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President Biden, Keep Your Promise to Refugees!

During the campaign, President Joe Biden promised to support refugee resettlement. He repeated the promise after his inauguration and sent a message to Congress saying he intended to increase the cap for this year to 62,500 and for next year … Continue reading

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Crisis of Conscience, Not of Immigrants

Our real national crisis is not at the border, but in Washington, and in the conscience of our country. Right now, despite our promises and laws, the U.S. government continues to refuse safe haven to asylum seekers asking for protection. … Continue reading

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Doing Better for Children at the Border

Four years ago, this sign promised a different world “next time,” meaning the next election, after Trump. Now the Biden Administration is struggling to keep that promise, and to reverse inhumane policies implemented over four years. The crisis of children … Continue reading

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We are All Watching the Children. Watching Is Not Enough.

Their images fill computer and television screens every day: crying children, bewildered children, toddlers, teens. They wait for six days or more in crowded, sunless Border Patrol jail cells built decades ago to hold adult men for a day or … Continue reading

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That Crash in California: Remembering Yesenia

On March 2, a maroon Ford Expedition with 25 people inside was hit by a semi-trailer in southern California. Thirteen of the people inside were killed in the crash. They were immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, and other countries—and the smuggler … Continue reading

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Deporting to Disaster in Haiti

During the first month of the Biden administration, hundreds of Haitian asylum seekers were put on planes and sent back to that violence-wracked island. Despite the president’s promise to stop deportations, more than 15 flights carried families and small children … Continue reading

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Immigration in Congress: One Big Bill, Many Small Ones

*updated 3/5/2021 with new bills and information Confused by daily reports of bills proposed, introduced, likely to pass, impossible to pass, et cetera? Here’s a quick round-up of immigration legislation introduced in the first two months of the 117th Congress … Continue reading

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Waiting on the Border

After months and years of waiting, a few asylum applicants finally began moving toward safety on February 19. Slowly. Painfully.  Although U.S. and U.N. officials stumbled through new procedures, the Biden administration’s commitment is clear. The United States will reverse … Continue reading

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What the Latest Immigration Executive Orders Do

I didn’t want to slog through the latest executive orders to write this analysis. But the devil is in the details, those too arcane to make their way into news headlines or even articles. So I’m brewing a second cup … Continue reading

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Deporting Grandpa and Continuing Atrocities

Felipe Ortega, grandfather of eight U.S. citizens, was deported on Inauguration Day. After 30 years in the United States, he was picked up by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the day before on a 15-year-old deportation warrant. After being held … Continue reading

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