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Trump Dreams Up Another Immigrant Crisis

Public safety, national security and the rule of law are among the incantations the Trump administration likes to chant when rolling out one of its deliberately and pointlessly cruel immigration policies. It evidently hopes that repetition will somehow insulate its actions from public or judicial scrutiny. President Trump’s newest proclamation, […]

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Trump Suspends Some Asylum Rights, Calling Illegal Immigration ‘a Crisis’

WASHINGTON — President Trump proclaimed on Friday that the illegal entry of immigrants across the southern border of the United States is detrimental to the national interest, triggering tough changes that will deny asylum to all migrants who do not enter through official border crossings. The proclamation, issued just moments […]

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Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cross Border Illegally From Seeking Asylum

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced new immigration rules on Thursday that give President Trump vast new authority to deny asylum to virtually any migrant who crosses the border illegally, invoking national security powers meant to protect the United States against threats from abroad. Officials declined to say who will […]

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Migrant Families Have Been Reunited. Now, a Scramble to Prevent Deportations.

“We had signals that was about to happen,” said Zachary Best, one of the lawyers. The reason that children have different prospects for asylum protection has to do with the way immigration authorities handled their cases when they were separated from their parents at the border. Under the “zero-tolerance” policy, anyone who illegally crossed the […]

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Closed for Business: Trump Administration Moves to Shrink Grounds for Asylum

Albert Einstein became one of the original poster children, literally, for refugee resettlement after he was banned, along with all Jews, from academic work in Germany. Mikhail Baryshnikov and other Russian ballet dancers followed decades later when they were famously offered protection from Soviet oppression in the United States and Canada. These cases were clear-cut […]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Fleeing Russia Crackdown, Seek Shelter in Finland

TURKU, Finland — Sergey Avilkin, one of the hundreds of Russians now sheltering in Finland to avoid arrest as “extremists” in their home country, has no interest in politics or politicians and says that he has always followed the biblical injunction to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” But Mr. Avilkin, a 42-year-old […]

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We Need to Offer More Than Asylum

The 1951 standards can be stretched to cover those who flee under such conditions. However, Mr. Sessions and European restrictionists deploy the letter of the law, no matter how outdated, as grounds for rejection. And at the same time, they abrogate the migrants’ right, enshrined in those same international agreements, to seek protection even if […]

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A Lesson in Demonizing Refugees

About 80 percent of the asylum seekers detained on Nauru and Manus are ultimately found to be refugees. But with no prospect of ever being allowed into Australia, hundreds decide to return to their countries of origin. Australia has sought other locations for resettlement, including Cambodia and the United States. Canberra has so far refused […]

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A Day in the Life of an Attorney at the Border

In the Italian film “Life is Beautiful,” a Jewish bookstore owner uses creative stunts to distract his child from the horrible reality of being held in a Nazi concentration camp. I was reminded of that movie recently, as I found myself part of an eerily similar heartbreaking moment. As lawyers with the Texas Civil Rights […]

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What Alec Baldwin Taught My Son About Political Activism

“Hold that sign high,” I told my son. And he did. He shouted “No Hate! No Fear! Immigrants are welcome here!” and “When families are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge as drivers honked their support. When we got to Cadman Plaza, Jacob played in […]

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Opinion: At 9 He Lost His Mom to Gang Violence. At 12 He Lost His Dad to Trump’s Immigration Policies.

“Undocumented children with representation are five times more likely to be successful in their cases, but the financial hardship these cases pose are often out of reach for low-income and undocumented families,” Jennifer K. Falcon, communications director for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services said. (The group, known as Raices, has […]

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Court Blocks Trump Administration From Blanket Detention of Asylum Seekers

In another blow to the Trump administration’s policies on immigration, a federal court on Monday blocked the systematic detention of migrants who have shown credible evidence that they were fleeing persecution in their home countries. In a sharply worded ruling, Judge James Boasberg of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia found that […]

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Parents and Children Remain Separated by Miles and Bureaucracy

Yeni González emerged into the warm evening air in Eloy, Ariz., her hair braided by the other women in the detention center. We’re braiding up all your strength, they had told her in Spanish. You can do it. Ms. González, who had been released on a bond, was meeting her lawyer on Thursday and would […]

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Mother Is Reunited With Her Child After Family Separation Practice Ends

CHICAGO — Lidia K. Souza arrived at a Chicago shelter on Thursday afternoon with one ecstatic mission in mind: to tell her 9-year-old son that the two of them — separated at the border nearly a month ago under the Trump administration’s tough new immigration enforcement policy — could leave together at last. But Diogo […]

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Rescue Ship Docks in Malta as 8 Nations Agree to Take Its Migrants

ROME — A rescue ship carrying more than 200 African migrants docked in Malta on Wednesday after eight European countries agreed to take them in, ending an impasse that had left the ship stranded in the Mediterranean for a week. The solution, coming one day before a European Union summit meeting in Brussels that will […]

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Why Do We Value Country Folk More Than City People?

Terrified children, shattered families and an archipelago of invisible gulags for the disappeared are not “the will of the people.” These horrors are the result of the disenfranchised metropolis and perverse, anti-majoritarian legislative rules, which have allowed a minority of mainly small-state representatives in one branch of Congress to stymie repeatedly the overwhelming popular desire […]

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Due Process for Undocumented Immigrants, Explained

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Twitter this weekend that undocumented immigrants were invaders who “must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases,” be sent home. Mr. Trump’s comments prompted criticism that he wanted the United States to strip immigrants and asylum seekers of due-process rights. He also appeared to ignore the fact that some […]

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The Law Did Not Create This Crisis, but Lawyers Will Help End It

President Trump’s recent executive order ending the unlawful and immoral policy of separating children from their parents advances another, equally lawless policy: prolonging the detention of families seeking asylum. In his June 20 order, Mr. Trump pinned the current crisis on bad law, specifically citing “Congress’s failure to act and court orders.” On Sunday, the […]

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The Littlest Don Quixotes Versus the World

On a bitter cold morning in early 2016, I was standing next to my 6-year-old daughter in front of the bathroom mirror. We were playing with face paint: yellow stripes, green dots, a blue spot here and there. At one point, my daughter dug her index finger into the little bucket of white paint, and, […]

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Why Are Parents Bringing Their Children on Treacherous Treks to the U.S. Border?

She said these migrant families choose the United States because they often have networks in the country already and know that there are many job opportunities. “There are push and pull factors. The push factors are the lack of economic opportunities and the security problems in their countries. It’s a mix of these conditions. The […]

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