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.
The State of Immigration in America
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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.
Robin Urevich: Investigators also noted that half the nursing staff at Adelanto was inexperienced and untrained in conducting clinical assessments of patients.
Andrew Moss: Detention facilities across the country have been cited by both governmental agencies and advocacy groups for a wide range of human rights abuses, including physical and sexual assault, medical neglect, and poor food and unsanitary conditions.
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.
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.