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.

Tania Romero and Philya Thach: Deporting to Danger 

Tania Romero and Philya Thach face imminent deportation. Their stories show devastating effects of zero tolerance and revocation of legal permanent residence. Read their stories, and join the campaigns to keep them here.  In August, Tania Romero was stopped for … Continue reading

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Immigration Fees and Turning Away Poor People

The U.S. immigration system excludes almost all people who might want to immigrate here: there is no line to stand in. For those few who have a path to immigrate—usually because of family members who are U.S. citizens or legal … Continue reading

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Tent Courts: Not Really Due Process

The asylum seeker stands inside the giant tent, facing a video screen that shows a far-away judge. She is tired, she is afraid, she is lucky—she got to court and she will get another court date, months in the future, … Continue reading

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United States Says No to Asylum Seekers

Tens of thousands of asylum seekers wait on the southern border, with more coming every day. Many come from Central America, but more and more are coming from Mexico. Some come from Cuba, Cameroon, China, and other countries around the … Continue reading

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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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