The Borderline: 9/19–9/25
Bringing you the latest on immigration and border issues: Boston edition.
Hi everyone! This is the eighth 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 President Trump has negotiated a deal with El Salvador’s federal government to support the United States’s hard-line immigration policies. This follows a deal recently negotiated with the Honduran government to prevent asylum-seekers traveling through the country to reach the United States.
We also learned that the Department of Homeland Security intends to end the ‘catch-and-release’ immigration policy, preventing immigrant families apprehended by Border Patrol agents at the border from entering the United States. If they are asylum-seekers, they will be sent to Mexico under the Remain in Mexico policy, according to Acting DHS Chief Kevin McAleenan.
This semester, we’ll continue to report and publish content on Stories from the Border, while working to establish partnerships with existing legal and social service networks in the Cambridge area as part of a couple of upcoming projects.
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–Meena and Vivekae
We’re learning more about the perilous journeys of migrants and the government’s response. About how U.S. border enforcement policy is exported around the world. About how America’s detention system developed over 40 years into a multi-billion dollar industry. About how executive action is changing the U.S. asylum system. About how some Americans are providing shelter for asylum-seekers and refugees in their own homes. About how around 1,000 children have been separated from their families since the separation policy was declared over. About the experience of African migrants who seek life in America, yet are currently in Mexico. About new allegations against private detention companies for providing inadequate healthcare to LGBTQ migrants. About how the Remain in Mexico policy might be harming asylum-seekers’ ability to make their court dates.
- Migrant dad separated from his 3-year-old son for 6 months over DNA test: What does this story of a father-son separation tell us about the lasting impacts on the family separations that continue?
- Border Patrol agents, rather than asylum officers, interviewing families for ‘credible fear’: How will this shift in enforcement responsibility change the asylum-seeking process in light of the Trump Administration’s moves to make asylum claims more difficult to attain?
- U.S. says it will help El Salvador handle more asylum seekers: What concrete steps will the U.S. government take to help build El Salvador’s asylum system?
- Trump Administration to end ‘catch and release’ immigration policy, says DHS chief: How will this policy change impact the conditions for migrants who will be sent to wait in Mexico?
- The Trump administration just inked another deal making it harder to claim asylum in the US: What does this latest deal with Honduras signal about the Trump Administration’s attempt to limit migration from Central America?
- Federal judge keeps alive Baltimore’s bid to prove Trump’s ‘racial animus’ shapes immigration policy: What are the prospects of success in suing a sitting president over policy matters?
- Judge plans to dismiss case on wages of immigrant detainees: To what extent are federal judges influenced by the executive branch in reversing their decisions?
- Trump tours border barrier as part of a show of force on immigration ahead of reelection campaign: To what extent could immigration play a role in Trump’s reelection bid?
- Senate Republicans OK $5 billion for Trump’s border wall: How could the filibuster be invoked to stall the advance of this bill?
- Border Patrol’s September on the Rio Grande: Bodies, cartel lookouts, footprints in the mud. And fewer migrants.: How has Border Patrol’s technology developed relative to a decrease in the number of migrants crossing the border?
- A rare bipartisan agreement on immigration reform has tanked in the Senate: How have internal GOP divisions stalled progress on immigration legislation?
- Trump visits border wall, hoping to burnish his campaign: To what extent will immigration become a more salient talking point from the Trump camp under the looming cloud of impeachment?
GREATER BOSTON AREA:
- Harvard international students report visa delays under Trump administration: How has Trump administration policy regarding reviewing social media accounts impacted Harvard international students?
- Mass. immigration groups sue Trump Administration over fast-tracked deportations: How will this local push against the expansion of “expedited removal” play out in the courts?