Tag Archives: United States

End of DACA Program Turns DREAMers’ Lives to Nightmares

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s decision to make good on a campaign promise to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, throwing hundreds of thousands of young immigrants’ lives into chaos and passing the hot potato of potential immigration reform back to Congress. Created by […]

The Lesson of the San Antonio Smuggling Case: The US Needs Immigration Reform

By Aaron Robles On Sunday July 24, 2017, a semi-truck driver stopped in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, to inspect the contents of his trailer. As he lifted the latch to the rear door and opened the container, he found a dreadful scene- scores of immigrants dying of heat exhaustion. Earlier that […]

‘Tell Me How It Ends’: Insights into the Unaccompanied Children Crisis

In March 2015, Valeria Luiselli began volunteering as an interpreter for unaccompanied children appearing before the New York City immigration court. A Mexican writer and novelist, Luiselli’s only previous experience with the U.S. immigration system involved her own green card application (then still pending). She was captivated by the news stories she heard about tens […]

Trump’s Paris Accord withdrawal and the human sacrifices of capitalist climate change

Denial of climate science is only the symptom of a much deeper problem that confronts the planet. It is the endemic crisis-ridden capitalism that lashes about like an injured dragon, breathing fire here and whipping its tail over there. Fatally wounded, capitalism seeks regeneration through any means—whether by the seizure of precious natural resources or […]

Sanctuary Cities in the United States: Fact vs. Fiction

So-called “sanctuary cities” have been all over the American news since Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” on January 25.  Cities like San Francisco and Seattle are suing the federal government over the EO, while some Republican lawmakers are supporting it.  Trump himself has […]

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Illegal Forced Labor Practices in Colorado Immigration Detention Facility

Last month, a federal judge in Colorado granted class action status in a lawsuit alleging that private prison company The GEO Group, Inc., forced immigrant detainees to work in a detention facility.  While the case is ongoing, it comes amid ever greater concerns regarding the future of immigrant detention in the United States. The suit, […]

10 days into Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’: a legal round-up

Chaos erupted in airports around the United States over the weekend of January 27-29 as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials scrambled to implement President Trump’s hastily issued immigration-related executive order.  Entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and signed on January 27, the order, among other things: Suspends all […]

A letter to my brothers: our ancestors defied borders, and so must we

For my brothers, who know our family, but few of our stories. Dear boys, We are neither refugees nor their children. We are their grandchildren. The first time I learned the proper noun, the verb ‘Partition’, I was five. Dad nestled a plate of sliced apples between us on the couch and allowed me to […]

Ramifications of Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders

In 1939, the German ship St. Louis sailed from Hamburg to Havana. There, only a handful of passengers were allowed to disembark. The St. Louis then began to sail along the coast of Florida within sight of the lights of Miami. U.S. officials, however, refused requests from passengers to disembark and the ship returned to […]

“A place in the generous heart of America”: Reflecting on New York’s immigrant history through Tyler Anbinder’s City of Dreams

I moved to New York City seven months ago, and I’ve spent the last several weeks lugging an extra heavy bag onto the subway during my commutes. Besides my laptop, the main culprit is a 735-page hardcover book – Tyler Anbinder’s City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York. When I manage […]