Friday, December 3, 2021

GUIDE FOR UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING IN THE U.S.

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Immigrants Rising has as handy guide for undocument6ed immigrants traveling in the United States.  The introductions acknowledges that "[t]raveling in the U.S. can be a complicated and stressful process for anyone—even more so if you’re undocumented! But it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re thinking of traveling as an undocumented person (with or without DACA) and are curious about how to travel safely, read on. Safe travels, undocu-travelers!"

KJ

December 3, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Honduras is biggest source of migration to the United States

From the Washington Post:

Honduras is now the biggest source of migration to the United States — a fact that critics blame partly on the Juan Orlando Hernández administration’s poor governance and an issue newly-elected president Xiomara Castro will now inherit. While the Biden administration is crafting policy aimed at deterring migration, the Honduran economy depends on money sent home by its citizens working in the United States. Remittances make up roughly 20 percent of the country’s GDP.

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December 2, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Catholic Lobby Denounces Reinstatement of MPP/Remain In Mexico Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Biden administration announced a new agreement with the Mexican government to restart the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Under this policy, asylum seekers are required to wait outside the U.S., where they face violence and threats, while their claims are processed. 

During the Trump administration, more than 60,000 asylum seekers were returned across the border to Mexico under MPP. In addition to re-starting MPP, the Biden administration continues using Title 42 to immediately expel migrants at the border without providing asylum seekers due process. 

Ronnate Asirwatham, NETWORK Government Relations Director, said:

“We lift up the testimony of our partners at the border and the dignity of all immigrants and reiterate that meaningful access to counsel, justice, and due process under MPP is impossible.  To even attempt it again makes a mockery of U.S. laws. We call on the Biden administration to end MPP and restore the ability to seek asylum at the border.” 

Mary J. Novak, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, said:

“The use of the Migrant Protection Protocols forces vulnerable asylum seekers to live in unsafe conditions in Mexico while they wait for their cases to proceed in the United States. As President Biden tweeted before taking office, ‘Remain in Mexico is dangerous, inhumane, and goes against everything we stand for.'

“I join people of faith at the border and across the country calling on President Biden to recognize the human dignity of our siblings at the border and end this dangerous and inhumane policy as quickly as possible." 

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NETWORK – advocates for justice inspired by Catholic sisters – educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a 45-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good. www.networklobby.org

bh

December 2, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Staff Attorney Position - University of San Francisco Immigration Clinic

The Immigration & Deportation Defense Clinic at the University of San Francisco is seeking an associate attorney who has experience in immigration law and deportation defense. The attorney will work primarily on cases involving asylum and special immigrant juvenile status for children and families throughout Northern and Central California who are in removal proceedings in the San Francisco Immigration Court. The attorney will also work on BIA appeals. 

For more information click here.

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December 2, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Migrant Protection Protocols are Back! "DHS, Justice, and State Prepare for Court-Ordered Reimplementation of MPP"

A press statement from the Department of Homeland Security:

 

WASHINGTON – As required by a federal court order, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working in good faith to re-implement the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program.  Today, in coordination with the Departments of State and Justice, DHS announced key changes to MPP to address humanitarian concerns raised by the Government of Mexico and shared by the U.S. Government.  Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has repeatedly stated that MPP has endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and failed to address the root causes of irregular migration. 

To comply with the court order, however, DHS will be ready to reimplement MPP once the Government of Mexico makes a final and independent decision to accept the return of individuals enrolled in the program, subject to certain humanitarian improvements.  These key changes include a commitment that proceedings will generally be concluded within six months of an individual’s initial return to Mexico; opportunities for enrollees to secure access to, and communicate with, counsel before and during non-refoulement interviews and immigration court hearings; improved non-refoulement procedures; and an increase in the amount and quality of information enrolled individuals receive about MPP.  DHS will exclude particularly vulnerable individuals from being enrolled in MPP.  In addition, DHS will offer COVID-19 vaccinations for all persons enrolled in MPP.

The U.S. Government will work closely with the Government of Mexico to ensure that there are safe and secure shelters available for those enrolled in MPP; that individuals returned under MPP have secure transportation to and from U.S. ports of entry; and that MPP enrollees are able to seek work permits, healthcare, and other services in Mexico. 

On October 29, 2021, Secretary Mayorkas issued a new memorandum announcing and explaining his decision to terminate the program.  This Administration, however, remains under a court order requiring it to reimplement MPP in good faith, which it will abide by even as it continues to vigorously contest the ruling. 

Once the court injunction is lifted, MPP will be terminated.

The Administration remains committed to building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system that upholds our laws and values. DHS also continues to process individuals in accordance with U.S. law and our mission.

