David A. Love: Primarily African developing nations take in 80 percent of the global refugee population, which strains these countries’ health care and water systems. Trump’s decision to cut aid to African nations, particularly those with large numbers of refugees, may exacerbate the world refugee crisis by fueling the conflicts that make migration necessary.
The State of Immigration in America
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Unai Montes-Irueste: I weep for the children, ripped from their parents. I even weep for the children who get to remain with their parents, because they too only see cages.
Robert Koehler: This country — the one defined by “actual Americans” endlessly needing to defend themselves against some lesser aspect of humanity — is not the country I believe in, but it’s the one I live in, at least for the moment.
Gretchen Kelly: What kind of nation wraps itself in patriotic merrymaking while simultaneously locking children in cages? What kind of country celebrates it’s freedom while for-profit camps make bank off of the bodies of vulnerable people?
Robert Koehler: The parallels are so naked, so obvious: When you define particular people as the enemy and arm yourself against them, you also dehumanize them.
Robert Reich: Nancy Pelosi caved – accepting a bill her House majority had no hand in writing – and the House passed the Senate version, with 129 Democrats supporting it.
Robert Koehler: There’s a hell of a lot of history this country has not yet faced, but the Trump administration, with its blatant disregard for political correctness, is making it front-page news.
Scott Doyle: As ICE coldly puts it on their website, they view local law enforcement as “force multipliers.” Both ICE and Border Patrol enlist police and sheriff deputies as de facto immigration agents through an array of strategies.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Nowhere is the risk of undercounting immigrant residents higher than in California, whose immigrant population is nearly twice the national average.
Bill Blum: he idea for reinstating the citizenship question came from discussions including White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both of whom have long histories as proponents of anti-immigrant policies.
Nidia Bautista: Orlando Zepeda and Evelyn Hernandez are immigrant activists. Neither has a backup plan in case TPS isn’t renewed next year, other than “to keep fighting until we have permanent residency.”
Ted Vaill: I refuse to allow someone whose ancestors recently arrived on this continent take advantage of what it had to offer to destroy what my ancestors have worked so hard to establish.
Tom Hall: It wasn’t merely her lying, but the way she seemed almost gleeful in contradicting documentary records and even statements on her own Department’s website. She seemed to revel in mimicking the Donald’s style of flagrant lying.