From Reuters MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) – In early June, asylum seeker Jose Munoz decided it was time to flee for his life – by getting deported from a Texas immigration detention center where coronavirus was sweeping through the population and going home to El Salvador. As the number of COVID-19 cases rose in the Houston […]

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Opinion by Luis Carrasco for the Houston Chronicle The newcomers were in the general population for only two days before they were transferred. One had a high fever and all four had been coughing. The guards said nothing as they moved them out, but the detainees’ dry hack told Danilo de León more than he […]

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The 7-2 ruling allows people to be deported without judicial review of their cases.

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The administration proposed a rule this week that would raise the standard of proof for migrants hoping to obtain asylum and is expected to propose additional visa restrictions.

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From the Washington Post The Trump administration’s emergency coronavirus restrictions have shut the U.S. immigration system so tight that since March 21 just two people seeking humanitarian protection at the southern border have been allowed to stay, according to unpublished U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data obtained by The Washington Post. Citing the threat to […]

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From CBS News María does not know what to do. Her request for U.S. asylum was denied. Her authorization to be in Mexico, contingent on having an ongoing U.S. immigration case, has expired. And now, the U.S. has sent her 10-year-old son alone to Honduras, where she fled an abusive partner who threatened to kill […]

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By Marcelo Suárez-Orozco for the Rational Middle Every day, we see news stories about COVID -19 wreaking terrible loss of life, untold suffering and economic mayhem, but there is another, less noticed casualty of this pandemic: rationality about immigration. As much as the response to the virus, immigration will be a defining issue of our times. Last […]

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From Texas Monthly In the weeks before coronavirus concerns were sweeping the state, the Trump administration was rolling out a pilot program in Houston that would use video hearings to speed up proceedings for immigrant children and help reduce a record backlog of more than 1.1 million cases nationwide. In early March, when the program […]

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From Texas Monthly Less than a mile away from the bridge that separates Matamoros from Brownsville, asylum seekers live in tents or makeshift shelters made from propped-up tarps, each one just a few inches or feet apart from the next. Clothes are strung up to dry between nearby trees or on the yellow safety barriers […]

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From The Hill U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily shutting down offices around the country in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.  The agency said in a memo posted to its website on Tuesday that the closures would apply to its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers. The closures […]

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Rule will require immigration officers to collect cheek swabs from what could amount to hundreds of thousands of people a year

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Donald Trump’s senior adviser has been the true driving force behind this Administration’s racist agenda.

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A court once again blocked a Trump policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico, but then it put the ruling on pause.

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My family’s refugee story shows that we can have an immigration policy that is both sane and humane.

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Needing to see for ourselves what was going on, we ended up doing days of volunteer work with asylum seekers.

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Immigration attorneys say pricey commissary goods are part of a broader strategy by private prisons to harness cheap inmate labor that lowers operating costs and boosts profits.

Immigrants and activists say facilities such as those owned by Boca Raton, Fla.-based Geo Group Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit corrections company, deliberately skimp on essentials, even food, to coerce detainees to labor for pennies an hour to supplement meager rations.

Read the rest of the Reuters story here.

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Young men take sips of sweetened tea from plastic cups. Their hangout is the Somali Grocery and Restaurant, a scruffy, brightly lit spot a few steps from the Mississippi river in central Minnesota. The men, while eyeing a televised football game, discuss the difficulty of finding well-paid jobs. A biochemistry graduate, Abdiweli Barre, says career-building […]

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Despite acknowledging that they “dropped the ball” by releasing more than 200 asylum seekers onto the streets of El Paso without money or means of transportation—or without warning local officials—Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said they plan to release hundreds more over Christmas, U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke told Texas Monthly Monday. The move over the holiday has […]

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On the morning of June 2, 2017, Odette Dureland woke to a loud knock on the door of the one-story bungalow that she shares with her husband and her children. She was recovering from minor surgery, so her 26-year-old daughter, Rebecca, rose to open the door. Outside, there was a group of federal agents from […]

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Claudia Kolker, author of The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope, has been volunteering to help asylum-seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border navigate the legal process. She recently wrote this opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle: I was standing in a trailer in South Texas, anxiously sipping from a […]

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