News Digest: March 14, 2019

Articles

April 2019 edition, The Atlantic: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

America has always grappled with, in the words of the immigration historian John Higham, two “rival principles of national unity.” According to one, the U.S. is the champion of the poor and the dispossessed, a nation that draws its strength from its pluralism. According to the other, America’s greatness is the result of its white and Christian origins, the erosion of which spells doom for the national experiment.

3/15/19, The Verge: The mass shooting in New Zealand was designed to spread on social media

3/12/19, New York Times: Trump Administration Plans to Close Key Immigration Operations Abroad

3/12/19, The Daily Pennsylvanian: Penn Law students showcase artwork and calligraphy to combat stereotypes about refugees

3/12/19, UNRWA: Where the Cement Meets the Sun: The Innovative Gardeners of Burj Barajneh

The abundance of organic produce in this environment devoid of much green is tended by volunteers of the Burj Barajneh Girl’s Committee, a group supported by UNRWA to conduct community awareness around the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV). The girls receive a three-month training, after which they are tasked to take care of the rooftop garden and are able to fully partake in this sustainable agricultural plan. In this sense, this project has a significant social impact, beyond the environmental one.

3/11/19, Immigration Impact: Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court

3/9/19, UNHCR: Eight years on, Syrian refugees weigh thorny question of return

3/9/19, New York Times: America, Say My Name

3/8/19, The Washington Post: Her ancestors were enslaved in the U.S. Now a Trump decision could lead to her deportation to Africa.

For some, Trump’s move to end immigration protection for Liberians echoes a troubling moment in U.S. history, when the land that would become Liberia was colonized by Americans to relocate former slaves and their descendants…

The Trump administration argues that the end of Liberia’s second civil war in 2003 eliminated the need for immigration protection for Liberians. Trump has also taken aim at other temporary immigration programs, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which shields from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

3/8/19, Episcopal News Service: California church embraces Congolese family as father seeks asylum, fights deportation

3/7/19, AP: Ahead of court ruling, Census Bureau seeks citizenship data

3/7/19, AP: Border agency watchdog looking into caravan database

Publications

3/4/19, IOM, the UN Migration Agency: One Way Ticket (Video)

One way ticket, a movie co-produced by IOM was screened last week in IOM Washington. The movie follows the stories of Isaiah and Jean-Pierre, Congolese refugees from their Uganda camp to a new life in the US.

2/21/19, Texas Civil Rights Project: REPORT: The Real National Emergency, Zero Tolerance & the Continuing Horrors of Family Separation at the Border

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) has been interviewing separated asylum seeking and migrant parents at the southern border since the height of the family separation crisis in the summer of 2018. This report provides a comprehensive non-governmental account of family separations at or near McAllen, Texas during a six month period after the issuance of the Executive Order purportedly ending the practice.

2/13/19, Refugees Deeply: How Migration Deals Lead to Refugee Commodification

 

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