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Child asylum-seekers go into hiding before Dutch deportation September 8, 2018

By MIKE CORDER, THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Two Armenian children whose bid for asylum in the Netherlands has been rejected have gone into hiding on the day the Dutch government was expected to deport them, a spokesman said Saturday, in the latest twist in a case that has riveted this..

The Catholic Church in Resistance: Priests, Child Abuse, and Breaking the Seal of the Confessional June 21, 2018

The tradition is represented as noble, the confiding link between confessor and penitent, a bridge never to be broken, even under pain of death. Taken that way, the confessional is brandished as the Catholic Church’s great weapon against the wiles and predations of secular power. The State shall..

Welcome To Police-State America, Weary Traveler – OpEd June 9, 2018

My wife Joyce and I came home last week from a three-week trip to Manila in the Philippines, and to Hong Kong and Beijing in China. Even though Philippines President Rodrigo Dutarte has an ongoing program of murdering drug dealers on the streets, and China has a penchant for locking up critics of..

Trump pick for refugee bureau draws flak for anti-immigrant views May 26, 2018

President Donald Trump’s choice of an anti-immigration hard-liner to lead a State Department division overseeing refugees has alarmed top Democratic lawmakers as well as human rights activists. The White House announced this week that Trump had nominated Ronald Mortensen, a retired foreign..

US Immigration Officials Pull Plug on High-Tech ‘Extreme Vetting’ May 21, 2018

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped a controversial plan to monitor the social media activity of visa applicants and holders to gauge whether they would be “positively contributing member[s] of society.” According to reports, ICE has dropped the requirement to use machine..

Trump immigration policies rip children from parents and shred American values May 20, 2018

Evil is afoot in America. Along our southern border, to deter illegal immigration, children — including infants — are being wrenched from their parents. Few things are crueler, but it is the declared policy of the U.S. government, undertaken in all our names. “If you are smuggling a child,..

Trump’s tweets could sink efforts to end DACA, appeals court says May 16, 2018

Federal appeals court judges signaled Tuesday that President Trump’s tweets could sink his efforts to end the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty. The panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Mr. Trump’s prolific comments on immigration and the Deferred Action for..

How Trump is really changing immigration: Making it harder for people to come here legally May 14, 2018

A Trump supporter named John B. who emailed me recently wrote that, “No one is against legal immigration.” President Trump and his administration are, I replied. Yes, Trump still wants his big, beautiful wall to stop illegal border crossings. But he’s been railing against all forms of..

How Trump’s Immigration Curbs Hurt Frail Elders, Young People With Disabilities And Their Families May 10, 2018

The Trump Administration’s increasingly tough crackdown on immigrants threatens to worsen an already severe shortage of aides who care for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities. The shortage of direct care workers will affect those living at home as well as those receiving..

Trump drops a bombshell on immigration, and no one bothers to report it May 7, 2018

Perhaps it’s because the comment came on a Saturday, or perhaps it’s because less than 24 hours earlier he had suggested America’s top ally was suffering from mass knife attacks, but President Donald Trump this weekend very quietly dropped a bombshell. It came at a roundtable on tax reform..

Immigrants deserve to be respected May 7, 2018

After a few months of migration, the caravan of Latin American immigrants reached the southern border of the United States on seeking asylum, and I hope that all of them get in. Originally numbering in the thousands, the caravan has shrunk dramatically since it started to 150 to 300 people. Most..

Countering the Effects of Trump’s Immigration Policies in Schools May 3, 2018

When Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers raided a meatpacking plant in rural Tennessee on April 5, they arrested 97 workers in the largest workplace raid in a decade. One hundred and sixty children had a parent arrested in the raid. The following day, 550 children were absent from..

Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia’s Citizens May 3, 2018

The authoritarian misfits in the Turnbull government have again rumbled and uttered suspicions long held: Australian residents and citizens are not to be trusted, and the intelligence services should start getting busy in expanding their operations against the next Doomsday threat. This became..

Of migrants and their antecedents May 1, 2018

“Realists live with reality’s discomforts Fantasists with the mind’s deceits Realists inherit life’s hard hurts Fantasists their due receipts..” — From The Cry of the Dead Dodo by Bachchoo The heads of Commonwealth nations meet this week in London. They will, undoubtedly, discuss..

In an ancient story of exile, finding common ground with immigrants facing deportation April 16, 2018

Recently, Jews around the world celebrated the holiday of Passover, which commemorates the experience of our ancient ancestors who, according to our people’s sacred myth, spent more than 400 years in slavery. Our tradition teaches, “In every generation, a person must see him- or herself as if..

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