KJ

December 2, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Provisions in Budget Reconciliation Bill Submitted to the Senate Parliamentarian

The latest iteration of immigration provisions in the budget reconciliation bill went to Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, who has rejected previous attempts to include immigration provisions in the bill, yesterday, Suzanne Monyak reports in Roll CallMacDonough will decide whether the provisions, which would grant temporary protections for millions of undocumented immigrants, adhere to the rule that reconciliation bills "primarily impact the federal budget."

Although there is no longer talk of anything like comprehensive immigration reform, the proposal is something.  Stay tuned!

KJ

December 2, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: Citizenship Federalism  by Emily Chertoff

Citizenship Federalism  by Emily Chertoff, Maryland Law Review, Vol. 81, 2022 (Forthcoming)

Abstract

Immigration federalism has attracted overwhelming attention from scholars and advocates in recent years. Despite this, the scholarship has not fully explored the outer limits of states’ power to regulate noncitizens. This Article attempts to provide an account of these outer limits. To do so, it uses as a case study an important group of noncitizens with a complex relationship to state (and national) community. It is the first systematic analysis of the effects of state law on former immigrants to the United States, a group that has grown into the millions with increased deportations and voluntary out-migration. It also offers a novel treatment of two substantive state-law legal issues that are harming these millions of former immigrants.

Building on these descriptive observations, the Article offers a theoretical framework to guide state immigration law- and policymaking that emphasizes states’ powers to define community differently than the federal government. This framework, which the Article names “citizenship federalism” to highlight its linkages to and divergences from the antecedent concept of “immigration federalism,” focuses attention on states’ power to adopt different underlying values and criteria than the federal system does when deciding which noncitizens to place within the boundaries of community. This Article focuses on states’ power to challenge federal law’s reliance on territoriality, which federal law treats as the key boundary determining which noncitizens are within our national community. Citizenship federalism opens up significant possibilities for academics and practitioners alike, both for understanding the states’ role in constructing political and social membership and for moving towards a new generation of state-level immigration policy and advocacy.

KJ

December 2, 2021 in Current Affairs, Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Immigration @ AALS 2022

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Registration for the AALS conference is up and running.

This year's conference features a number of exciting panels on immigration:

  • Wednesday January 5, 3:10 – 4:25 PM (Eastern): The Crisis of Afghanistan
  • Thursday January 6, 3:10 – 4:25 PM (Eastern): Law Students and Faculty Rising to the Challenge: Responding to the Afghan Crisis
  • Friday, January 7, 2-3 PM (Eastern): Immigration Law social
  • Friday, January 7, 3:10-4:25 PM (Eastern): Immigrant Advocacy Inside and Outside Agencies, Courts, and Legislatures
  • Friday, January 7, 4:45-6:00 PM (Eastern): New Voices in Immigration Law. This WIP session will focus on papers by Sabrina Balgamwalla (ICE Transfers as a Dimension of Immigration Detention) and Faiza W. Sayed (Secret Law at the Board of Immigration Appeals). Papers will be distributed ahead of time to readers -- just contact me about it.
  • Saturday, January 8, 3:10-4:25 PM (Eastern): Immigration, Equality, and Security: The Biden Administration’s First Year and Beyond. This is our section's plenary session and will feature discussion with the Director of USCIS Ur M. Jaddou (!!!!!) and Amanda Frost (American WCL), moderated by Lucas Guttentag (Stanford). Woot. Woot.

-KitJ

December 1, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0)

Immigration Article of the Day: What is exploitation and workplace abuse?’ A classification schema to understand exploitative workplace behaviour towards migrant workers by Anna Boucher

The Immigration Article of the Day was just published in New Political Economy by Dr. Anna Boucher and titled: "What is exploitation and workplace abuse?’ A classification schema to understand exploitative workplace behaviour towards migrant workers."

Here is the abstract:

Migrant workers and domestic workers more broadly, suffer multiple forms of exploitation but the interaction of these forms lacks theorisation. The scholarship on exploitation includes modern slavery studies, Marxism and aligned accounts of unfreedom that help clarify the position of migrant workers. Yet, none of these accounts exhaust the array of exploitative practices that migrant workers face and these approaches often privilege economic violations over other types. This paper argues that a five-type classification schema – adding criminal infringement, denial of leave entitlements, safety violations and discrimination to economic violations – best encompasses the exploitation that migrant workers experience. Drawing upon a new database of 907 court cases litigated by 1912 migrant workers in four countries, it demonstrates that while economic violations predominate they often interact with these other four types of abuse. It suggests that both policy analysis and theoretical accounts of exploitation and abuse should address a broader array of workplace violations, which may provide a jumping-off point for further empirical studies of exploitation.

