The Borderline: 7/25–7/31
Bringing you the latest on immigration and border issues: Arizona edition.
This is the fifth edition of The Borderline, Stories from the Border’s weekly newsletter on immigration and border issues: Arizona edition. This is our curated summary of what we’ve been reading and working on during our summer reporting in Arizona.
This week, we learned that nearly 1,000 families have been separated since the official policy ending family separations at the border was ordered by President Trump and a federal judge ended the policy. The reasons for separation include a father failing to change his daughter’s diaper, a $5 property damage charge, and a speech impediment that prevented a father from answering Border Patrol’s questions clearly, according to court filings by the American Civil Liberties Union.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued an order preventing asylum seekers from claiming asylum based on their membership in a family that has been targeted by drug cartels or other criminal organizations. The ruling is said to contradict multiple federal court rulings that have acknowledged the family unit as a “particular social group” — one of the grounds for asylum.
This past week, we visited and spoke to migrants at the Kino Border Initiative’s Comedor in Nogales, Mexico in addition to attending a press ride-along with U.S. Border Patrol in the Tucson Sector.
Keep an eye out for Meena’s narrative piece on her trip to the Eloy Detention Center, where she spoke with an asylum seeker.
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–Meena and Vivekae
We’re learning from the stories of those driven by fear to attain U.S. citizenship. About Wisconsin swing voters’ views on immigration. About new details on the detention of an 18-year-old U.S. citizen. About how immigrants are preparing in light of expanded deportation powers. About why the Trump Administration’s policies do not act as a deterrent for some fleeing Central American migrants. About how a 9-year-old U.S. citizen was detained CBP for 32 hours. About the Trump Administration’s deal with Guatemala to establish a safe third country agreement.
- Dems abruptly pull border bill, avoiding intraparty fight: How has the Democratic Party changed its strategy to avoid intraparty tensions over immigration in the wake of tensions between four Democratic congresswomen and Speaker Nancy Pelosi?
- House Oversight Committee seeks documents related to secret CBP Facebook groups that ridiculed migrants: How does this represent a refusal by Rep. Elijah Cummings to back down on investigating the Trump administration despite recent attacks on him by President Trump?
- Immigration lawyers say Justice Dept. ruling could undercut thousands of asylum cases: What are the legal justifications that can be invoked to litigate this ruling, given the ways it conflicts with federal court decisions?
- Inspector paints rosy picture of immigration detention — in contrast to audits: To what extent does Nakamoto Group deliver inspection reports that are unsubstantiated or oversimplified?
- Trump officials tighten asylum rules, enlist foreign nations to deter migration: In what way does this represent a shift from the Trump administration’s past pursuit of bipartisan solutions with congressional Democrats?
- Attorney: Hunger-striking immigrants forced to hydrate: What are the legal justifications required for force-hydrating and force-feeding detained individuals?
- Trump administration considering ‘travel ban’ on Guatemalans after asylum snub: How would this jeopardize the ability of Guatemalan asylum-seekers already in the U.S. to receive asylum?
- ACLU: U.S. has taken nearly 1,000 child migrants from their parents since judge ordered stop to border separations: How many of them have been reunited?
- Judge lets asylum-seekers lawsuit to continue against Trump administration: What is the legal prognosis of the lawsuit to turn asylum-seekers back at the U.S.-Mexico border?
- In a victory for Trump, the Supreme Court frees up $2.5 billion for the border wall: What will community responses be to the construction of the border wall?
- Asylum advocates are wary of Senator Sinema’s ‘Operation Safe Return’: To what extent do Kyrsten Sinema’s immigration policies echo her platform as a centrist candidate — a platform that handed her an election victory?
- Immigration bonds getting more expensive in Arizona: How do bond amounts keep people in Arizona detention?
- Migrants overflowing El Paso Sector; Tucson steps in to help: How do the topographic differences between the El Paso Sector and Tucson Sector affect apprehension rates and migrant conditions upon apprehension?
- Report says ICE agents rarely target criminals; Phoenix area even worse: How will communities continue to respond to changing ICE enforcement
- DOJ settles with Phoenix bakery over immigration-related discrimination: To what extent does immigration-related employment discrimination exist in Phoenix?
- Julián Castro spars with Democratic front-runner Joe Biden during party’s second presidential debate: How will Democrats continue to orient themselves on criminalizing border crossing?