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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#MustReads 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…


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


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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Kids at border test Biden; More Asian kids homeschooling; Immigrant cooks in Baltimore

In Baltimore, a pandemic collaboration staffed with refugees and immigrants working out of one of the city’s finest restaurants is feeding the hungry, Today reports. Among them is Chef Emilienne, a refugee from Burkina Faso. Photo courtesy of Alkimiah.

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Jaywalking landed Javier Castillo Maradiaga, a DACA recipient, in immigration detention during COVID. Turns out he was caught in an “operational error,” Eric Lach reports in The New Yorker. But ICE is still working to deport the 27-year-old to Honduras. “It’s an indication that this is what our immigration system is. …


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

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?

“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

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

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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…


¿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?

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