The Borderline: 9/19–9/25

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

The Sonoran Desert in Arizona, near the U.S.-Mexico border (Photo Credit: Kai McNamee).

EDITORS’ NOTE

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.

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

–Meena and Vivekae

DEEP DIVES

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.

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Stories from the Border

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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Stories from the Border

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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