11/21/19, ENS: Mississippi churches continue support for families impacted by ICE raids

11/21/19, WBUR: Why Some Boston Doctors Are Taking Up Immigration Advocacy

11/21/19, NBC News: Email shows Trump admin plans to expand ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy for asylum seekers to Arizona border

11/21/19, CBS News: Hardliners gain key posts at Trump’s citizenship and immigration services agency

11/21/19, PBS NewsHour: First Honduran returned to Guatemala under U.S. asylum accord

11/21/19, NBC News: The ultimate threat for deported U.S. veterans? Drug cartels, new documentary says

11/20/19, CNN: Why one group is paying $2.1 million to free about 200 detained immigrants

11/20/19, Newsweek: Trump Administration Ignored Offer of Free Flu Clinic for Migrants Despite Child Deaths, Physicians Say

11/20/19, Missoulian: Missoula refugee resettlement agency wades through Trump order

11/20/19, The Guardian: Greece to replace island refugee camps with ‘detention centres’

11/20/19, USA Today: Jury acquits Arizona border volunteer Scott Warren of harboring immigrants

11/19/19, New York Times: The Divide in Yakima Is the Divide in America

11/19/19, CNN: Asylum limits won’t apply to migrants at US border before mid-July, judge rules

11/19/19, AP: North Dakota Gov. Burgum embraces Trump refugee order

11/19/19, Roll Call: ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy faces internal critiques at House hearing

11/18/19, New York Times: Empty Businesses and Tough Times at the Other Border

11/16/19, Sky-Hi News: Granby deacon’s mission trip to Mexican border illustrates immigration plight

11/16/19, New York Times: When the Judge Became the Defendant

11/15/19, New York Times: A Director Asks, Would Jesus Stand With Today’s Migrants?


11/21/19, Washington Post: Why family separation is so central to Trump’s immigration vision

11/20/19, WBUR: While We’re Shunning Refugees, Canada Is Welcoming Them

11/20/19, Dallas Morning News: Police are on the front lines of the immigration debate. We’re going to have to handle this without Congress

11/20/19, New York Times: Why I Quit My Job Carrying Out Trump’s Immigration Policies (video)

11/19/19, Washington Post: My city used to welcome refugees. ‘Remain in Mexico’ means we can’t anymore.


Only in America: When Headlines Meet Theology (podcast) As the executive director of the Austin Baptist Association, Dr. David Smith works with congregations to create communities where all residents feel welcome in the pews. He also helps connect congregants who want to learn more about immigration with mission opportunities across the border in Mexico. He tells Ali about he’s learned how important it is for people to experience the issue firsthand — and how eager they are to share their stories with people back home.

Review of International Studies: ‘#Refugees can be entrepreneurs too!’ Humanitarianism, race, and the marketing of Syrian refugees. Review of International Studies, 1-19. This article argues that the designation of Syrian refugees as ‘entrepreneurs’ is a positioning of Syrians within colonial hierarchies of race that pervade humanitarian work. For many humanitarian workers in Jordan, Syrians’ ‘entrepreneurship’ distinguishes them from ‘African’ refugees, who are imagined as passive, impoverished, and dependent on humanitarian largesse. Without explicit racial comparisons, humanitarian agencies simultaneously market Syrian refugees online as ‘entrepreneurs’, to enable them to be perceived as closer to whiteness, and to thereby render them more acceptable to Western audiences and donors, who are imagined as white. This article extends scholarly understandings of the understudied relationship between race and humanitarianism. Available at:

Podcast: David FitzGerald on the Shrinking Avenues for Asylum, CMSOnAir: This episode features an interview with David FitzGerald, Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego around the concept of “remote controls,” new constraints on asylum seekers, and the impact of wealthy democracies closing their doors to migrants. Listen here:

Center for Migration Studies: The US Refugee Resettlement Program — A Return to First Principles: How Refugees Help to Define, Strengthen, and Revitalize the United States. The current US administration has put the United States on pace to resettle the lowest number of refugees in USRAP’s 38-year history, with possible further cuts in fiscal year (FY) 2019. This report describes the myriad ways in which this program serves US interests and values. the report describes the achievements, contributions, and integration outcomes of 1.1 million refugees who arrived in the United States between 1987 and 2016. The report also finds that refugees bring linguistic diversity to the United States and, in this and other ways, increase the nation’s economic competitiveness and security. In short, refugees become US citizens, homeowners, English speakers, workers, business owners, college educated, insured, and computer literate at high rates. These findings cover a large population of refugees comprised of all nationalities, not just particularly successful national groups. Available at: