Ghosts of family separation, dismantling Trump policies, legislation heats up

Jennifer Rocha wanted to hear the rustle of her black graduation gown against the bell pepper bushes in the California farm fields,” Vanessa Romo reports for NPR of the University of California, San Diego graduate who chose to take the photos where her parents labored, and where she often worked with them, in the Coachella Valley. Photo by Branden Rodriguez/Instagram @branden.shoots

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Cindy Carcamo, a veteran L.A. Times immigration reporter, has interviewed scores of immigrant families separated by U.S. policies. But she had never publicly shared her own separation story.


In recent years, Haitians fleeing natural disasters, political instability and poverty have found new places to settle: Brazil, Chile, and increasingly Mexican border towns. While the United States recently extended Temporary Protective Status to 100,000 residents, that does not provide legal entry for Haitians not already in the United States. We will talk with journalists about the context and history of why people leave Haiti, growing migrant communities on the border in Mexico, as well as the pressing issues facing diaspora communities throughout the U.S.

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“Do not come” and a Dem divide on immigration; “Chinatown Pretty”; tasering an asylum seeking kid

“After a while, clothes became a gateway to learn more about their immigration stories,” Chinatown Pretty author Valerie Luu told NBC Asian America about the book and Instagram account that features portraits of seniors who live in six North American Chinatowns. Photos by Adria Lo

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A sheriff’s deputy tasered the 16-year-old asylum seeker after shelter officials in Bexar County, Tx., called for backup. While extreme, the law enforcement response is not unique. In the last six years, shelters run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement have released at least 84…


Heartland Immigration Boom; Maine’s Bantu farmers; Texas disaster?

Jabril Abdi, a Somali Bantu refugee farmer in Maine, is an owner of the state’s first immigrant-owned farming cooperative, reports the Bangor Daily News. Photo credit: New Roots Cooperative Farm

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The lone Central American immigrant in Congress is wary of the Biden administration’s efforts to support the region, reports the Los Angeles Times. The fascinating portrait of California’s Norma Torres (D-Pomona) chronicles her story from fleeing Guatemala as a child to her current powerful and often provocative position on the subcommittee that decides how foreign aid flows. “We must stand…


Can Biden keep his refugee promise? ICE deportations lowest on record/ Border Patrol out of $$?

This 1924 headline is part of a recently developed New York Times immigration lesson plan built from the paper’s coverage going back to 1852.

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Last fall, a green bean facility in Wisconsin was the site of one of the deadliest coronavirus outbreaks in the food processing industry, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Maria Perez found that officials at Seneca Foods, which owns the facility, “failed to take critical precautions to protect the employees.” Perez traces the path of the workers, many of whom stayed at…


Immigration lawyers under surveillance; Global pandemic refugees; ICE ordered to stop detention at two county jails

After more than two years sequestered in a Virginia church, Maria Chavalan Sut, an asylum seeker from Guatemala, received a stay of removal in her deportation proceedings. “Her first wish: to see the river,” Jessie Higgins writes in Charlottesville Tomorrow. In Detroit, an Albanian man who sought refuge in a local church for over three years received a humanitarian visa, reports Detroit News. Photo credit: Mike Kropf/Charlottesville Tomorrow

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Two years ago NBC reporters in San Diego uncovered records of the U.S. government tracking journalists, lawyers and activists thought to be connected to the 2018 caravan. “New documents prove the operation went further — and raise questions about how many others were targeted,” Dara Lind writes in a ProPublica investigation. U.S. …


Harris’ silence on border; shadowy new wave of caravan organizers; opaque network of shelters

A former DIY music and art space in Chicago has become a sanctuary for LGBTQ aslyum-seekers released from immigration detention, reports City Bureau. Photo by Samantha Cabrera Friend.

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Since 2018, “shadowy figures who traffic in disinformation and exploit social media to take advantage of migrants” have organized more than a dozens caravans, advertising on WhatsApp and Facebook, reports Rest of World. Over six months, Jeff Ernst followed two migrant caravans. “No one ever asked the organizers to identify themselves,” Ernst writes. “Migrants, worried about kidnapping or extortion, advise their…


Mothers who melt ICE; Death at Tyson; Refugee cap ⬆

Immigration attorneys are increasingly women. Immigrants Defense Advocates created a children’s book on mothers who do immigrant rights work. Proceeds from sales go to the organization. Illustration by Jackie Gonzalez.

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At the beginning of the pandemic, the meatpacking industry successfully lobbied the government to be considered “critical infrastructure” and their employees “essential” — but their largely immigrant workforce has been treated as anything but, reports The New York Review of Books. In an intimate and searing feature, Alice Driver shares the story of immigrants workers at Tyson plants in Arkansas who…


Biden to Congress: Pass it; border kidnappings ⬆; Chinese scientists targeted

“My father knew all too well what happens when legal pathways do not exist for people to enter this country: They find alternative ways in, just as his own family had,” Daniela writes in a Guest Essay for The New York Times. Her father, top right, came to the United States under a false identity in 1950. Photo illustration by The New York Times with Gerson family photos.

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It’s increasingly hard for Chinese people to survive here,” Nianshuang Wang, a scientist whose research helped develop the Moderna vaccine, told Bloomberg Businessweek. Since the Justice Department’s China Initiative program targeting suspected “economic spies” began in 2018, some universities and research institutions have begun suspending and terminating Chinese professors and scientists for allegedly failing to disclose research or funding ties with…


Could US lead on climate asylum? Coyotes on FB; Just 32 refugees sent to Columbus

More than 50 people have migrated from Campur, Guatemala after intense flooding from November hurricanes. Photo credit: Jeff Abbott for Al Jazeera

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U.S. money wiring companies are “profiting from kidnapping” reports VICE World News in an investigation into ransoms and the migrant smuggling economy. “By our rough estimate, criminal organizations in Mexico have made around $800 million on migrant kidnappings alone over the past decade, and money-transfer companies received a cut on nearly every transaction through fees and exchange rates,” write Emily Green…

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