The Borderline: 11/2–11/8
Bringing you the latest on immigration and border issues: Boston edition.
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.
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– Meena and Vivekae
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.
- Smugglers are sawing through the border wall but officials say it’s not an issue: To what extent does this reveal the new steel bollard portions of the wall’s vulnerabilities?
- Trump administration weighs restricting asylum-seekers from working: To what extent could this deter asylum-seekers from coming to the United States in the first place?
- White House crafting policy to extend how long asylum-seekers are barred from working: How could this be used against asylum-seekers later in the asylum process?
- DHS issues environmental waivers for 65 miles of border wall in South Texas: In what ways are environmental and land use protections being waived in the construction of the border wall?
- US judge blocks Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants: How is Trump’s plan indicative of a broader pattern to move the U.S. toward a “merit-based” immigration system?
- U.S. Supreme Court mulls making it easier to deport immigrants for crimes: How could this indicate the possible convergence of civil deportation proceedings and criminal cases?
- All the president’s immigration lawsuits: To what extent is the president combining attacks on undocumented immigrants with attacks on those with documents?
GREATER BOSTON AREA:
- Boston Police had a one-man ‘task force’ that helped ICE track down immigrants, emails show: What does this revelation indicate about the role of local law enforcement nationally in immigration enforcement?
- Bernie Sanders says migrants who have spent 5 years in U.S. should get to stay: How would a President Sanders use executive power to change immigration policies created under the Trump administration?