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We tracked Trump’s immigration assault for 200+ weeks — what now?

A look back, what to expect next, and some exciting news about Migratory Notes.

Protesters at LAX, speak out against the travel ban. Photo by Konrad Fiedler

Travel Ban: ‘This is Working Out Very Nicely’

The so-called Muslim Ban went into effect at about 5 p.m. on the first Friday of Trump’s presidency. Chaos and confusion ensued. Travelers and protesters descended on American airports. In Africa, refugees who had been waiting their turn to enter the U.S. for years learned that they were no longer welcome. An army of lawyers were activated, who would relentlessly take on the Trump administration.

Department of Intimidation

Stephen Miller weaponized the Department of Homeland Security and sharpened the tactics and language of enforcement. ICE agents arrested immigrants at routine check-ins, courthouses, and while dropping off kids at school. Even Motel 6 was reporting undocumented guests to ICE.

White nationalists promptly seized upon Trump’s line “Americans are Dreamers too” in his 2018 State of the Union, tweeting it out with images of blond families.
An asylum seeker in Tijuana holds up her number in line. Photo by Monica Campbell
Mariee Juarez died shortly after being released from ICE custody in 2018. Her mother filed a wrongful death claim against the U.S. government. Photo via Arnold & Porter
The attacker who killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2019 issued a statement against HIAS, formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people.” Image credit: HIAS
The French artist JR installed this work on the Mexico side of the border.
A drummer at April 10’s #AZFreeThemAll protest in front of La Palma Prison’s ICE detention facility in Arizona. Photo by Ash Ponders, a member of Juntos Photo Coop.



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