IE

December 1, 2021 in Law Review Articles & Essays | Permalink | Comments (0)

CMS Webinar on pending legislation for legalization (December 9, 2021) - VIRTUAL

Please join the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) and the Ready to Stay Coalition from 1:00 – 2:15 ET on December 9th for a webinar and discussion of the forthcoming CMS report, Ready to Stay: A Comprehensive Analysis of the US Foreign-Born Populations Eligible for Special Legal Status Programs and for Legalization under Pending Bills.

The report’s authors, Donald Kerwin, José Pacas, and Robert Warren, will share key findings, data methodology, and policy recommendations. Angelica Salas, CHIRLA and Nicole Melaku, NPNA will share remarks on behalf of the Ready to Stay Coalition.

CMS panel on legalization

MHC

December 1, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Book Talk: Driving While Brown: Sheriff Jeff Arpaio Versus the Latino Resistance

For more than a decade Arizona has been among the most prominent—if not the most prominent—site of the contested politics of immigration. To reflect on Arizona’s place in the development of immigration law and policy, Cesar Garcia Hernandez, Ohio State (formerly Denver Sturm Law School), will speak with Jude Joffe-Block and Terry Greene Sterling about their new book Driving While Brown: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Versus the Latino Resistance. NPR recently included the book in its list of best books of 2021. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 7, at 12:00 pm Eastern during an hour-long event called Chronicling Arizona’s Immigration Politics and is part of the Charlas on Migration series. It is free, open to the public, and accessible online, but registration is required.

MHC (h/t CGH)

December 1, 2021 in Books, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

No Holds Barred in the U.S. Congress? Another video shows Rep. Lauren Boebert suggesting Rep. Ilhan Omar was terrorist

 

CNN reports that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) suggested to a crowd last September that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), whom she called "black-hearted" and "evil," was a terrorist. She also said that she felt safe around Omar because the Democrat wasn't wearing a backpack while they were in an elevator together. It was another instance in which Boebert suggested Omar, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, was a terrorist.

On Monday, the two lawmakers sent dueling statements about a phone call between the pair set up by Boebert after she apologized last week to "to anyone in the Muslim community I offended," when similar comments surfaced on social media.

The video of Boebert's anti-Muslim comments, made in New York at a September Staten Island Conservative Party dinner, were posted on Facebook that month by an attendee. Rep. Boebert suggested Rep. Ilhan Omar was terrorist in anti-Muslim remarks at event "One of my I staffers, on his first day with me, got into an elevator in the Capitol. And in that elevator, we were joined by Ilhan Omar," Boebert told the crowd in September. "It was just us three in there and I looked over and I said, well, lookey there, it's the Jihad Squad. "She doesn't have a backpack, she wasn't dropping it and running so we're good," Boebert adds, through laughter and applause from the crowd. At the September event, Boebert also disparaged Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Minnesota, another Muslim member of Congress. "Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. These are just black-hearted evil women," Boebert said.

Yesterday, Boebert and Omar spoke on the phone. "I have reflected on my previous remarks, now as a strong Christian woman who values faith deeply I never want anything I say to offend someone's religion," Boebert said in a video posted to Instagram. Boebert said Omar asked her to publicly apologize which she would not do and instead challenged Omar to issue an apology of her own for some of the comments she has made in the past.

After the call, Omar appeared with Reps. Andre Carson and Rashida Tlaib, the two other Muslim members of the House, calling on Republican leadership to condemn Boebert for her conduct. During the press conference, Omar shared a graphic voicemail she says she received hours after her phone call with Boebert:

"We see you Muslim sand [n-word] b****. We know what you're up to. You're all about taking over our country. Don't worry, there's plenty that will love the opportunity to take you off the face of this f****** Earth. Come get it, b****, you f****** Muslim piece of s***. You jihadist. We know what you are. You're a f****** traitor. You will not live much longer," a male voice is heard saying. The message goes on to talk about "we the people" "rising up" and Omar appearing before a military tribunal.

Representative Omar released the following statement about the controversy.

KJ

December 1, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

International Organization for Migration, World Migration Report 2022

 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) today launched its flagship World Migration Report 2022 which reveals a dramatic increase in internal displacement due to disasters, conflict and violence at a time when global mobility ground to a halt due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

"We are witnessing a paradox not seen before in human history,” said IOM's Director General António Vitorino. “While billions of people have been effectively grounded by COVID-19, tens of millions of others have been displaced within their own countries.”

The number of air passengers globally dropped 60 per cent in 2020 to 1.8 billion (down from 4.5 billion in 2019) while at the same time internal displacement due to disaster, conflict and violence rose to 40.5 million (up from 31.5 million in 2019).

