Tag: immigration and customs enforcement

DOJ Rule Gives Green Light to Collect DNA from Asylum-Seekers and Detained Migrants

The Department of Justice released an amended regulation on Monday that allows the Trump administration to lay the groundwork for a sweeping new policy requiring DNA collection for nearly all migrants who are held temporarily or for an extended period of time in federal immigration custody, so that information can be loaded into an FBI […]

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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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Deporting Harvard Students Was Always the Goal

For Ismail Ajjawi, this should be orientation week. A Palestinian student living in Lebanon, Ajjawi was awarded a scholarship to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts by AMIDEAST, a non-profit organization founded in 1951 with the goal of providing cross-cultural and educational opportunities for those in the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States. But […]

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ICE Said to Have Shut Down an Immigrant Hotline After Orange Is the New Black Featured It in an Episode

Protesters march to offices of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 13, 2019, to call for an end to criminalization, detention and deportation of migrants. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo (Getty) In what seems to be a case of life imitating art, Donald Trump style, immigration advocates charge the Trump administration deactivated a lawyer hotline […]

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ICE Just Renewed Its Contract With Palantir

Immigration and Customs Enforcement just renewed its contract with Palantir, a data aggregation company, despite protests from organizers demanding that the agency ends its relationship with the company, according to a document published to a government contract database Monday. Since 2014, Palantir has provided the software that powers ICE’s Investigative Case Management System, which has […]

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Shock Corridor

As reports exposing the shockingly brutal conditions at immigrant detention centers have drawn comparisons to ethnic detention compounds under authoritarian regimes, it becomes ever more pressing for the country’s vast immigration bureaucracy to lean on whatever prestige it can muster at the height of the Trump border crackdown. And like everything else connected with this […]

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ICE’s Raids Were a Win for Corporate Exploitation

In Canton, Mississippi, where they account for only 5 percent of the population, Latinos were often seen but not heard. Their children would translate for them at parent-teacher conferences, as generations of kids have done for their immigrant parents.  That changed last week, as a sweeping immigration raid of seven poultry plants swept up 680 […]

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After Record-Setting ICE Raid in Mississippi, Migrant Children Face the Horror of Living Without Their Parents

11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio speaks to reporters after learning that her father has been detained by ICE agents.Screenshot: Dallas Urban (YouTube) After nearly 700 immigrants were detained by ICE agents on Wednesday during a series of strategic raids, an ugly situation in Morton, Miss., became even more gruesome as children, some as young as toddlers, […]

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DHS Officials Say Massive Deportation Raids Will Start This Weekend; More than 2,000 Undocumented Immigrants, Including Families, Targeted

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers prepare for morning raids to arrest undocumented immigrants on April 11, 2018 in New York City.Photo: John Moore (Getty Images) Department of Homeland Security officials have told the New York Times that mass arrests of undocumented immigrants will hit at least 10 U.S. cities on Sunday. The Donald Trump-sanctioned […]

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Melania Trump and the Hypocrisy of White American Motherhood

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Over the last few years, much of the conversation around Melania Trump has hinged on her foreignness—both in the literal sense, and in the ways she breaks from White House traditions: She’s a former lingerie model, the first first lady in more than two centuries to be born outside of […]

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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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ICE Raids to Deport Migrant Families Set to Begin Sunday in 10 US Cities

A man calls for the shutdown of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency during a march May 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. ICE authorities are expected to conduct a major crackdown on immigrants in Los Angeles and in major cities across the nation, beginning Sunday, June 23, 2019.Photo: David McNew (Getty) Despite reported misgivings […]

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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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