Tag: Immigration and Emigration

Violence Drives a Swell in Mexican Migration

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — A crackdown on illegal immigration has sharply curbed the number of Central Americans and others trying to enter the United States. But Mexicans, who have not been bound by some of the same restrictions, have been showing up at the border in greater numbers, in many cases fleeing the escalating violence […]

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Splintered Isle: A Journey Through Brexit Britain

SHIREBROOK, England — There used to be a mine at the edge of this small town near the center of England. Now there is only a warehouse. The mine provided coal that powered the country. The warehouse stores tracksuits. The mine meant a job for life. The warehouse offers mostly temporary work for the lowest […]

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America Still Has a Story to Tell

We’re a hot mess, this bad-tempered country of ours. More than 40 percent of Republicans are slouching toward full-blown autocracy, favorably disposed, in one poll, toward a presidency unfettered by constitutional checks and balances. An even greater percentage of the party of Lincoln thinks Donald Trump is a better president than Lincoln. At the other […]

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Migrant Teen Lay for Hours in His Cell Before He Was Found Dead

Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez collapsed onto the concrete floor of his Border Patrol holding cell early one morning in May. He lay still, next to a toilet in his sweatshirt and jeans for four hours before his cellmate woke up and found him dead. Mr. Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old from Guatemala, had arrived in the […]

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Trump Administration Sued Over Social Media Screening for Visa Applicants

WASHINGTON — A pair of documentary film organizations sued the Trump administration on Thursday over its requirement that foreigners disclose their social media accounts — including pseudonymous ones — when they apply for visas. The lawsuit, which raises novel issues about privacy and surveillance in the social-media era, challenged a rule the State Department put […]

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Texas Judge Blocks Construction of Private Border Wall, for Now

A Texas judge granted a temporary restraining order this week to the opponents of a crowdfunded project to build part of President Trump’s border wall, siding with a butterfly conservancy that sued over its projected environmental impact. The legal standoff involves a three-mile stretch along the Rio Grande in Hidalgo County, where a hard-line immigration […]

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I Almost Lost My Career Because I Had the Wrong Passport

The call came on a Friday. When it came, I thought my boss was going to congratulate me for winning a research prize just announced that morning. Instead, she told me I would be contacted shortly by the Danish police; the university had just learned I was facing criminal charges for violating my work and […]

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How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Carry Out Its Immigration Policies

This article is copublished with ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative newsroom. Just days after he took office in 2017, President Trump set out to make good on his campaign pledge to halt illegal immigration. In a pair of executive orders, he ordered “all legally available resources” to be shifted to border detention facilities, and called for […]

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Abolish Immigration Prisons

Near Denver, migrants are locked inside a prison tucked into an industrial quarter. To the southwest, in the vast space between Phoenix and Tucson, they are surrounded by barbed wire in facilities that seem to rise right out of the Sonoran Desert. Imprisoning migrants this way is lucrative for prison corporations and politicians, and it’s […]

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Who Are America’s Undocumented Immigrants? You Might Not Recognize Them.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Eddie Oh, an industrial engineer, lost his job during the financial crisis that gripped South Korea in 1998. With no prospects, he scrounged together his savings to pay his family’s airfare to California. They were going on vacation, he told the United States embassy, which issued six-month visitor visas for the family. […]

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Witness in Hard Rock Hotel Collapse Is Deported

A construction worker who became a witness in a federal workplace safety investigation after he was injured during the collapse of a new Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans was deported by the immigration authorities on Friday, his lawyers said. The worker, Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, had to scramble to stay alive while metal and […]

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Why I Left ‘Knives Out’ With Emotional Whiplash

In “Knives Out,” the writer and director Rian Johnson pays tribute to Agatha Christie and “Clue” in a star-studded whodunit that begins with the mysterious death of the wealthy author and patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). Almost every one of his heirs falls under the suspicion of the private investigator Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) at […]

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He Spat on a Man From Ukraine. Now He Has to Write About the Immigrant Experience.

When the manager of a car dealership, a Ukrainian immigrant, asked a 37-year-old man to clean up his trash, the man spit in the manager’s face, told him to go back to his own country and threatened to cut him with a box cutter. Now that man, Harold Eugene Denson III, of Portland, Ore., will […]

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How the U.S.-Iran Conflict Separated Me From My Dying Father

One evening in May I got a call from my 83-year-old father in Iran. He was suffering from delirium and being treated at an excellent hospital in Lavasan, an upscale suburb in northern Tehran. “The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has infiltrated the I.C.U. — they’re going to execute me!” he said. “Call your congressman! You […]

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Day After Debate, Biden and Warren Face Protesters at Events

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and an immigrants’ rights activist on Thursday engaged in an unusually extended clash over Obama-era deportation policies in an exchange that turned sharply confrontational. For more than six minutes in a palpably tense gym here during a town hall-style event at Lander University, Mr. Biden […]

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Border Patrol Agent Who Hit Migrant With Truck Is Sentenced to Probation

TUCSON, Ariz. — A former Border Patrol agent who hit a fleeing Guatemalan migrant with his truck in 2017 — and who, more than two weeks before the encounter, referred to immigrants in a text message as “subhuman” and “mindless murdering savages” — was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation. The agent, Matthew Bowen, […]

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Older Whites, Younger Latinos: One City’s Changes Mirror the Nation’s

YAKIMA, Wash. — Dulce Gutiérrez heard the angry voice as she was speaking in Spanish to a group of students who had volunteered to hand out leaflets for her City Council campaign. It came from across the street, where an older white woman stood on her front porch. Ms. Gutiérrez had endured the taunt before, […]

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Stephen Miller Is a White Nationalist. Does It Matter?

In August 2018, Darren Beattie, a White House speechwriter and policy aide, was fired after CNN revealed that he’d spoken at a 2016 conference alongside several white nationalists, including contributors to the website VDARE. Later that month, Ian M. Smith, a policy analyst working on immigration at the Department of Homeland Security, resigned after The […]

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Empty Businesses and Tough Times at the Other Border

MASSENA, N.Y. — Those who know Steven Nadeau, a restaurant owner in this town near the Canadian border, like to joke that his place is internationally renowned. A decade ago, the crispy wings and deep dish pizza were so popular among his northern neighbors that he bought a second cash box for Canadian dollars. But […]

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The White Nationalist Websites Cited by Stephen Miller

WASHINGTON — Peter Brimelow, the founder of the anti-immigration website VDARE, believes that diversity has weakened the United States, and that the increase in Spanish speakers is a “ferocious attack on the living standards of the American working class.” Jared Taylor, the editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance, is a self-described “white advocate” […]

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Turkey’s Deportations Force Europe to Face Its ISIS Militants

PARIS — As Turkey followed through on its threat to release more Islamic State detainees last week, Western European nations were confronted with a problem they had long sought to avoid: what to do about the potential return of radicalized, often battle-hardened Europeans to countries that absolutely do not want them back. Faced with fierce […]

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