Asylum, An Essential Lifeline
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
Asylum is very much in the news today. But despite how
much we're hearing about it, there is significant
misunderstanding about what asylum means and confusion
around recent changes to the U.S. asylum policy. The
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) has released a short
video to help people better understand asylum.
A guide for members of congress visiting ICE jails
Haddy Gassama, Heidi Altman and Tara Tidwell Cullen of
the National Immigrant Justice Center
Mary Small of the Detention Watch Network
You may not be planning to visit an ICE jail but if
politicians do, here's the protocol they should follow.
And when the politico appears on your news feed to
describe their visit and findings, you may be able to
separate the facts from the fiction in the rhetoric.
From Control to Crisis: U.S.-Mexico Border Enforcement
Randy Capps, Doris Meissner, Ariel G. Ruiz Soto, Jessica
Bolter, and Sara Pierce
Migration Policy Institute
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has issued a
research report on the changing trends and policies
reshaping U.S.-Mexico border enforcement. The report
covers the Southwest border's evolution, Central
American migration factors, U.S. policies, and MPI
recommendations and final thoughts.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators based in
Washington, DC has issued an Executive Summary noting
that international students can become America's
greatest foreign policy asset yet enrollment in U.S.
universities is dwindling. This is an economic and
foreign policy risk that America can't ignore.
The Long History of the U.S. Government asking americans
whether they are citizens
The New York Times (pay wall)
Asking American's if they are citizens, as the President
had proposed for the upcoming U.S. Census, is not the
first time the government has asked its citizens that
question. The motivation, the wording, and the sometimes
interesting survey results are outlined in Michael Wines
article for The New York Times.
What do states do to protect undocumented immigrants'
driver's license information
There is a wealth of personal data in various states'
Department of Motor Vehicles records and the release of
that information is particularly disconcerting to
undocumented immigrants (as it should be to every U.S.
citizen as well). In several states there are laws and
policies in place to restrict the federal government's
access to these identification databases.
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