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On November 20, 2014, in a primetime national address, President Obama ended months of speculation and made good on multiple promises to take action regarding U.S. immigration policy.  The President emphasized that the new initiatives, policies, and programs he was announcing are not a permanent solution to the many problems plaguing our current immigration system […]

On November 20th, President Obama announced that his administration is making modifications to the U.S. immigration system, an announcement formally referred to as Immigration Accountability Executive Action. These executive actions , coming after long debate but inaction in Congress, include deferred action for up to 4.9 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. who meet […]

In the spring and summer of 2014 the U.S. faced an unprecedented humanitarian crisis on the U.S./Mexico border involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied child migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Extensive news coverage and reports explored causes of the sudden influx of so many children from Central America. Root causes such as poverty, […]

In a recent article for The New Republic, Eric A. Posner and Glen Weyl make a bold proposition about the role of migration in decreasing global inequality. Citing data that compares internal inequality with impact on global inequality between OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, they argue that […]

In response to the record numbers of Central American women and children apprehended at the southern U.S. border this year, the Obama administration has rapidly increased its use of family detention for the first time in many years, leading critics to denounce both the conditions in which these families are being held and the legal […]

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I didn’t want to make a scoop; I wanted to show the emotions, the fears, the attempts at getting free from the past of those who, from one day to the next, find themselves victims only because of the colour of their skin. The film allows the migrant to shed his anonymity and the public […]

Manuel Valls (center) at a Socialist Party event in 2012. (Photo by Mathieu Delmestre https://www.flickr.com/photos/partisocialiste/8008423264)

By Josh Erb In recent years, the debate around immigration in France has cultivated the rise to prominence of an intriguing political figure. Manuel Valls, who was appointed Prime Minister in March of 2014, is himself a naturalized immigrant who acquired his French citizenship at the age of 20 in 1982. Born in Barcelona, Valls […]

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With the American elections a couple of weeks away, politicians are using every possible means to build an advantage, including preying on the growing fear of Ebola within the United States.  According to some conservatives, the “porous border” with Mexico is a risk for Ebola spreading within the United States, something made allegedly possible by […]

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Aviva Chomsky’s most recent book, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (Beacon Press, 2014), brings up a common narrative most American children learn early on in school: “We are a country of immigrants.” Throughout the book, Chomsky questions the historically situated ways in which we have defined who is an immigrant and who is not, largely […]

Will Allen. Photo credit: The Migration Observatory

As a journalist I’ve long been fascinated by the interplay between public opinion, politics and migration policy, and you can’t unpack the complexities of public opinion without talking about how migrants are portrayed in the media, as Amy Clarke noted here last month. What we read or hear feeds our world view, but the exact […]

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