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Special Report | Our Grotesque Immigration Policy Demonstrates Our Nation's Moral Decay 1/(2)

  •    http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Featured%20story%20banner.jpgPart 1: Two Grotesque Immigration Stories Demonstrate Our Nation's Moral Decay
  • A vicious operation by ICE, and the death of a seven-year-old girl in BorderPatrolcustody, are searing reminders.
  • Part 2: The Troops Don't Deserve This
  • You support the troops? Don't let the president* use them as political props.
  • Related: Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. 

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Part 1: Two Grotesque Immigration Stories Demonstrate Our Nation's Moral Decay
 

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A vicious operation by ICE, and the death of a seven-year-old girl in Border Patrol
custody, are searing reminders.

Jack Holmes, Esquire

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But perhaps nothing compares to our treatment of children brought to our border by their parents.

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Part 2: The Troops Don't Deserve This

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You support the troops? Don't let the president* use them as political props.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Oct 30, 2018 | I think it's time for everyone who Supports The Troops actually to do so. I think if you applaud the Troops that are introduced at ballgames, or if you Thank Them For Their Service in airports, or stick yellow ribbons on the bumper of your SUV, you should be marching right now on the White House to protest the fact that the president* of United States has enlisted 5,000 of the Troops into a racist fantasy that he's peddling for political advantage—and a racist fantasy that already has a body count, at that—and to protest the waste of taxpayer money spent on moving a brigade-level mass of men to the southern border to fend off an "invasion" of shoeless Central American peasants who, in any case, are still at least a month of walking south of Brownsville.

If you Support The Troops, scream and holler and push back hard against the use of the U.S. Army as set decoration for his most recent spasm of bigoted insanity. From The New York Times:

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. Leo J. O'Donovan, America Magazine

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Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family. 

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Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us.

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Anita Areli Ramirez Mejia, an asylum seeker from Honduras, hugs her 6-year-old son, Jenri, July 13 at La Posada Providencia shelter in San Benito, Texas. The mother and son were reunited after being separated near the Mexico-U.S. border. (CNS photo/Loren Elliott, Reuters) 
 
Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family. 

Leo J. O'Donovan, America Magazine
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October 05, 2018 | Who are the children whose terrified faces we have seen in images from our southern border as they were literally torn from their mother’s arms? They were, yes, Mexican and Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran. But whose were they also and truly?

In the days after World Refugee Day this year, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA was clear about its care. We urged the U.S. government to ensure that people are not criminally punished for trying to seek asylum and that the rights and dignity of children and families entering the United States are respected. We affirmed that U.S. policies calling for the indefinite detention of families seeking asylum are contrary to Catholic teaching and violate the rights of asylum seekers and the dignity of children and their families. They also put at risk the long-term mental health and well-being of children and their parents. 
Leo J. O'Donovan https://www.americamagazine.org/voices/leo-j-odonovan-sj> is president emeritus of Georgetown University and director of mission at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

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Special Project | US Immigration Policy: Hate Unbound

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Story 1: Robert Reich | Hate Unbound, * Story 2: Trump and the GOP Have Blood on Their Hands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting * Story 3: ‘The US Immigration System Is Inherently Abusive and Violent and Racist’ * Story 4: Tell Congress To Protect Immigrant Families * Story 5: Do Family Separation and Detention Deter Immigration? * Story 6: Morality and Immigration: 4 Overlooked Stats Everyone Is Missing in the Border Crisis Debate * Related: Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate * Related: Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

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Week Ending November 3, 2018 |

Story 1: Robert Reich | Hate Unbound, Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Website 

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Story 2: Trump and the GOP Have Blood on Their Hands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now / Portside

October 29,2018 | ... this political violence is not happening in isolation. The murder of these 11 Jews in Pittsburgh is inextricably linked to the murder of the two black shoppers in Kentucky, to the slaughter of black worshipers in Charleston in 2015 ...

