Tag: Illegal Immigration

A Town of Immigrant Farm Workers Says No to an ICE Detention Center

McFARLAND, Calif. — As an undocumented immigrant, Maribel Ramirez does not officially have a say in the affairs of the small agricultural town in California’s Central Valley that she has called home for 20 years. But late into the night on Tuesday, she stood with hundreds of field workers and other residents outside McFarland’s City […]

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Trump Targets New York Again, This Time Over Car Exports

Several times a month, ships loaded with used cars leave ports around New York, bound for sale in the Caribbean, West Africa and the Middle East. It is a bustling business that starts with car dealerships and involves auction companies, exporters, freight carriers and shipping lines. Tens of thousands of cars make their way overseas […]

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Would the U.S. Save My Life Today?

My family has been running from danger for nearly 100 years. The Nazarios are refugees; their remnants have scattered around the world to survive. My Jewish mother fled Poland in 1933. My Christian father fled Syria two years earlier. They met and married in Argentina, whose right-wing dictatorship imprisoned and almost killed my sister. By […]

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With Libya Still at War, E.U. Agrees to Try Blocking Weapons Flow

BRUSSELS — The European Union agreed on Monday to launch a new naval and air mission to stop more arms reaching the warring factions in Libya, overcoming initial objections from Austria and Hungary, which feared the mission might encourage more migrants to try to come to Europe. The decision by foreign ministers was a victory […]

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The President Takes a Campaign Donation From the Pentagon

That “big, beautiful wall” President Trump never tires of carrying on about is becoming one of the most expensive campaign stunts ever. It is a potentially unconstitutional one as well, as the Defense Department prepares to divert more billions of dollars authorized by Congress from a variety of weapons programs to generate bragging rights for […]

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The Supreme Court in the Mean Season

The Freudian concept of psychological projection refers to the behavior of people who, unable to acknowledge their own weaknesses, ascribe those same failings to others. President Trump provides a striking example in his multiple post-impeachment rants calling those who sought his removal “vicious” and “mean.” His choice of the word “mean” caught my attention, because […]

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This Lawmaker Wants to Remove the Words ‘Illegal Alien’ From the Law

Susan Lontine, a Democratic state representative in Colorado, knows well how some use the term “illegal alien” to disparage migrants. Her district in Denver contains many immigrant communities, and she recoils when she hears President Trump use the term in speeches or catches conservative colleagues uttering it in Statehouse hallways. What Ms. Lontine did not […]

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An ICE Officer Shot a Man in the Face. Who Is to Blame?

Gaspar Avendaño Hernández left his home in Brooklyn early last Thursday to go to his construction job. But Mr. Avendaño, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who had previously been deported in 2011 after pleading guilty to an assault charge only to return, did not get far. He was confronted outside his house by federal immigration officers […]

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Justice Dept. Sues Over Sanctuary Laws in California, N.J. and Seattle

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has sued local and state governments in California, New Jersey and Washington State as part of a “significant escalation” in the Trump administration’s fight against so-called sanctuary laws aimed at limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities, Attorney General William P. Barr said on Monday. “These policies are not about people […]

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Meet the Latinos Trying to Get Latinos to the Polls

A record 32 million Latinos are projected to be eligible to vote this November, putting them on track to become the largest minority voting bloc. They are far from single-issue voters, with education, health care, jobs, the economy and immigration all ranking as top concerns. Democrats are still figuring out how to get Latinos in […]

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Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget That Will Include More Border Wall Funding

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to ask Congress for billions of additional dollars for his wall along the southern border and more immigration enforcement resources as part of his official budget proposal that is set to be released on Monday. The White House is expected to propose a $4.8 billion budget for fiscal 2021, […]

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The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans

“When the government tracks the location of a cellphone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user,” wrote John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, in a 2018 ruling that prevented the government from obtaining location data from cellphone towers without a warrant. “We […]

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Why Matteo Salvini Wouldn’t Mind Being Prosecuted

ROME — Matteo Salvini can hardly believe his good fortune. He’s facing prosecution. In another country, that might spell trouble for a politician like Mr. Salvini, Italy’s nationalist leader. But Mr. Salvini is being pursued for turning away rescued migrants when he was interior minister, by southern prosecutors who have called it an abuse of […]

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Trump Administration Freezes Global Entry Enrollment in New York Over Immigration Law

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security temporarily barred New Yorkers on Wednesday from enrolling in Global Entry and similar programs that allow travelers to speed through borders and airport lines, escalating a conflict between the Trump administration and the state over a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Chad Wolf, the […]

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Judge Reverses Convictions of Activists Who Left Water for Migrants

Four women who drove into a forbidding desert and left food and water for migrants crossing illegally into the United States were following their religious beliefs, not violating federal laws, a federal judge has ruled, reversing their criminal convictions. Judge Rosemary Márquez of the United District Court in Arizona decided last week in favor of […]

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Trump Posts Another ‘Keep Out’ Sign for Immigrants

On Friday, with Americans focused on President Trump’s impeachment trial, the coronavirus and the upcoming Iowa caucuses, the Trump administration announced it was adding six more countries to the list of those whose citizens face travel restrictions to the United States. The given reason was that those nations were not sufficiently screening people who sought […]

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Asylum Seekers Find a New Route to Europe, Flowing Into a Divided Cyprus

KOFINOU, Cyprus — Clasping his student visa, Clinton Yebga boarded a Turkish Airlines flight in his native Cameroon, switched planes in Istanbul and landed without trouble in northern Cyprus. But instead of heading to his university in the Turkish-controlled north, he made his way to the so-called green line — a nominal barrier that divides […]

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Mexico Breaks Up a Migrant Caravan, Pleasing White House

MEXICO CITY — For generations, Mexico served as a relatively open thruway for undocumented migrants traveling to the United States. Tens of thousands crossed the country every year, mostly unimpeded by the Mexican authorities. But the Mexican government’s new hard-line posture on migration entered a new phase this week with its iron-fisted response to a […]

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Europe’s Migration Crisis Has Ebbed. Croatia Wants to Keep It That Way.

GLINICA, Bosnia and Herzegovina — The hills on the Bosnian-Croatian border have not been a battleground since the end of the Bosnian war, a quarter-century ago. But to some farmers in remote parts of the Bosnian side, it sometimes still resembles a conflict zone. By night, they hear the screams. By day, they can see […]

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Why Trump Persists

The failure of the American electorate to rise up in opposition to President Trump — whose outrages are well-documented — suggests that voters are less tolerant, less empathetic and less insistent on integrity than many believe. The election of Trump and his first three years in office have revealed a nation deeply ambivalent about immigration, […]

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The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’

Ten years have passed since my book, “The New Jim Crow,” was published. I wrote it to challenge our nation to reckon with the recurring cycles of racial reform, retrenchment and rebirth of caste-like systems that have defined our racial history since slavery. It has been an astonishing decade. Everything and nothing has changed. When […]

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