A family from Brazil, seeking asylum in the U.S., prepares to board a chartered bus that will take them from Somerton to the Casa Alitas shelter in Tucson. This family was fortunate: Men and women routinely are separated during processing at the border. (Photo by Kamilah Williams/Cronkite Borderlands Project)
Posted in Asylum Immigration

Asylum seekers dropped off in towns that have few resources get help from nonprofits

“For me to see people dropped off in the middle of the street, that’s not humanitarian. That’s not American and who we are and what we stand for.”  by Taylor O’Connor, Cronkite Borderlands Project May 3, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Government Politics

Biden gives Congress his vision to ‘win the 21st century’ – scholars react

President Joe Biden spoke to Congress on April 28, 2021, with a historic duo flanking him: two women, one of them African American. Vice President Kamala Harris called the proceedings to order; Speaker of the House Nancy…

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Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Immigration Unaccompanied Minors

“No good choices”: HHS Is cutting safety corners to move migrant kids out of overcrowded facilities

After ignoring signs that shelters were filling quickly, agencies are scrambling to get thousands of kids out of Border Patrol jails. But new “emergency” facilities skirt safety standards, while facilities accused of abuse are still getting…

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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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Posted in Analysis

The government Donald Trump left behind

Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow. by Chris Morran Saturday, January 30, 2021…

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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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Border wall destruction in Arizona

The companies that are mutilating the land along the US/MX border call the destruction “pioneering”. This video was filmed in Guadalupe Canyon. Video credit: Follow the John

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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 Border Wall Immigration News

‘He is not welcome’: Trump border visit denounced as PR stunt of ‘blood-soaked’ president

“Trump has blood on his hands, and he is not welcome at the border,” one migrant rights activist bluntly declared. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Human rights advocates in Texas on Tuesday…

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COVID-19 and the resulting border closures have had a devastating impact on the economy of Nogales, Arizona.

by Delaney White, Cronkite News December 14, 2020 COVID-19 and border closures have had a devastating impact on the economy in Nogales, Arizona. (Video by Delaney White, 3:48) This story produced by Cronkite News on December 14,…

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How a small Arizona town saved itself from the COVID-19 food crisis

When COVID-19 hit Ajo, the shelves of its one grocery story were cleaned out. So the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture stepped up to feed the community. By Luke Simmons Cronkite News December 14, 2020 Ajo,…

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Posted in Arizona Immigration News

US Agents threaten Christmas Eve raid against humanitarians giving aid to refugees near border

‘Complete Disregard for Human Life’ One volunteer noted the cruel irony of such actions “on the eve of a holiday meant to celebrate hospitality towards travelers from distant lands.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, December…

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Posted in Border Wall Pro Publica

The Trump administration keeps awarding border wall contracts but doesn’t own the land to build on

The government’s strategy of awarding contracts before acquiring titles to land in Texas has led to millions of dollars in costs for delays. Things could get even more complicated if President-elect Joe Biden stops border wall…

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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 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 Analysis Border Wall Corporate Influence Pro Publica

Records show Trump’s border wall is costing taxpayers billions more than initial contracts

As the presidential election nears, a review of federal spending data found modifications to contracts have increased the price of the border wall by billions, costing about five times more per mile than it did under…

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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 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 Community News

‘Years of Repair’: New animated film imagines the future to come inspired by a vision of justice and the common good

“The true power and possibility of this project is not onscreen,” explains executive producer Naomi Klein. “That resides in the movement of movements that is fighting for this vision of radical repair every day. by Jon…

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Posted in Common Dreams ICE Investigations News

Rights groups condemn ICE amid whistleblower’s allegations of unwarranted hysterectomies

‘Forced Sterilization Is Genocide’ The complaint alleges numerous health and safety violations in regards to Covid-19 in addition a disturbing number of procedures performed on detained women. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Tuesday, September 15 Human…

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