Robert Koehler: Why, suddenly, do we live in nations as opposed to cultures? And maybe, most gallingly, why do we care about and feel the need to protect only “American citizens”?
The State of Immigration in America
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John Peeler: Lately he has been criticizing Trump’s rhetoric and policies regarding immigration, arguing that Christianity teaches us that we should welcome and support noncriminal immigrants
Paul Street and Chaumtoli Huq: Latinx immigrants together with local and regional allies, responded immediately to defend and support detained workers and their families—to raise bond money and help them “find a way out of this.”
Michael T. Hertz: I support the idea that the caravan should proceed to the border and forcing President Trump to face humanity. And I think that the American expat volunteers should be part of that movement.
Robin Ucevich: The new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives could pose a challenge to the agency’s chronic overspending — and to its aggressive detention and deportation policies.
Irvis Orozco: Immigrants with TPS status live throughout the country, with significant clusters in cities like Dallas, Phoenix, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Ending TPS will have a large impact on the local economy in these areas.
Shannon Luders-Manuel: While not all the detainees were South Asian—some were from Guatemala, Mexico and China—the recent plight of South Asian asylum seekers has been kept out of the public consciousness.
People are finding creative ways to respond to the unique challenges of being black and undocumented in the U.S., according to immigrant rights groups. Among those challenges is that black immigrants are underrepresented in the immigration narrative.
Michael Nigro: In response to Trump’s travel ban, over 1,000 Yemeni stores in New York’s five boroughs temporarily closed for business on Feb. 2, 2017. Thousands gathered, waved U.S. and Yemen flags, prayed, protested, hugged, cried, cheered, passed around a microphone and gave speeches, along with allies who showed up in solidarity.
Bill Blum: Trump is both reviving a campaign pledge he had made during his successful run for president and resuscitating the deep nativist currents of our political culture that had subsided—but never died—in the aftermath of the civil rights movement.
Ahilan Arulanantham: Last week, Jeff Sessions attacked a court ruling that gave a temporary reprieve to hundreds of thousands of immigrants facing imminent deportation after years of living lawfully in this country.
Robin Urevich: “Self-sufficiency has been a basic principle of United States immigration law since this country’s earliest immigration statutes,” DHS tells would-be citizens. Then it lists the ways a proposed agency rule could devastate the health care of 5.5 million of them.
Hector Villagra: The unmistakable truth is that separating children from their parents during a key developmental period will have grave effects on their mental and physical health.