12/12/19, NBC News: Pentagon watchdog plans to review award of $400M border wall contract to firm touted by Trump

12/11/19, Washington Post: In Maryland, advocates educate immigrants about the census

12/11/19, Vox: Trump’s executive order on campus anti-Semitism, explained

12/11/19, Reuters: U.S. Non-Border Immigration Arrests Fell Despite Trump Push

12/10/19, Washington Post: A North Dakota county was poised to be first to bar refugees under Trump’s executive order. Residents said no.

12/10/19, Los Angeles Times: In a first, U.S. starts pushing Central American families seeking asylum to Guatemala

12/10/19, The Guardian: ‘Ridiculously hard’: how Neil Gaiman wrote a poem for refugees from 1,000 tweets

…A kettle boiling at the stove. Your family or friends are there. They smile.
Cocoa or chocolate, tea or coffee, soup or toddy, what you know you need.
A heat exchange, they give it to you, you take the mug
and start to thaw. While outside, for some of us, the journey began

as we walked away from our grandparents’ houses
away from the places we knew as children: changes of state and state and state,
to stumble across a stony desert, or to brave the deep waters,
while food and friends, home, a bed, even a blanket become just memories.

Sometimes it only takes a stranger, in a dark place,
to hold out a badly knitted scarf, to offer a kind word, to say
we have the right to be here, to make us warm in the coldest season.

You have the right to be here.

12/10/19, Vox: Arrests of migrants at the US-Mexico border dropped again in November

12/10/19, The Intercept: Spokane vs. The Border Patrol: How Immigration Agents Stake Out a City Bus Station

12/10/19, The Hill: Immigrants granted asylum forced to wait in Mexico pending appeal: report

12/9/19, Texas Public Radio: Mexican Officials Continue Push To Move Migrants From Encampment

12/9/19, Immigration Impact: USCIS Plans Massive Fee Hike for Access to Genealogical Records

12/9/19, Equal Times: For African migrants trying, and dying, to reach north America, the Darién Gap is the “new Mediterranean”

12/9/19, New York Times: India Steps Toward Making Naturalization Harder for Muslims

12/9/19, Bloomberg: Immigration Quotas of 1920s Failed to Aid U.S.-Born Workers’ Pay

12/9/19, San Diego Union-Tribune: CBP denies access to doctors seeking flu vaccinations for migrant children

12/9/19, New York Times: Church’s Nativity Scene Puts Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Cages

12/8/19, The Guardian: Back to the border of misery: Amexica revisited 10 years on

12/7/19, New York Times: Violence Drives a Swell in Mexican Migration

12/6/19, AZ Central: Arizona will continue to resettle refugees, Gov. Doug Ducey tells Trump administration

12/6/19, El Paso Times: Border Patrol creates new civilian jobs to handle migrant welfare

12/5/19, Washington Post: Pregnant immigration detainees spiked 52 percent under Trump administration


12/11/19, New York Times: Trump Has a Gift for Tearing Us Apart

12/9/19, Seattle Times: Why don’t more immigrants arrive legally? For many, the doors are barricaded.

“The feeling of outrage toward immigrants who “break the rules” appeals to a particular sense of fairness and justice, one that assumes that if only people followed the law and got “in line,” opportunities afforded to previous generations of immigrants would be available to them. The perception seems to be that there are two entry doors to the U.S.: one legal, the other illegal — and migrants just incomprehensibly choose the illegal door due to laziness, lack of respect for U.S. laws or desire to do harm.

But what if the “legal” door is padlocked and blockaded? What if it’s only open for five minutes a day and only if you can open it with your hands tied behind your back?”

12/6/19, The Advocate (LA): Louisiana church leaders: Expanding immigrant detention in Louisiana a tragedy


Migration Policy Institute: Temporary Visa Holders in the United States

Drawing on data from the State Department and DHS, this Spotlight examines trends in visa issuance and admission, and provides information on temporary visa holders in the United States, including top countries of origin and the three top visa categories: visitors for pleasure or business, temporary workers, and international students.

Migration Policy Institute: Refugee Sponsorship Programs: A Global State of Play and Opportunities for Investment