The Borderline: 03/01–03/06

Bringing you the latest on immigration and border issues: Boston edition.

Stories from the Border
Mar 7 · 4 min read
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EDITORS’ NOTE

Hi everyone! This is the fourteenth edition of The Borderline, Stories from the Border’s weekly newsletter on immigration and border issues: Boston edition. This is our curated summary of what we’ve been reading and working on throughout the semester in Boston. Click through bolded portions to see the source articles we’re discussing!

This week, we learned that a new lawsuit has been filed against ICE for rigging its algorithm to keep immigrants detained. ICE uses a Risk Classification Assessment to determine whether a detained person is kept or released from detention. The algorithm, implemented in 2013, gives the option to “detain” or “release,” but the “release” option was removed when ICE changed the algorithm in 2015 and 2017. The New York Civil Liberties Union and Bronx Defenders filing the suit noted that when the algorithm changed, more apprehended immigrants were kept in detention that “coincided with a massive spike in arresting immigrants without criminal convictions who should have been more likely to qualify for release.”

We also saw the Supreme Court handling multiple cases regarding the Trump administration’s procedures for asylum seekers. In particular, the federal government, in challenging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a lower court’s overrule of its “remain in Mexico” program for asylum seekers waiting on their asylum cases, asks to keep asylum policy in place while it seeks Supreme Court review. The request keeps the policy in place until March 10 as the Court reviews the case this week.

In Boston, we also learned that the Boston Public Schools (BPS) district in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office announced a policy draft in response to the district allowing ICE access to student information. ICE has deported BPS students through access to student incident reports, and “more than 100 student incident reports had been shared with the Boston Regional Information Center,” which ICE has access to for law enforcement purposes. The drafted policy raises questions and concerns from community members on its clarity on whether ICE is permitted to have access to BPS student information.

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– Meena, Vivekae, and Jeromel

DEEP DIVES

We’re learning about the impact that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision on Remain in Mexico as asylum seekers at border see hopes raised then dashed. About the federal government’s response on the coronavirus (COVID-19) by imposing major restrictions at the US-Mexico border and the concern of xenophobia in its spread. About the 2020 elections and how most of the 23 million immigrants eligible to vote in 2020 election live in just five states, including border states of California and Texas.

WEEKLY ROUNDUP

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Stories from the Border

A multimedia storytelling initiative and journalistic platform to share migration stories from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and beyond, founded by Meena Venkataramanan and Vivekae Kim in the summer of 2019.

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A multimedia storytelling initiative and journalistic platform to share migration stories from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and beyond, founded by Meena Venkataramanan and Vivekae Kim in the summer of 2019.

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