John Peeler: This conservative agenda on immigration is part and parcel of the broader right-wing project of dismantling as much as possible of the New Deal and Great Society reforms of the 1930s and 1960s.
The State of Immigration in America
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Nidia Buatista: Immigration activists allege that the CBP’s lack of awareness of indigenous language and culture poses a challenge for adequate medical care and treatment for indigenous migrants from Mexico.
Robin Urevich: Immigrant-detainee suicides indicate that the Stewart Detention Center and ICE are out of step with a trend in corrections to keep seriously mentally ill people out of solitary confinement.
Alvaro Huerta: I’ll bet any Trump supporter 10,000 pesos that if the Mexican government won’t capture and kill these “imaginary terrorists,” the drug cartels and gangs will.
Matthew Johnson: A Trumpian “wall” already exists: the (abstract) wall that blocks many Americans from seeing migrants from Central America and Mexico as people just like them.
Alvaro Huerta: Unlike the millions of European immigrants who travelled across an entire ocean to settle in North America, Mexicans have always occupied this land or called it home until it was stolen from them by military force.
Tom Hastings: To compound Trump’s crisis, the government workers and contractors will likely soon not be able to keep any semblance of safety net in place because they are themselves furloughed
Tom Hastings: Trump was petrified and putrified. He had zero idea what he was saying, mouthing words, faking expressions, emphasizing incorrect syllables, and looking pinched and pained that he was being controlled.
John Peeler: He has a crisis that he invited, that he proudly offered to own, that inherently requires negotiation, and he cannot negotiate.
Nidia Bautista: In Tijuana, wait times for the asylum process are increasingly drawn out, exasperating migrants. Border patrol agents have turned away people who had hoped to present themselves for asylum.
Pedro Rios: Political posturing by the Trump Administration is dangerous because it sets a precedent that suggests militarization is an appropriate response to people seeking sanctuary.
Jim Lafferty: What we now have on our southern border is a humanitarian crisis of tragic proportions. It is a shameful commentary on U.S. immigration policy.
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”?