The Borderline: 10/3–10/11
Bringing you the latest on immigration and border issues: Boston edition.
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.
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–Meena and Vivekae
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.
- U.S. migrant policy sends thousands of children, including babies, back to Mexico: How is the Remain in Mexico policy playing out along the U.S.-Mexico border ten months after its initial announcement?
- Kevin McAleenan resigns as Acting Homeland Security Secretary: To what extent was his verbal criticism of Trump’s immigration agenda a factor in his resignation?
- U.S.-Mexico border apprehensions fall again in September but remain high: To what extent has cooperation by Central American countries contributed to this decrease?
- While Trump cracked down on immigration, a Republican megadonor sued for a special visa: Amidst a federal crackdown on unauthorized immigration, how have H-1B visas become a Republican talking point?
- Trump order requires legal immigrants get health care coverage before entry into US: How has the Trump administration harnessed health care and coverage to hinder legal immigration and permanent residency?
- California law bans for-profit, private prisons, including immigration detention centers: How will the phasing out of for-profit immigration detention centers alter ICE’s operations and reshape vulnerable cities whose economies rely on the private corrections industry?
- Judge blocks Trump immigration rule, calls it ‘repugnant to American Dream’: What does the Trump administration’s crackdown on the rights entitled to documented immigrants indicate for future policy change?
- U.S. top court to weigh prohibition on encouraging illegal immigration: How could a ruling from the Supreme Court impact the way that the First Amendment is interpreted to encompass language that relates to immigration?
- Lawsuit alleges federal agents using marriage interviews as immigration trap: To what extent are the federal government’s enforcement policies impacting immigrants’ attempts to get green cards?
- Customs and Border Protection head says lack of funding is leading to low officer morale: To what extent is the emphasis on funding the border wall related to a decrease in funding for immigration enforcement?
- ‘Living Undocumented’ puts faces on families grappling with immigration system: How is the public narrative around being undocumented changing in the face of entertainment that showcases undocumented perspectives?
- Trump’s №1 obsession (no, it’s not impeachment): To what extent will Trump focus on immigration in 2020, especially in light of ongoing impeachment proceedings?
GREATER BOSTON AREA:
- Protesters rally on behalf of Cambodian immigrants in fear of deportation: How has the shift in ICE’s policy to no longer exempting classes of undocumented immigrants from potentiall enforcement led to the targeting of new immigrant groups?
- Boston jail to stop housing federal immigration detainees: How is the incarceration of other groups, impacting the policies of local jails across the country in regard to immigration detention?