Climate migration myths; Kids in Cages again? Immigration reform support on the rise

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A birthday party inside the migrant camp at Matamoros. The camp is one of dozens along the border where El Migrante weekly newspaper is distributed as a resource for migrants. There is also a WhatsApp group and this month El Migrante is launching a radio program on Mexico’s IMER network. (Note, El Migrante is a project of Internews, which also provides programming support for Migratory Notes) Photo part of a series for Capital & Main by Lexie Harrison-Cripps.

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Edgar López was devoted to two things: family and church. But life revolved around chicken plants.” Then he was arrested in 2019 when the Mississippi plant where he worked was raided and he was deported. When he tried to return illegally to the U.S. he was murdered as part of a massacre of Guatemalan migrants near the Mexican border. …


Frigid tent camps; What’s in the immigration reform bill? Remain in Mexico no more?

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“After a year and a half, this month might be the last one for Nidia and her mom, Imelda, to sleep in a pup tent in Matamoros, across from Texas. Forced to wait out their U.S. asylum claim there.
Freezing, no heat,”
Monica Campbell tweets. Check out The World for more on Nidia and Imelda’s story Friday.

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#MustReadsClimate change and xenophobia are on a collision course,” Columbia’s Global Migration Project reports in an investigative feature based on 150 interviews published in The New Yorker. “Forced migration is increasing around the world, with global warming playing an alarming role in new displacement patterns; last…


Border crossings +; Pangas on the move; Nursing in the icebox

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Coachella became the first city in the nation to provide “hero pay” to farmworkers on Wednesday night, according to city leaders. Photo by Omar Ornelas for the Desert Sun

Migratory Notes is hosting tonight a Town Hall for Journalists on Covering Central America at a Crossroads.
Feb. 11 at 5:30 PT/ 7:30 CT/ 8:30 ET

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#MustReads As U.S. immigration enforcement has escalated, open water crossings are up as human smugglers, turned to pangas ferrying migrants from around the world, reports The New York Times Magazine. “The smuggling rings now carry…


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¿Qué hicieron mal (y bien) los y las periodistas al cubrir las denominadas “caravanas”, la separación de familias, permanecer en México y otras restricciones de asilo bajo el periodo de Trump? ¿Qué desearían los periodistas centroamericanos que supiera el público estadounidense? ¿Para qué deben prepararse los periodistas al cubrir la administración de Biden y qué hay que esperar con las nuevas oleadas de inmigración?

Fecha: 11 de febrero a las 5:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. CT / 8:30 p.m. ET

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Biden reviews; AZ record deaths; Workhorse congresswomen

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More than 25,000 immigrant youth who claim abuse or neglect are stuck in a waiting limbo and effectively undocumented for years, despite being eligible for green cards, The Marshall Project reports in a new data analysis published with Documented NY. Illustration by Julia Kuo for The Marshall Project.

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Migratory Notes is hosting a
Town Hall for Journalists on Covering Central America at a Crossroads.
Feb. 11 at 5:30 PT/ 7:30 CT/ 8:30 ET

#MustReadsFor every Trump-era policy that Biden has reversed, hundreds of lesser-known measures remain,” Sarah Stillman writes in The New Yorker. Undoing all of these small rule changes and guideline adjustments may be essentially impossible. To preserve records of small but significant shifts…


Partial recording of the panel on February 11.

One hundred journalists who cover immigration and are based in10 countries and more than 20 states joined the forum. Questions considered included: What did journalists get wrong — and right — covering so-called caravans, family separation, Remain in Mexico, and other asylum restrictions under Trump? What do Central American journalists wish U.S. audiences knew? What do journalists need to prepare for in covering the Biden administration and to expect with new waves of immigration?

Speakers:

  • Tomas Ayuso, Honduran writer and photographer covering migration for NatGeo. @tayuso
  • Monica Campbell, U.S.-based immigration editor/ reporter…

New exec orders; Deportation pause, paused; Vaccine tourism

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Seasonal workers called “lechugeros,” or lettuce people, commute daily to Yuma across the Mexican border. The Arizona county known as “America’s Salad Bowl” has “become a winter hothouse for Covid-19” with the highest U.S. case rate, writes Miriam Jordan in The New York Times. Photo by Adriana Zehbrauskas for The Times.

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#MustRead After 30 years in the United States, Felipe Ortega was deported to Mexico as President Biden took the oath of office. Hours later, the 58-year-old with no criminal record would have been protected, at least temporarily. “The abrupt about-face on policy shows how, without a long-term fix from Congress, the fate of…


Biden Admin starts boldly on immigration: Reform, Travel Ban revoked, Moratorium

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President Biden signed various immigration-related executive orders Wednesday with a bust of organizer Cesar Chavez behind him in the Oval Office. Chavez’s granddaughter, Julie Chávez Rodríguez, was a senior advisor to his campaign and one of the first people named to his administration. Chavez was an advocate for immigrant workers, though he did not support undocumented immigration, Miriam Pawel writes in her biography.

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Transfer of Power The shift in diversity and immigrants’ role in the Biden administration was immediately apparent Wednesday. “On Day One of the Biden-Harris administration, 1 in 3 incoming appointees is an immigrant or a child of immigrants,” Deputy Director of the White House personnel office Gautam Raghavan tweeted. Vice President Kamala Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, was…


A look back, what to expect next, and some exciting news about Migratory Notes.

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President Trump will be remembered for sowing chaos by dismantling an already broken U.S. immigration system with an unprecedented use of executive authority. Migratory Notes tracked that trajectory in 195 newsletters.

For the past three years we published an annual roundup of standout stories. This year we did something different. We identified stories that show how the Trump administration, under top aide Stephen Miller’s guidance, attacked the system, some of the unanticipated results, and what President-elect Joe Biden has promised to do next.

As you may know, Migratory Notes launched during Trump’s first week of office as a pop-up newsletter…


Who’s in charge at DHS? Feminization of migration; Trump’s final wall visit

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“True to form, America still wants it both ways. Just yards from workers picking crops, #trump boasts about his wall,” Dallas Morning News reporter Alfredo Corchado tweeted Tuesday.

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Some call it the “feminization of migration,” as women seeking job opportunities move in greater numbers around the globe. “In recent decades women increasingly have migrated to wealthy countries to become breadwinners themselves, rather than to join family members,” writes Aurora Almendral in National Geographic Magazine. The photographers of The Everyday Projects tracked women’s journeys from Somaliland to Vietnam.

Trump’s…

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