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Helen Benedict: Unequal Mercy

Most of the countries embracing Ukrainians are simultaneously persecuting equally desperate refugees from elsewhere.

December 6, 2022 · 2 Comments

Shailly Gupta Barnes: The War on Immigrants is a War on all Americans

In states across the country, cynical politicians are turning a humanitarian crisis into political theater.

October 25, 2022 · 3 Comments

Jyotika Saksena: Common Misperceptions About Refugees

America needs more refugees, not less. 

October 20, 2022 · 3 Comments

Aviva Chomsky: Migration Is Not the Crisis

What Washington Could Really Do in Central America

July 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Great Again

The death of the empire wasn’t difficult
to record. The 6 o’clock news ended
with the usual uplifting bit, a disabled
veteran got a medal….

October 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: What an American Terrorist Looks Like

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric.

August 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frances Moore Lappé: Blood on Our Hands — How We Help Drive Immigration North

Where are the calls to stop the massive illegal transfer of U.S. weapons fueling the very violence that drives innocent people to leave their homes?

August 1, 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

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

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

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

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: A Dream Where Our Differences Are Erased

 Improbably, we found a welcome break from MAGA-hatted punks and the debacle that is D.C. in Wichita, Kansas, where immigrant artists are breaking down barriers, celebrating disparate cultures, bringing together … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

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