The Borderline: 9/26–10/2
Bringing you the latest on immigration and border issues: Boston edition.
Hi everyone! This is the ninth 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 a trio of court decisions put limitations on the Trump Administration’s attempts to change immigration enforcement: one blocked the Administration’s attempt to end the 20-day time limit for detaining children in adult facilities, another prevented fast-track deportations, and the last ruling restricted how ICE can request assistance from local police in detaining immigrants.
We also gained a glance inside Trump’s deliberations on shutting down the border last spring. And right in our own backyards, Cambodian refugees are being targeted for deportation in Massachusetts. Thus far, at least 10 refugees have received deportation notices.
Keep an eye out for Vivekae’s forthcoming piece about how Cambodian refugees are receiving deportation orders in the Boston area, and across the country in a new ICE crackdown.
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–Vivekae and Meena
We’re learning more about this past year’s declining U.S. immigration rates. About children’s experiences crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. About Mexican migrants waiting to cross the border. About Acting DHS Chief Kevin McAleenan’s candid perspectives on the government department he runs. About Selena Gomez’s take on the humanitarian crisis at the border. About changes regarding compliance between Florida cops and elected officials and ICE. About errors in the ‘public charge’ rule the Trump administration is pushing. About African migrants who are trapped in Mexico. About 25 years of Operation Gatekeeper at the San Diego border. About banks refusing to fund the private prison industry, including privately-run immigration detention centers. About the conditions pregnant women face due to the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.
- Trump’s agreements in Central America could dismantle the asylum system as we know it: While the Trump Administration issued a rule in July to restrict people from claiming asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border if they had passed through another country, what significance do these individual deals with countries have for U.S. asylum policy overall?
- DHS signs deal to send asylum-seekers from U.S. border to Honduras: In what way are these “asylum cooperation agreements” exporting U.S. borders to other nations? To what extent is the U.S. leveraging the status of nationals of these respective countries — Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — within the U.S. to create these agreements?
- Trump slashes refugee cap to 18,000, curtailing U.S. role as haven: To what extent is the U.S. using claims of an overwhelmed asylum system to change its role in accepting refugees?
- Far more immigration cases are being prosecuted criminally under Trump administration: How are specific Trump Administration’s policies contributing to changing trends in criminal prosecution of immigration cases?
- U.S. judge blocks Trump rule on migrant child detention: What does this ruling indicate for the future of the Flores Settlement Agreement?
- Trump’s immigration agenda had a bad day in court: How will the Trump Administration respond to these limitations on their enforcement policies?
- California sues U.S. for tying grants to immigration enforcement: How will California’s claim against the federal government influence, if at all, the actions of other states to investigate whether federal grants are being used for new immigration enforcement procedures?
- U.S. Supreme Court to hear case of boy killed at U.S. Mexico border: Will this case highlight the lethal force used by the U.S. government in the borderlands?
- Shoot migrants’ legs, build alligator moat: behind Trump’s ideas for border: How have Trump’s advisers responded to his border ideas, and to what extent has impeachment overshadowed Trump’s border rhetoric?
- Indian hunger striker released from immigration detention in Texas: What is prompting the increase in Indian asylum-seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border?
- 2nd Indian hunger-striker released from immigration custody: To what extent have hunger strikes by Indian nationals been effective in the past?
- Stephen Miller: H-1B visa bill won’t pass ‘anytime soon’: How have Trump’s hard-line advisers resisted bipartisan immigration reform for skilled workers?
GREATER BOSTON AREA:
- Protesters rally against deporting Cambodians with past convictions: How has the Trump administration silently ramped up efforts to deport Cambodian refugees who have lived in the U.S. for decades?
- Harvard police investigate ‘hateful’ attack against faculty member: How have surges in anti-immigrant rhetoric nationwide reverberated on Harvard’s campus?