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.

What You Can Do

This is not a comprehensive list, because a comprehensive list would be book-length. This is a start, a list of seven simple steps you can take today and tomorrow and next week, and then do over again and again until … Continue reading

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What’ s Wrong With More Money for Border?

Yesterday, the House caved in and passed the Republican Senate version of “supplemental emergency” funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and the U.S. military to use in border enforcement. The bill’s backers said it was … Continue reading

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St. Cloud, Somali Refugees, Border Patrol Two-Step, and What You Can Do

After last week’s New York Times article, the St. Cloud Times fired back with an eloquent editorial and call to action. The Star Tribune chimed in with an explanation of how Somali refugees came to Minnesota. On the national scene, … Continue reading

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Children on the Border: “A Chaotic Scene of Sickness and Filth”

If your stomach still churning from the past week’s roller coaster deportation drama, @Jonathan Blitzer tweeted a quick timeline to bring you up to date (below). An even bigger drama is unfolding on  the border, as a few lawyers and … Continue reading

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Racists, Refugees, and Following the Money

June 20 was World Refugee Day, so the New York Times showed Minnesota’s worst side, with a long article spotlighting the most racist, anti-refugee voices in the state. Minnesota looks much better in stories of two Minnesota refugee stories, and … Continue reading

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Terror by Tweet and Other Breaking Immigration News

As the president’s tweets threaten unauthorized immigrants inside the United States, a new report says that the death toll for migrants trying to enter the United States is up 50 percent over last year, with at least 380 Latin American … Continue reading

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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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