The Borderline: 11/2–11/8

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

A sign informing asylum-seekers of how to access their immigration court hearing information is taped onto a door at the Casa Alitas migrant shelter in Tucson, Ariz. (Photo Credit: Meena Venkataramanan)

EDITORS’ NOTE

Hi everyone! This is the thirteenth 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.

We’re back from a brief autumn break, and this week, we learned that the Trump administration is exploring ways to prevent asylum-seekers from seeking work in the U.S. while awaiting the processing of their asylum claims — which eventually could deter them from coming to the United States in the first place. This includes extending the wait period — currently at 150 days after they file their asylum applications — for asylum-seekers to file for work authorization, or prohibiting asylum-seekers from working while awaiting the processing of their claims, period.

We also learned that Tucson — the city Meena calls home and where Vivekae and Meena both spent this past summer — rejected its sanctuary city ballot initiative. The ballot initiative was controversial among immigrant rights’ advocates and voters, and around 71 percent of voters rejected the initiative.

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

– Meena and Vivekae

DEEP DIVES

We’re learning more about the role of U.S. citizens in immigration smuggling operations. About how more non-Mexican migrants are being apprehended in San Diego when compared to other fiscal years. About new research from the Pew Research Center about how more migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border than any other fiscal year since 2007. About the role of body cameras in CBP’s interest in facial recognition technology. About how exactly the Trump Administration has changed the U.S. asylum system. About how the number of vacancies and “acting” officials within DHS leadership are affecting immigration policy. About how Tucson voters rejected establishing sanctuary status for the city.

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A multimedia storytelling initiative and journalistic platform to share diverse stories from the Arizona-Mexico border region 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 diverse stories from the Arizona-Mexico border region founded by Meena Venkataramanan and Vivekae Kim in the summer of 2019.

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