8/2/20, Atlantic: When a Family Separation Becomes Permanent

7/31/20, CNN: ICE chief to depart immigration agency with no clear replacement

7/31/20, Guardian: Free but restless, Behrouz Boochani takes tentative first steps into new life

7/31/20, Guardian: Greece’s refugees face healthcare crisis as Lesbos Covid-19 centre closes

7/30/20, Border Report: Rising Rio Grande threatens migrant tent encampment in Matamoros

7/30/20, New Humanitarian: How language can be a deadly COVID-19 complication for US immigrants

7/30/20, North Jersey: NJ Assembly OKs bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain professional licenses

7/30/20, Inside Higher Ed: Judge Rejects Citizenship Restriction on CARES Funding

7/30/20, Nation: ‘Even In a Pandemic, We’re Still a Minority’

7/30/20, New Humanitarian: No papers, no rights: Understanding Syria’s civil documentation crisis

7/30/20, El Paso Times: Mexican mass shooting victims seek U visas: ‘They want to cooperate with the prosecution’

7/30/20, New York Times: Undocumented Housekeeper Who Worked at Trump Property Could Face Deportation

7/30/20, Miami Herald: Florida companies are cashing in on deportation flights — about $35,000 per deportee

7/29/20, Newsweek: ICE Agents Complain About Nazi Comparisons, Say They’re Only Enforcing the Laws

7/29/20, CNN: DACA changes are temporary, Trump administration officials say

7/29/20, Washington Post: Northam, U.S. senators ask for CDC’s help with covid-19 outbreak at immigrant detention center

7/29/20, AP: US Agents to Pull Back in Portland but Will Stay on Standby

7/29/20, Texas Public Radio: Baby Born In U.S. Expelled To Mexico As Government Cites COVID-19 Concerns

7/29/20, CNN: Judge blocks administration from implementing ‘public charge’ rule for immigrants during pandemic

7/29/20, NBC News: Lured to America — then trapped

7/29/20, KTAR News (AZ): Phoenix hotel to stop work with ICE contractor housing detained migrants

7/29/20, PRI: Farmworkers are getting coronavirus. They face retaliation for demanding safe conditions.

7/28/20, Washington Post: GOP coronavirus bill replaces money for Pentagon projects Trump raided for border wall

7/28/20, Immigration Impact: What You Need to Know About the Partial DACA Rescission Memo

7/28/20, PBS NewsHour: Trump restricts immigration amid the pandemic. Critics see it as an excuse to push his own agenda

7/28/20, MPI: Impending USCIS Furloughs Will Contribute to a Historic Drop in U.S. Immigration Levels

7/28/20, USA Today: Trump to extend current DACA protections, reject new applications after Supreme Court knockdown

7/27/20, Immigration Impact: Trump Deployed a Federal Agency With a History of Excessive Force to Police Racial Justice Protests

7/27/20, New Humanitarian: COVID-19 fuels tensions between Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi hosts

7/27/20, TIME: ‘Family Separation 2.0.’ Parents in ICE Detention Have To Decide Whether to Keep Their Children or Release Them To Sponsors

7/24/20, BuzzFeed News: “I Felt Alone”: The Story Of How An Immigrant Teenager Fought To Stay In The US While Under Guard In A Texas Hotel

7/24/20, AP: Lawyer: All new DACA applications put in ‘pending’ bucket

7/24/20, Politico: He thought he had asylum. Now, he could face a death sentence.

7/22/20, Rolling Stone: The Faces of Deportation


7/30/20, Standard-Examiner (UT): Guest op-ed: Fear of refugees depriving Americans of jobs is groundless

7/29/20, Tennessean: U.S. must amend for a centuries-long history of separating children from parents | Opinion

7/29/20, Bloomberg: Einstein Was a Refugee. We Need More Like Him Now.

7/28/20, New York Times: Refugee Resettlement Is Close to Collapse. That Was Trump’s Plan.

7/27/20, Nation: Trump’s Secret Police Have Never Been a Secret to Brown People

7/26/20, Guardian: I left Manus Island but it’s hard to feel free while my refugee brothers and sisters are still detained

Policy Resources

MPI Report: Dismantling and Reconstructing the U.S. Immigration System: A Catalog of Changes under the Trump Presidency

ILRC Resource: COVID-19, Contact Tracing, and Immigration in California

Alianza Americas: Economic Relief Packages toolkit


8/2/20, New York Times: ‘Immigration Nation’ Review: The Banality of Deportation

7/31/20, Guernica: The Sudden Change (fiction)

7/29/20, Only in America (podcast): How Did We Get Here?: Doris Meissner

This week we hear about what happened around immigration in the 1990s, and how that’s affected today’s conversations. Ali talks to Doris Meissner, a former Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She’s currently a Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute.

7/28/20, Guernica: Twelve Poems by Female Fighters

Opportunities & Resources

MDH IDEPC Webinar: Community Solutions during COVID-19: Effective partnership and communication strategies with refugee and immigrant communities

Representatives of refugee and immigrant communities from Colorado, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania will discuss how their community members are receiving information about COVID-19 and how community leaders are exchanging information among community members. In addition to sharing their challenges and successes of their strategies, they will highlight opportunities to strengthen partnerships to improve health education and access health care. August 4, 2020 at 1:00pm CDT. Register.

ILRC Webinar: Emerging Public Charge Issues Related to COVID-19

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, federal, state, and local governments are creating relief programs to provide services and resources to community members facing health and financial challenges. However, due in part to the overlapping timeline of coronavirus and the implementation of new public charge rules, many immigrant community members are fearful of utilizing available relief programs. In this 60-minute webinar, we will provide a brief overview of public charge, share policy updates on public charge topics, and discuss various emerging public charge issues related to COVID-19. The webinar will provide an overview of various relief programs, explain how use of those programs could trigger public charge consequences, and discuss how to distinguish benefits programs that immigrants might access because of financial hardship stemming from COVID-19 from COVID-19 emergency programs insofar as public charge ramifications. Note: this will be a California-focused webinar. August 25, 2020 at 11:00am PDT. Register.

2020 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) and the University of Notre Dame will hold the 2020 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference on Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution for all who would like to participate, this year’s conference will take place virtually. This annual event is part of CMS’s Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) which seeks to understand, expand and strengthen the work of Catholic institutions with immigrant communities. Register.