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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

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 · 3 Comments

Video: “Dear America” by Jose Bello

Two days after he read this poem at a TRUTH Act forum in Bakersfield, California, ICE arrested Jose Bello.

July 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Emily McFarlan Miller: Lutheran minister and her family arrested by ICE

Betty Rendón was arrested along with her husband; her daughter, who is a DACA recipient; and a cousin who was staying with the family. The arrest was clearly a retaliation by ICE against the congregation which has been actively supporting undocumented workers.

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

Julia Conley: Trump Threatens to Ship Undocumented Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities

Trump framed the proposal as a threat—but several politicians and rights advocates replied that immigrants would be welcome in those communities.

April 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: By the Rivers of Babylon

if we forget these freedoms
let our tongues and lips wither
let our lyrics turn to twitter rants

April 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Certo: Russia was never the real scandal

Evidence of much more serious “collusion” — with corporations and the wealthy — has always been hiding in plain sight. Though these unique excesses of the Trump era have gotten some coverage, they were never treated as the threat to his legitimacy that Russia was.

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Karla Lamb: Chiapas, Mexico

Chiapas, ten years old. Morning hummingbirds, rainforest canopy. Where monarchs land on my arm, & don’t fly away. Adobe house on a hill. Three rooms, no doors. Where two holes in … Continue reading

March 31, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: What We’re Missing in the Debate about Immigration

Between 2008 and 2016, the United States deported more than three million people. What happens to those left behind?

February 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

Jodie Evans: What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border

From the individual stories, we saw the systems of oppression and the effects of the war economy and wondered what kind of world we live in that we treat other human beings this way.

January 10, 2019 · 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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