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Michael Simms: What Holds Us Together Keeps Us Apart

The dirty child at our border
who walked 500 miles
sharing a pair of shoes
with her brother

July 30, 2022 · 13 Comments

Aviva Chomsky: Migration Is Not the Crisis

What Washington Could Really Do in Central America

July 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

Patricia Spears Jones: an American haze

Trumpeter lilies argue the loudest scents — you could wrap
a fiesta with that smell

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Julia Paley: The End of Asylum?

Trump’s asylum ban and kangaroo tent courts threaten to destroy a pillar of international humanitarian law. What can we do?

September 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: People Have The Power

For a break from the madness and slime, here’s ever-cool Patti Smith joining the fabulous Choir! Choir! Choir! who transform crowds of strangers into a joyful, impromptu, powerful community in the name of “leveraging music as a global language.”

September 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: How the U.S. Created the Central American Immigration Crisis

Donald Trump would rather demonize desperate people than deploy the resources needed to attend to their claims in a timely way — or in any way at all.

August 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Karen J. Greenberg: No Fairy Tale

The Trump administration has taken a giant step in trying to abolish the very idea of human rights as a part of the country’s identity.

July 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Harry Blain: American Concentration Camps

When human beings are framed as a national security threat, barbed wire is the next logical step. But unlike during the Japanese internment, today there’s high-level political resistance.

July 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Aura Bogado: The US is quietly opening shelters for babies and young kids. One has 12 children and no mothers.

One of the infants is just 2 weeks old and was born in the United States, making the child a U.S. citizen in the custody of the federal refugee agency.

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The Office of Missing Children

Nearly 15,000 unaccompanied minors currently are detained in the U.S.; they’re held in places ranging from tent cities to trailers and shelters, some of which have a history of mistreatment, including forced drugging, sexual assault and physical abuse.

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Willie Nelson’s new song “Immigrant Eyes” (with lyrics)

It turns out that Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria were just two of dozens who’ve died in the Rio Grande this year. In this spirit, here’s Willie Nelson’s new song celebrating immigrants.

July 10, 2019 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: Never Again. Still. Really.

“When Jews say never again,” said one marcher, “We fucking mean it.”

July 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan: Abolish Migrant Child Jails Now

Debating the fate of jailed migrant children is important, but the life-and-death crisis that they have been thrown into demands immediate action.

July 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: A Celebration of the American Citizen

At 448 dense pages of legalese, the Mueller Report has swiftly, improbably become a sort of touchstone of the sordid times.

June 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

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