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Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Cruelty is the Point

Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people – by the sick demons running our country.

September 14, 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

Steven Rosenfeld: Leading Civil Rights Lawyer Shows 20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader.

August 12, 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

Angele Ellis: Occurrence on the Lake Shore Limited

The officer stopped at my seat and thrust his face toward mine. “Are you an American?”

July 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

A.C. Thompson: Over 200 Allegations of Abuse of Migrant Children; DHS protecting agents from prosecution

A federal judge found the department’s own records disturbing and ordered the names of the accused agents made public. Now, DHS has taken its fight against doing so to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

June 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Naureen Shah: DHS is Locking Immigrants in Solitary Confinement

Government documents detail 8,488 cases of solitary confinement. In half the cases, solitary lasted longer than 15 days — the point at which some of its psychological harms may become irreversible and it can amount to torture.

May 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Charles Davidson: Let all the Good Samaritans of the Earth Come Forth

Let all the Good Samaritans of the earth come forth in such numbers as to overwhelm the wickedness of the Trump administration with a love of God and neighbor so great that all manner of goodness shall prevail.

May 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Miranda Cady Hallett, Theo J. Majka: The benefits that places like Dayton, Ohio, reap by welcoming immigrants

There are practical reasons for cities like Dayton to encourage immigrants to stay, be part of the community and put down roots.

May 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Khury Petersen-Smith: Progressives Should Support Open Borders — With No Apology

Supporting freedom of movement isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s a political winner for the left. When President Donald Trump claimed in his State of the Union Address that “wealthy … Continue reading

February 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: An Affront To Justice

Amidst our grim, slow slide into a police state where almost no one is safe comes a new report showing ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants at courthouses in New York state have … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

How to Treat a Stranger in Need: A Moral Response to the Migrant Caravans

By Rabbi Ted Falcon & Pastor Don Mackenzie & Imam Jamal Rahman Throughout history, the biblical story of Exodus has inspired people around the world fleeing persecution. Migrants fleeing persecution and violence in their … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Maya Srikrishnan and Adriana Heldiz: Border Report

The Long Simmering Tensions That Led to the Border Shutdown: Understanding the desperation of the people who are fleeing violence and corruption in Central America is an essential part of … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

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