoon (January 4): “There are 499 ICE detainees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently being monitored by detention staff, per latest government data. That number was at … Continue reading

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