David Bacon: ICE contended that forcing Contra Costa County to divest from cooperation in immigrant detention would harm the detainees — an argument similar to those heard during the fight for divestment from apartheid in South Africa.
The State of Immigration in America
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Robert Koehler: No doubt much to their surprise, the bureaucrats in the departments of Justice and Homeland Security set off what can only be called an alarm of violated principle: Ripping families apart is a moral horror.
Jack Gil: The strength of Europe’s far-right can be seen most clearly by their destabilizing effect on the EU’s longest-serving leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Steve Hochstadt: Donald Trump began his campaign by insulting Mexicans and promising to ban Muslims. He is leading the reversal of American openness and a return to our earlier racially-based immigration.
David Bacon: Critics of H-2A visas have two chief complaints: First, that workers in the program are exploited and often cheated, and second, that resident farm workers are displaced by growers who see H-2A workers as easier to control, and potentially less expensive.
John Peeler: Ironically, if Trump were serious about stopping them, he could do it a lot more cheaply and effectively by promoting economic development in these countries to raise their standard of living
Robin Urevich: In a rush to create detention space, ICE has used opaque noncompetitive contracts called Intergovernmental Service Agreements to quickly bring beds online. A result has been the government’s inability to impose accountability standards on its sprawling immigrant-prison system.
Harvey Wasserman: Court approves fascist assault on Buddhists, Muslims, Cahtolics, Jews, Japanese Americans, whomever.
Caroline Heldman: Trump’s presidency, but especially his child separation policy, draws a clear line of decency in the sand. Decent people don’t think it’s okay to rip children from their parents.
Brent Budowsky: God bless her morality, her integrity, her honor, her compassion, her decency and her patriotism for speaking out with clarity, honor and truth against this policy that must end.
Anastasia Bernoulli: We all need to realize that every one of us has more in common with any given one of these immigrants than we do with the elites who are having them put into cages.
Dan Embree: Suffer the little children to come unto me. That wasn’t George Washington talking, and sure as Hell not Donald J. Trump. It was Jesus. Go unto him in your own damned country.
Lance Simmens: Where is the integrity, the honesty, the intestinal fortitude of individuals to simply refuse to do things they know are wrong? You will not be spared from the ridicule and disdain of your refusal as you face your own children. Shame on you.