Tag: Border Crisis

How Trump Created Chaos on the Border

On a weekday morning in early June, Ruben Garcia arrived at the Casa Oscar Romero building leased by Annunciation House, the hospitality center that he founded and that has served the indigent and immigrant community in El Paso, Texas, since 1978. He wore a striped button-down shirt and wire-rimmed glasses, his disheveled white hair loosely […]

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Inside Trump’s Border Chaos

On a weekday morning in early June, Ruben Garcia arrived at the Casa Oscar Romero building leased by Annunciation House, the hospitality center that he founded and that has served the indigent and immigrant community in El Paso, Texas, since 1978. He wore a striped button-down shirt and wire-rimmed glasses, his disheveled white hair loosely […]

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Open Borders Made America Great

For nearly three decades, American immigration policies have re-enforced the false notion that undocumented immigrants are dangerous criminals. From Bill Clinton’s militarization of the southern border in 1993 to the creation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after the 9/11 attacks—and now to Donald Trump’s detention of asylum seekers in concentration camps—Washington has normalized the […]

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White Mom’s Burden

Cindy McCain was buying sari cloth for her daughter from a “tiny wooden kiosk” in Kolkata, India, some years ago, she said, when she saw “little eyes” through the floorboards, peering up at her. The shopkeeper told her they belonged to members of his family, she recalled in an interview with a Phoenix radio program […]

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Trump’s Kick-Off Rally Showcases What the President Does Best

Donald Trump has re-launched a presidential campaign that never really ever landed. (Remember, the president filed to run for re-election the same day he was inaugurated.) Speaking for 80 minutes at an Orlando, Florida rally Tuesday, Trump again replayed 2016’s greatest hits. He ranted about Hillary Clinton’s emails: “Can you imagine if I got a subpoena for […]

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The State of Emergency

Among the many ways in which the Trump presidency has deranged our traditional understanding of the way the world works, there’s what might be termed the great ever-renewable metanarrative of Trumpism: the sense of perpetual hair-trigger emergency that now surrounds our executive branch and the siege-minded right wing of our politics generally. From the random […]

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Asylum Seekers Struggle to Navigate Trump’s Broken Border Policy

On a Saturday morning in early May, several dozen Central American migrants gathered on a stretch of concrete outside the El Chaparral border crossing, the main point of entry to the United States from Tijuana, Mexico. Most have brought suitcases, and despite the muggy weather, many come bundled in layers of their warmest clothing, just […]

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