Posted in Biden Administration Immigration News

From ‘aliens’ to ‘noncitizens’ – the Biden administration is proposing to change a legal term to recognize the humanity of non-Americans

by Kevin Johnson, University of California, Davis Wednesday, February 24, 2021 If a proposed law passes, this group of immigrants apprehended at the U.S. border near Mission, Texas, would be called ‘noncitizens,’ not ‘aliens.’ Sergio Flores…

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Posted in Congressional Oversight Family Separation Immigration News

Auditor says DHS knew ‘zero-tolerance’ would split families at border

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday that the 2018 policy followed a test program in west Texas in which officials were not immediately able to reunite separated…

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Demonstrators protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters to demand the release of immigran families in detention centers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic in Washington, D.C. on July 17, 2020.
Posted in Biden Administration Deportation ICE News

Despite Biden moratorium, ICE and CBP deport hundreds

‘Get These Agencies Under Control Immediately’ “Don’t. Look. Away. We can’t trust ICE and CBP, even if their boss is a Democrat.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, February 2, 2021 “How many more lives must…

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Posted in Family Separation ICE Detention Centers Immigration News

Biden ban on new private prison contracts will not reach ICE detainees

by Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Washington, D.C.      President Joe Biden’s order that the Justice Department stop contracting with private prisons could eventually affect thousands of inmates – but not the roughly…

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Posted in DACA

Dreamers in Arizona have mixed feelings about Biden’s immigration plan

by Emma VandenEinde, Cronkite News Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Phoenix, Arizona     – On his first day in office, President Joe Biden sent to Congress his plan to reform the U.S. immigration system. The bill includes…

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Posted in Deportation Immigration News

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden’s 100-day deportation moratorium after Texas sues administration

  by Julián Aguilar, The Texas Tribune Jan. 26, 2021 A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s 100-day moratorium on deportations of some undocumented immigrants. Federal Judge Drew Tipton on Tuesday issued…

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Posted in DACA Immigration News

Biden’s path to citizenship for immigrants could face an uphill battle

  by Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Thursday, January 21 WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden unveiled a sweeping immigration reform bill Wednesday that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, preserve DACA and end…

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Posted in Analysis Family Separation

New IG report, says ACLU, shows just how far Trump team ‘was willing to go to destroy’ immigrant families

“Just when you think the Trump administration can’t sink any lower, it does.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Friday, January 15 As a former leading U.S. Justice Department official on Thursday said he regretted the role…

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Posted in Common Dreams DACA Immigration News

Federal Judge orders Trump Administration to fully restore DACA, ‘huge victory’ for immigrants,

“It opens the door for more than a million immigrant youth who have been unfairly denied their chance to apply for DACA,” said the director of the Justice Action Center. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer December…

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Posted in Family Separation Investigations News Reveal

US detained migrant children for far longer than previously known

Newly obtained data show that the U.S. government has detained nearly 1,000 migrant children for longer than one year since fall 2014. By Aura Bogado and Melissa Lewis, Reveal October 29, 2020 This article is part two…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Pro Publica

Trump races to weaken environmental and worker protections, and implement other last-minute policies, before Jan. 20

The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions to federal executions. by Isaac Arnsdorf  Six days…

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Posted in Immigration Pro Publica

The stolen childhood of teenage factory workers

Immigrant teenagers who work overnight shifts in suburban factories dream of a better life for children they don’t yet have. So did the author’s father. by Melissa Sanchez  I didn’t expect this story to become so…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation Immigration News

Trump Admin rejected plan to provide mental healthcare to separated families

‘Heartlessness Mixed With Political Power’ “The pain this administration has inflicted on so many children and their families is infuriating.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, November 19, 2020 Along with pushing the White House immigration…

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Posted in Child Welfare Labor Pro Publica

Inside the lives of immigrant teens working dangerous night shifts in suburban factories

During the day, immigrant teenagers attend high school. At night, they work in factories to pay debts to smugglers and send money to family. The authorities aren’t surprised by child labor. They’re also not doing much…

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Posted in Common Dreams Deportation Family Separation News

Federal Judge blocks Trump order that has already led to ‘illegal’ expulsion of 13,000 unaccompanied children

“Today’s ruling is a critical step in halting the Trump administration’s unprecedented and illegal attempt to expel children under the thin guise of public health.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer November 18, 2020, Wednesday, A federal…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Sustainability Video

Climate change will make parts of the U.S. uninhabitable. Americans are still moving there.

Instead of moving away from areas in climate crisis, Americans are flocking to them. As land in places like Phoenix, Houston and Miami becomes less habitable, the country’s migration patterns will be forced to change. by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Deportation Family Separation News

Lawyers can’t locate parents of 666 seized migrant children—121 more than previously believed

.    The children were separated from their families under the Trump administration’s widely condemned “zero tolerance” immigration policy. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, November 10 Last month, the world was shocked and outraged to learn…

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Posted in Analysis Asylum Immigration Pro Publica

Trump got what he wanted at the border. Would Biden undo it?

Democrats agree that Trump’s caused asylum-seekers unacceptable misery. But the goal of deterring people from migrating to the U.S. — which has motivated Trump’s complex web of border policies — has seduced some Democrats, too. by…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Community Journalism First Nations First Peoples News Racism

‘Small Signs’, Flagstaff resident releases documentary on summer of protests in Flagstaff, AZ

by Mac England, video produced by Levi Stallings Friday, October 16 Flagstaff, Ariz   This summer there were over 50 marches, actions, and demonstrations in Flagstaff, Arizona sparked as elsewhere in the country by the death…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Fact Check Family Separation Race for the White House 2020

‘Cruelty was always the plan’: pressed on mass family separations in final debate, Trump smears victims as ‘bad people’

“The Trump immigration agenda is defined by cruelty: it’s responsible for six children dying in cages, forced women into unnecessary surgeries including sterilizations, continued deportation flights in the middle of a pandemic.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation Investigations News

ACLU says it can’t find parents of over 500 children separated from families by Trump

‘Just Babies at the Time’ “We will not stop looking until we have found every one of the families, no matter how long it takes.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Lawyers appointed by…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Politics

Demanding a nation that ‘Cares for all’ not just the wealthy few, Working Families Party unveils People’s Charter

“The People’s Charter provides folks with something that is outside of [Biden’s] politics to vote for.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, October 8 A coalition of progressive lawmakers, union leaders, and social justice advocates on…

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Posted in Common Dreams Family Separation ICE ICE Detention Centers News

‘Know who didn’t get a F***ing Break? The children’: Outrage over Melania Trump’s recorded comments on imprisoned kids

The first lady accused parents and children of lying about the violence they faced in their home countries and claimed children were “taken care of nicely” in ICE detention centers. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams ICE Immigration News Prisons

Activists help ICE detainee avoid deportation following alleged sterilization procedure at Georgia facility

Pauline Binam, a Cameroonian who has lived in the U.S. since the age of two, was detained at an ICE facility where her fallopian tubes were removed, allegedly without her consent. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer…

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