The Borderline: 10/3–10/11

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

The Kino Border Initiative’s “El Comedor” migrant dining room near the border in Nogales, Mexico. (Photo Credit: Britney Vongdara)

EDITORS’ NOTE

Hi everyone! This is the tenth 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.

This week, we learned that three federal judges across the country issued injunctions against the Trump administration’s ‘public charge’ rule, which would have prevented immigrants who rely on government health programs and benefits such as Medicaid from receiving green cards. Another federal judge ruled against the Trump administration’s plan to use military funds to build the border wall.

We also kept our eyes on the targeting of Cambodian immigrants by ICE agents in Massachusetts, in addition to learning on Friday that Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan has resigned. McAleenan — despite upholding Trump’s vision and policies for immigration enforcement — had expressed reservations with the Trump administration’s immigration agenda in public interviews.

Keep an eye out for upcoming stories from our fieldwork this summer and current reporting from what we’re seeing in the Boston area.

To stay updated, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @borderstoriesAZ.

–Meena and Vivekae

DEEP DIVES

We’re learning more about how the Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from migrants in DHS custody. About how the Trump administration’s recent refugee acceptance limit of 18,000 refugees might exclude many who have already passed resettlement interviews and have been approved for travel. About how immigration law forms a body of public policy that routinely falls outside the purview of constitutional standards afforded to other areas of law. About the future of the safe-third-country agreements. About how cases of administrative closures which protected immigrants from removal proceedings are being reopened under the Trump administration. About how a senior Border Patrol agent has been charged with sexually assaulting another agent, raising questions about how female agents are treated within Border Patrol. About how a Cameroonian man’s death in ICE custody is being condemned by black immigrants rights organizations. About how drone surveillance activity at the U.S.-Mexico border has expanded, encroaching on nearby cities.

WEEKLY ROUNDUP

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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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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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