News Digest: May 17, 2019

Articles

5/16/19, Vox: Donald Trump’s Rose Garden immigration speech, explained

5/16/19, New York Times: To Stay or to Flee: A Syrian Mother’s Impossible Choice

This is the first dispatch from a project following a mother and her four children who fled Syria in 2015 and are now rebuilding their lives spread across four European cities. To receive the next dispatch about Suhair and her children, sign up for the weekly At War newsletter.

5/15/19, KSAT 12: Walk in Love border tour starts in San Antonio

5/15/19, Kenosha News: Vigil promotes understanding among faiths, condemns violence in name of religion

5/14/19, Rewire News: Meet the Federal Agency Helping to Criminalize Pregnant Migrants

5/13/19, New York Times: Is There a Connection Between Undocumented Immigrants and Crime?

“The results of the analysis resemble those of other studies on the relationship between undocumented immigration and crime. Last year, a report by the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, found that unauthorized immigrants in Texas committed fewer crimes than their native-born counterparts. A state-level analysis in Criminology, an academic journal, found that undocumented immigration did not increase violent crime and was in fact associated with slight decreases in it. Another Cato study found that unauthorized immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated.”

5/13/19, Cities of Migration: Emma’s Torch: Creating Space for Refugees to Breathe Freely

5/13/19, New York Times: Luring Refugees: N.Y. Cities Desperate for People Try a New Strategy

5/11/19, NPR: Cuban Immigrants Were Given A Haven In The U.S.; Now They’re Being Deported

5/11/19, New York Times: He Crossed the Border Alone, Then Spent 8 Months in Custody. He Was 7.

5/11/19, Knox News: Knox immigrant allies held mock trial against ICE for ‘crimes against community’

5/10/19, Recordnet: Pilgrimage of Hope marching to Capitol in solidarity with immigrants, refugees

“About a year and a half ago, the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin created an immigration task force after recognizing that the issue of immigration is of particular urgency, said Tom Hampson, co-chairman of the task force. One of the commitments made then was to increase education about immigration and look for opportunities to draw larger public attention. The pilgrimage is one of the ways the diocese is doing that, he added.”

Learn more about the Pilgrimage of Hope on a recent episode of EMM’s podcast Hometown.

5/10/19, Washington Post: Democrats ask federal watchdog to examine ‘unprecedented’ immigration backlog

5/10/19, New York Times: Pentagon Shifts $1.5 Billion to Border Wall From Afghan War Budget and Other Military Projects

“Experts in military budgets said that there is no law barring Mr. Shanahan from diverting the funds, but added that it could make things difficult for the Defense Department the next time military leaders go to Capitol Hill seeking additional funding.

The Pentagon had planned to spend $4.9 billion in Afghanistan — primarily to support Afghan security forces who have struggled to hold parts of the country beyond Kabul, the capital, from Taliban militants. American officials said that the $600 million that was being diverted to the border is coming from savings that officials found in contracts.”

5/9/19, Politico: White House may include mandatory E-Verify in immigration proposal

5/8/19, Fresh Air, NPR: Eugenics, Anti-Immigration Laws Of The Past Still Resonate Today, Journalist Says

5/8/19, National Catholic Reporter: With her life on hold, an immigrant woman marks two years in sanctuary

5/7/19, ENS: Arkansas Episcopalians rally support for Syrian school while raising awareness of refugee crisis

Opinion

5/16/19, New York Times: A Good Samaritan and the Border Patrol

5/15/19, New York Times: President Trump, Come to Willmar

“America is actually a checkerboard of towns and cities — some rising from the bottom up and others collapsing from the top down, ravaged by opioids, high unemployment among less-educated white males and a soaring suicide rate. I’ve been trying to understand why some communities rise and others fall — and so many of the answers can be found in Willmar.

The answers to three questions in particular make all the difference: 1) Is your town hungry for workers to fill open jobs? 2) Can your town embrace the new immigrants ready to do those jobs, immigrants who may come not just from Latin America, but also from nonwhite and non-Christian nations of Africa or Asia? And 3) Does your town have a critical mass of “leaders without authority”?”

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