News Digest: March 22, 2019

Articles

3/21/19, UNHCR: ‘Water was a curse then. Now, water is a blessing’

Three out of 10 people worldwide do not have access to potable water – according to the UN World Water Development Report 2019, Leaving no one behind – despite safe drinking water and sanitation being recognized as basic human rights, indispensable to health and human dignity.

3/21/19, WBUR: Created By Immigrants, 10 Films Highlight The New Immigrant And Refugee Experience

3/21/19, The Intercept: Donald Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda Faces Another Setback in Court

3/20/19, CNN: The American Bar Association says US immigration courts are ‘on the brink of collapse’

3/20/19, New York Times: Border Patrol Facilities in Texas Are Overflowing, Prompting Mass Releases in Border Cities

3/20/19, The Guardian: Activists project ‘refugees welcome’ on Acropolis to show crisis not over

3/19/19, France 24: Afghan refugee scales summit of women’s football

3/19/19, New York Times: Immigrants Facing Deportation Must Be Detained After Release From Criminal Custody, Justices Rule

3/19/19, Wall Street Journal: U.S. to Stop Detaining Some Migrant Families at Border Under New Policy

3/19/19, The Guardian: Why Trump-era policies create new barriers to legal immigration to the US

An estimated 65,000 visa applicants annually now have to fill out DS-5535, which requires a 15-year travel log, social media handles, a list of prior addresses and a 15-year employment history, among other information. The document is just one of myriad changes under the current administration that have made it more difficult for people to enter and stay in the country through lawful means – even as Trump says publicly that he wants foreigners in the US, but “they have to come in legally”.

3/19/19, New York Times: Anyone Speak K’iche’ or Mam? Immigration Courts Overwhelmed by Indigenous Languages

3/18/19, The Guardian: Thousands of children ‘could become undocumented’ after Brexit

3/15/19, MSNBC: Trump admin tracked individual migrant girls’ pregnancies (Video)

3/15/19, Slate: How Immigration Activists Pressured Big Banks—and Won

These protesters are immigration rights activists. They know they can’t control the Trump administration’s approach to border security, so they’re trying to control something else—the people who fund it. Last year, private prisons that detained migrants along the border got nearly $2 billion from America’s biggest banks.

3/15/19, Refugees Deeply: Land Confiscation Is Latest Barrier to Return for Myanmar’s Displaced

3/15/19: ABC News: Trump administration to deny more visa applicants who may use public assistance

3/14/19, Cities of Migration: Teacher Training, With and For Refugee Teachers

The program was immediately popular with the skilled refugees who were looking to get back into their teaching careers. More than 700 applied for 25 initial spots. Given this demand, as well as the reality of over 4000 refugee students in the state of Brandenburg who could benefit from teachers with a similar background, the number increased to 75 refugee teachers for the first cohort.

3/14/19, Chicago Sun-Times: US immigration agents find ways around ‘sanctuary’ policies

3/12/19, Vox: Trump’s budget proposes hiking application fees for legal immigrants

Opinion

3/17/19, New York Times: I Am an Immigrant. Someday You Might Be One, Too.

Those who are safe from displacement — at least for the moment — must confront the roles they want to play in this unfolding global story. What responsibility do people in America, for example, have toward those who live in places that have been ravaged by wars the American government has started or abetted? What responsibility do they have toward those who have benefited least from industrialization but stand to suffer most? And how do they plan to adapt to global migration?

3/16/19, New York Times: The 8-Year-Old Homeless Refugee Chess Champion

3/13/19, PBS Newshour: What I saw happening at the U.S.-Mexico border

An informal list — a notebook, filled with the names, ages, and home cities of each family waiting — is kept at the front of the line. Every family we spoke to said the same thing. There was nothing for them back home. They are desperate for work, stability, and security. A better life for their children. They want to enter the U.S. legally, and they couldn’t afford to pay smugglers the going rate of $6,000 to help them cross illegally anyway. So they’ll wait.

U.S. officials said they are processing an average of one family a day — some days more, some days none.

Publications

Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies: New Open-access special issue on Social Policies as a Tool of Migration Control, edited by Ilker Ataç and Sieglinde Rosenberger

This special issue contributes to academic debates on the intersection of migration control and social policies by analyzing policies and policy making towards irregular migrants and rejected asylum seekers in European countries. It shows a range of social policies, covering both legal regulation and practical implementation across countries and cities according to the perspective of internal migration control. It also deals with tensions, conflicts, and cooperation with regard to the provision of welfare services for irregular migrants. Finally, it addresses the policy designs and strategies of actors that provide, limit, or expand access to welfare services for irregular migrants.

3/14/19, Pew Research: Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden

January/February 2019, Cato Institute: Myths and Facts of Immigration Policy

11/16/18, IOM: IOM Launches ‘Holding On’ Campaign: A Virtual Reality Experience of Internal Displacement

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