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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 · 2 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

Lornet Turnbull: Grandmothers Bring Food and Comfort to Asylum Seekers at Bus Stations

Each day at Greyhound stations across the nation, families released from detention and traveling to sponsors’ homes find grandmotherly help. Every morning, Bonita Amaro and her sister Yolanda Sanchez arrive … Continue reading

December 25, 2018 · 2 Comments

Marco North: Moscow 2018 — The Migrant

I load the tiny Leica at the kitchen table, the CL that almost fits in my palm. There are piles of broken asphalt downstairs and the remnants of a flash … Continue reading

December 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Todd Miller: Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change Story

Drought, crop failure, storms, and land disputes pit the rich against the poor, and Central America is ground zero for climate change. Less than a mile south of the U.S.-Mexico … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

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

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving today.  Soaked with sleet. No sun for six days — six is the Devil’s number. I have looked through this window, at these American skies for 5 times 6 … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: This Is An Invasion of Our Country

No, not these spent and sweet-faced kids asleep on a floor in God knows where, having trudged for days with their families and thousands of bedraggled others seeking safety and … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kathleen B. Jones: What the Nazis driving people from homes taught philosopher Hannah Arendt about the rights of refugees

Facing a political revolt over immigration policies from the Christian Social Union partner in her coalition government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a compromise, which would create “transit zones” … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: Entertaining Strangers

Come to my hospitality table– I will feed you from every pot I will allow you to wear my clothes, my blue kimono, my black hat.   I will call … Continue reading

July 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

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