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Story 3: ‘The US Immigration System Is Inherently Abusive and Violent and Racist’, Janine Jackson, FAIR.org
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19,2018 | Janine Jackson interviewed Tina Vasquez about reporting on immigration for the October 19, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Story 4: Tell Congress To Protect Immigrant Families, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) <>
October, 2018 | Tell Congress: Pass DACA, Abolish ICE, End Deportations
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 24, 2018| The administration’s family separation policy has not had its intended effect. A new analysis of data from a longer period of time illustrates that family detention has not acted as a deterrent either.
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June 22,
 2018 | There has been a great deal of finger-pointing over who’s to blame.
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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border, Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone, TomDispatch.com

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  • How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border
  • A once-peaceful region has been transformed into a low-intensity war zone. Here's how it went so bad.
     

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Unions Can Protect Workers From Deportation. This Coalition of 3.5 Million Is Showing How.

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Teamsters, Working Families United, National TPS Alliance, LA County Federation of Labor, CARECEN, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) gathered together for a rally'nin Wilmington on Wednesday, October. 3, 2018. This marked the end of a 3-day strike by truckers and warehouse workers. (Photo by Brittany Murray/Digital First Media/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images) 

  • “We don’t ask that the government help take care of us. Just give us residency so we can continue to work hard with our families and move forward.” -- Cesar Rodriguez, the port driver and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder from Los Angeles
  • Related: The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions.

Heather Gies, In These Times

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http://inthesetimes.com/images/2011/headers/BlogHed_working.gifThursday, Oct 18, 2018 | After more than two decades living, working, and building a family in the United States, Cesar Rodriguez feels his life is in limbo. The driver for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach from El Salvador is one of more than 300,000 immigrants at risk of losing their temporary legal status in the U.S. after the Trump administration scrapped the program for a handful of countries.

“I’m a trucker, and I make my living with my license. Without my license, I lose my job,” Rodriguez told In These Times. “If I lose my job, I would lose everything—even my family, because I wouldn’t have a way to support them.”

Heather Gies <http://inthesetimes.com/community/profile/322906> is a freelance journalist who writes about human rights, resource conflicts and politics in Latin America. She is also an editor at Upside Down World.

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The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions. Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

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  • Related: New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off.

 




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More Signs of How Deep the Poison of Traumatizing People Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA

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  • Part 1: This Was Another Sign of How Deep the Poison of Trumpism Has Sunk In
  • The president spent the night in Minnesota demonizing undocumented immigrants as violent criminals—and lying.
  • Part 2: Traumatizing Children Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA
  • How do I expel the bodily pain of witnessing the caging of children of color in a way that motivates people to action?

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Part 1: This Was Another Sign of How Deep the Poison of Trumpism Has Sunk In

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The president spent the night in Minnesota demonizing undocumented immigrants as violent criminals—and lying.

Jack Holmes, Esquire

Jun 21, 2018 | e rarely seem to ask anymore why the President of the United States is continually holding campaign rallies when his next election is more than two years away. It's just another fact of our dangerously surreal new existence: the creeping presence of the Leader and his Movement in all things, and the public demonstrations of that presence. (History, of course, tells us that it's always a good sign when the leader of a strongman regime in a fragile democracy is continually holding rallies.) The results on Wednesday night in Duluth, Minnesota, were predictable.

Donald Trump, American president, spent a great deal of time complaining. He complained about media coverage of this and other rallies, where apparently newspapers and TV networks don't give him enough credit for how many fans he has. He complained about media coverage of the current state of the economy, which often correctly paints it as a continuation of sustained economic gains under his predecessor. He complained that his opponents are described as "elites" when he is "smarter" and "richer" and has "a better apartment." He complained about the media, period, and earned a chant in response from his Huge Number of Fans, You Wouldn't Believe How Many Fans.


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Part 2: Traumatizing Children Of Color Is Written Into Our Country's DNA


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How do I expel the bodily pain of witnessing the caging of children of color in a way that motivates people to action without feeling as though I am offering my very self up for consumption?

AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez, Brown Eyed Amazon / Patheos

June 20, 2018 |There is this cyclical injustice where trauma is inflicted, the traumatized lay their wounds bare attempting to awaken the abuser to what they have done, the abuser momentarily awakens but subsequently forgets, and trauma is inflicted once more. Again and again… like clockwork. The collective pain of the brown community cannot and should not ever serve as a catalyst for white enlightenment.
 
