News Digest: April 12, 2019

Articles

4/12/19, New York Times: She Was Forced to Marry in Bangladesh. In Brooklyn, She Made Her Escape.

The shelter is under the umbrella of Muslims Giving Back, a charity in Sunset Park based out of the Muslim Community Center mosque — the same mosque Ms. Hanif had contacted in the middle of the night when Ms. Zahan had made her move.

Mohamed Bahi, an American-Algerian who founded the nonprofit and directs the mosque, said the idea for the shelter came after domestic-violence survivors started approaching him for help in increasing numbers.

4/11/19, New York Times: White House Considered Releasing Migrants in ‘Sanctuary Cities’

4/10/19, New York Times: The U.S. Immigration System May Have Reached a Breaking Point

4/9/19, New York Times: The Daily Podcast: The Brief, Controversial Tenure of Kirstjen Nielsen

4/9/19, Immigration Impact: Certain Detained Asylum Seekers Must Receive a Bond Hearing Within 7 Days, Judge Orders

4/9/19, New York Times: Trump Administration to Push for Tougher Asylum Rules

4/9/19, New York Times: Trump Says the U.S. Is ‘Full.’ Much of the Nation Has the Opposite Problem.

4/8/19, Immigration Impact: USCIS Hits H-1B Cap Within Days, Showing America Needs Foreign Workers

There is a limit of 65,000 regular visas available each fiscal year for new hires. Another 20,000 visas are for foreign professionals who graduate with a master’s degree or Ph.D. from a U.S. university. In recent years, demand for H-1B visa numbers has far outpaced the supply. In fact, this is the seventh consecutive year that the regular H-1B visa cap was hit within a week.

4/8/19, New York Times: U.S. Wants to Allow More Foreign Workers While Also Restricting Immigration

4/6/19, New York Times: U.S. Says It Could Take 2 Years to Identify Up to Thousands of Separated Immigrant Families

4/5/19, NPR: U.S. Resettling Record Low Numbers Of Refugees

4/5/19, UNHCR: Venezuelans risk life and limb to seek help in Colombia

4/5/19, Immigration Impact: Immigrants Denied Citizenship for Working in the Legal Marijuana Industry

4/5/19, New York Times: CROSSING THE BORDER NEWSLETTER For Migrants in Mexico, the Wait ‘Could Be a Week, Two Weeks, a Month’

Mr. Pupo and Ms. García left Cuba on Feb. 6, flew to Panama and traveled overland to Mexico, arriving in Ciudad Juárez on March 1 and finding their way to Solus Christus Church.

The shelter is overseen by Lilia and Rodolfo Barraza, who opened its doors to migrants on Feb. 26 after local officials appealed for help in absorbing the flow of asylum-seekers into the city.

Mr. Barraza, 65, a pastor, said that initially he had been inclined to say no, but he remembered a biblical passage that described the moral obligation to do good.

“And when I thought of that biblical verse, I said, ‘Bring them,’” Mr. Barraza recalled. “And the next day they were here.”

4/4/19, New York Magazine: Locking Immigrants in ‘Camps’ Is the New American Normal

Where a person is categorized as illegal — as undocumented immigrants have been — they can more seamlessly be treated as if their existence is a crime. This practice has calcified over the past two decades, going back to the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Under Trump, it has been paired with louder and more focused xenophobic rhetoric against Hispanics, dramatically fewer options for legal entry for asylum seekers and refugees, accelerated arrests of people living in the U.S. undocumented, and the increased use of cruel punitive measures to deter future immigrants. Trump was not the first of these presidents to accelerate ICE raids and the separation of undocumented children from their families. But he was the first to make them policy.

4/3/19, National Geographic: Soccer offers kids an outlet in this refugee camp

4/2/19, Harper’s Bazaar: The U.S. Is Tracking Migrant Girls’ Periods to Stop Them From Getting Abortions

4/2/19, KGBT Valley Central: Shelter workers see new trend of immigrant fathers traveling with their children

3/25/19, Houstonia: For Houston’s Women Refugee Community, There’s Power in Numbers

Opinion

4/11/19, New York Times: Our Disgrace at the Border

4/9/19, New York Times: Trump’s Immigration Crisis

There is a sense in which this crisis vindicates immigration hawks, who warned from the late-Obama era onward that the immigration decline wasn’t necessarily permanent, that there could easily be another wave, that United States policy — particularly the Obama precedent of a tacit amnesty for child migrants — created specific incentives for families and children to come north.

But those same hawks ended up electing a president whose signature immigration policy, more walls to deter border-crossers, has proved largely ineffective in dealing with an immigration crisis created by people surrendering to Border Patrol officers and asking for asylum.

4/9/19, New York Times Letter to the Editor: Barbarism in Honduras, and Here in the U.S.

4/7/19, The Guardian: We can cry for Alan Kurdi, but living migrants get no pity

4/5/19, New York Times: ‘Someone Is Always Trying to Kill You’

Understanding what is going on in Honduras is crucial to understanding, and solving, what is going on at the United States border, where 268,044 migrants were stopped in the first five months of fiscal 2019, nearly twice as many as in the same period last year. A growing proportion — half — were families with children.

4/5/19, New York Times Letter to the Editor: United Nations Aid to Palestinians

Publications

4/12/19, Refugee Studies Centre: Podcasts from the RSC Conference 2019 ‘Democratizing Displacement’ are now online

On 18-19 March, the RSC Conference 2019 took place at New College, Oxford, with a focus on ‘democratizing’ refugee protection from a variety of disciplinary angles, including ethics, politics, anthropology, history and law. It examined the role of refugees as political agents able to inform the decisions that affect them at local, state, regional and global levels. It explored the ethics and politics of accountability, participation, and humanitarian governance; the character of practical, institutional and legal mechanisms to ensure that refugees have a say in their protection; and ways in which those who make decisions in relation to the displaced are (or could be) held accountable for their actions.

4/5/19, Migration Letters: Contributors or competitors? Complexity and variability of refugees’ economic ‘impacts’ within a Kenyan host community

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