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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

Miranda Cady Hallett: How climate change is driving emigration from Central America

Considering that wealthier countries pollute more but are often shielded from the worst effects, how can responsibility be assigned for the harms of climate change? And more importantly, what is to be done?

September 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Pia Klemp — Why I fight for Solidarity

Captain Pia Klemp and the ships she commands have saved over 14,000 people in distress at sea, but today she and nine crew members have been charged with “aiding and abetting illegal immigration to Italy” and face up to 20 years in prison.

September 3, 2019 · 1 Comment

Chard deNiord: Open Letter to the President from a Citizen, August 21, 2019

I write to you, Mr. President, from inside
the cell in which you’ve locked the country
with ICE.

August 22, 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

Mario Garcia: More Central American migrants take shelter in churches, recalling 1980s sanctuary movement

To avoid arrest, thousands of Central Americans have taken shelter in churches, which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement considers sensitive locations where officers should be hesitant to make arrests.

August 2, 2019 · Leave a 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

Andrew J. Bacevich: The Great Reckoning

From our present vantage point, it seems clear that, by 2019, the United States had passed a point of no return. In retrospect, this was the moment when indications of things gone fundamentally awry should have become unmistakable

July 26, 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

Ginger Thompson: A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children

With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it’s like to do his job. “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal.”

July 18, 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

Cassandra Burke Robertson, Irina D. Manta: The government sometimes detains and deports US citizens

More than 1,500 U.S. citizens spent time in immigration detention between 2007 and 2015. In many cases, they were deported.

July 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Charles Davidson: From Blue Mountain Ridges to Desert Sand Concentration Camps

North Carolina Pastor Kim Wells charges her congregation to take action against the government’s abuse of children on the border.

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

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