My value as a woman of color is not determined by my ability to sanitize my experiences for a white audience.

I know these things to be true yet I have to work regularly not to internalize the narrative that says that pain is necessary for my very identity and worth to be defined. That narrative has eclipsed my ability to find a voice today.

AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez <> is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the latin diaspora. She is a faith organizer, consultant, public speaker, writer, and visual artist.

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Understanding the Immigrant Experience

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  • Part 1: 12 Excellent Books to Understand the Refugee Experience
  • Twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.
  • Part 2: Public holds false views on immigration.
  • Americans and Europeans largely buy into right-wing stereotypes about immigrants. The reality is much less frightening.
  • Part 3: Refuting the Most Common Arguments Against Immigration
  • I … address these stereotypes and expunge … these untrue arguments used against immigration.

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Part 1: 12 Excellent Books to Understand the Refugee Experience

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Twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.

Keith Rice, Signature

http://assets.signature-reads.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/refugee-city-of-thorns.jpg February 6, 2017 | The global community is currently in the midst of a refugee crisis unlike anything seen since WWII. The Syrian Civil War has displaced millions, forcing nearly five million civilians to flee the war-torn country and leaving millions more adrift within its border. The United States has generally been at the forefront of refugee resettlement. However, as with so many issues since the inauguration of Donald Trump, our nation’s refugee program has been thrown into disarray. The president’s executive order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for ninety days while also halting refugee resettlement for 120 days and refugees from Syria indefinitely is largely a solution seeking a problem. Since the Refugee Act of 1980 created the current system of Refugee vetting, no refugee has been implicated in a single fatal terrorist attack.

The refugee experience is a well-documented and often heartbreaking one. Given the ongoing crisis and the prevalence of refugees as part of an ongoing national conversation – and the need for more compassion and empathy than ever – we’ve pulled together twelve books touching on the refugee experience to offer you more insight and understanding.

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Part 2: Public holds false views on immigration.

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  • Why people believe Donald Trump’s immigration lies — and why it’s time to fight back with truth
  • Americans and Europeans largely buy into right-wing stereotypes about immigrants. Reality is much less frightening.

Amanda Marcotte, Salon

A big part of Donald Trump's strategy to whip up racist hysteria against immigrants is straight-up lying. Last weekend, for instance, Trump breathlessly declared on Twitter that he has "watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13," a lie so ridiculously over the top it would be funny if so many people didn't believe it. Unfortunately, Trump knows his constant stream of tall tales about immigrant gangs controlling American cities will gain traction, no matter how often they're debunked in the media. Research indicates that the public is drastically misinformed about the nature of immigration in the 21st century, making many Americans easy marks for Trump's propaganda.

This week, a new workingpaperfrom Harvard economists was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research that illustrates how dire the situation really is. The researchers surveyed people in six countries — Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the U.S. — and found that native-born people in all six nations had ideas about immigration that were drastically out of step with statistical realities and often much closer to negative stereotypes propagated by the right.

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. Her new book, "Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshipping Monsters Set On Rat-F*cking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself," is out now.

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Part 3: Refuting the Most Common Arguments Against Immigration

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Andy Gill, Patheos

Since 1996 the federal government has reportedly deported “at least 1000 people per day.” Personally, I had no idea until I watched this video that ICE has a quota of 400,000 deportations they’re required to meet annually.

Here’s the thing: I’m not saying that immigration is a black and white issue. What I am saying is that we need to be careful to not unnecessarily become self-defeatingly inhumane.

Andy Gill has studied theology for two years in Princeton and graduating from Eastern University stepped into pastoral ministry in southern California. His passion is to communicate on topics such as the pursuit of justice, equality, and how that interacts with one’s faith and theology.Currently he resides in Philadelphia and works with youth. He has been featured on sites such as Relevant  Magazine, Red Letter Christians, ThoughtCatalog, and others.

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