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…


Record low for refugees; $60 million/week for beds; TPS at risk

“Haitians who have been waiting years in Mexico for an opportunity to seek asylum in the U.S. are now testing the Biden administration and a border where their chances are — evidently — hit or miss,” writes Lauren Villagran in a feature for the El Paso Times profiling two women with similar migration paths who met “remarkably different fates.” Photo by Omar Ornelas for the El Paso Times.

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The forced removal of more than 400,000 people with Temporary Protected Status could begin as soon as October. If so, “it could also turn into the largest family-separation operation in American history,” Marcela Valdes writes in The New York Times Magazine. In a meticulously researched story, Valdes digs into the trajectory of this “immigration purgatory” of temporary status weaving the policy…


Record number of migrant kids in shelters; TikTok scams; El Salvador snubs

A learning pod for refugee children at a San Diego church. Refugees in San Diego, with significantly higher rates of unemployment than the general population, are facing intense challenges during the pandemic, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Photo by Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have had the highest rate of long-term unemployment during the pandemic, reports USA Today. “Many were hit even before shutdowns went into effect, losing business as customers wary of Asian links to the spreading virus shied away,” Marc Ramirez writes, noting one study found more than 233,000 Asian small businesses closed from January to March 2020…


Overwhelmed and underprepared at CBP; New migrant kids shelters at military bases, convention centers, Christian camps; Borderless, Borderland love

While many Punjabi immigrants are essential workers, particularly truck drivers, there is little COVID information in their native language. In response community groups and news outlets have activated to get Punjabi-speakers vaccinated, reports Valley Public Radio. Illustration is part of a campaign from the nonprofit organization Jakara Movement.

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Love in the Borderland knows no borders. At least that was the case for El Paso Times reporter Lauren Villagran. …


Border Crisis? VP Harris leads on immigration; Asian American divide

Stuck in limbo in Ciudad Juárez, the 30 transgender women of Casa de Colores, most of them migrants from El Salvador, have built a community during the pandemic. Photo credit: Claudia Hernández for Borderless Magazine

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“As details about the employees emerged, so too did another narrative: the story of the wealth divide among people of Asian descent in America — a…


Is it a border crisis? Asian Americans speak up; Boise’s refugee secret sauce

“I felt it in my gut: Some of this is happening because the evil-doers think there will be little reaction in the broader society. Because Asian Americans don’t always speak up,” writes Tim Kawakami in a poignant essay for TheAthletic.com on the rise of anti-Asian crime and lessons learned from his mother who was in a Japanese American incarceration camp during World War II. Photo Source: NYC Commission for Human Rights

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Why did the 17-year-old with her back swaddled on her back leave home in Guatemala to try and walk across the border? Why have so many other unaccompanied youth and families taken this treacherous journey in recent days? Reuters reporter Mimi Dwyer weaves a lucid profile to illuminate the larger phenomenon.

They left with hopes of a new future…


Who are the kids at the border? Why $$ to Central America falls short; Indians moving to Canada instead of US

Two high school students from American Falls, Idaho testify in favor of a bill providing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, identifying themselves as proud Future Farmers of America members and Hispanic citizens of the U.S. Despite support from agriculture, immigrant advocates, and faith groups, the measure failed to move forward, reports the Idaho Statesman. Photo by Nicole Foy.

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