The report draws upon the latest data from around the world to explain key migration trends as well as issues that are emerging on the migration policy horizon.

The report can be downloaded here.

KJ

December 1, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Southern Poverty Law Center Podcast: The Unwelcome -- Hate Along the U.S./Mexico Border

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Today the Southern Poverty Law Center launched “The Unwelcome,” the fifth episode from season three of its latest Sounds Like Hate podcast series. The episode looks at migrant mistreatment and deaths; humanitarians fighting for better conditions for migrants; and extremist activity on the U.S. southern border. 

Here is a description of the episode:

"In Part I of `The Unwelcome,' we’re on the southern border in Arizona, where armed militia groups stalk migrants traversing harsh desert conditions. In some cases, militia members arm themselves with guns, scopes and motion activated video cameras seek to capture migrants and destroy their water sources, putting migrants’ lives at an even steeper risk. These militias have even harassed humanitarian organizations who help migrants, claiming their activities are patriotic. Despite decades of Civil Rights triumphs, migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. are subjected to torment by these militias without the same protections under the law that U.S. citizens are afforded. "

KJ

November 30, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thousands comment on DACA proposed rule

The Biden administration's proposed rule to reinforce the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program has attracted more than 15,000 responses ahead of the deadline for public comments, with many calling for broader changes than the regulations set out [Updated count on November 30, 2021]. Comments can be viewed here; they were due November 29, 2021.

 

MHC

November 30, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

ACUS Panels on expanding access to regulatory agencies

The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) will host two panels on expanding access to regulatory agencies.

November 29, is the final panel in the ACUS Forum on Underserved Communities and the Regulatory Process. Sidney Shapiro will moderate a panel, Expanding on Efforts to Engage with Underserved Communities, featuring J. Latrice Hill (Farm Service Agency), Amit Narang (Public Citizen), and Viviana Westbrook (Catholic Legal Immigration Network). The panel takes place 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET.

Panelists will examine ways agencies can ensure that they incorporate the perspectives of underserved communities, that members of underserved communities feel confident their perspectives are meaningfully considered, and that initial community-engagement efforts function as building blocks for more durable relationships and regular engagement. Register here to attend.

A related forum, Enhancing Public Input in Agency Rulemaking, takes place this Wednesday, December 1, from 1 – 4 pm ET. Through two panels and additional remarks, leading experts will consider what types of public input are most valuable to agencies and how agencies can structure the rulemaking process to receive that input. Panelists will examine best practices under the notice-and-comment process and possible reforms that would enhance the value of public input.

A complete program appears below and online. Register here to attend.

MHC

November 30, 2021 in Conferences and Call for Papers, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Broken Promise: Biden Administration’s continued use of Title 42 expulsions

Guest blogger: Justin Colón, law student, University of San Francisco:

At the onset of the pandemic, the Trump Administration (through the CDC) authorized US Customs and Border Protection to immediately remove anyone entering the country (without having to follow the usual process required for removal) in order to prevent the spread of COVID. These Title 42 removals could occur even if the removed individual had a valid asylum, humanitarian, or other claims for entry into the US. Thus, Title 42 has been used to sidestep the usual removal and asylum process contained in the INA. While the CDC order regarding Title 42 does not apply to [2]  Prior the use of Title 42, migrants who attempted to enter at the border would either be subject to a Credible Fear Interview if seeking asylum or, if they successfully entered without inspection, would receive a formal notice of deportation/removal. Instead, BP agents would take migrant’s biometric information and perform a health check for COVID symptoms before the migrant is removed to their country of origin. Despite Title 42’s ostensibly public health justification, experts at the CDC stated that the new removal policy would actually do little to limit the spread of COVID. As with most immigration policies, migrants from Mexico and Central America were those primarily affected.What exactly is Title 42? Title 42 authorizes the Surgeon General (now the CDC), acting in accordance with regulations approved by the President, to prohibit, in part or whole, the entry of any person into the US in order to prevent the spread of communicable disease.[1] Originally enacted in 1944, Title 42 was rarely used until the COVID-19 pandemic for obvious reasons. While on its face, the use of Title 42 to prohibit entry into the US ostensibly reads as sound policy, the reality is, as always, much more complicated.

One of Biden’s many campaign promises was to end the various draconic Trump-era immigration policies. The Biden Administration’s commitment to this promise (or lack thereof) is best reflected by the continued use of Title 42 to remove migrants at the border, stating that it is “necessary to limit the spread of the coronavirus.” The numbers of migrants expelled under Title 42 are alarming—in the 2021 fiscal year among the more than 1.7 million people detained by BP, 61% were expelled under Title 42.[3] While the original Title 42 order has been amended several times[4] the order remains largely the same as previous orders under the Trump Administration. Perhaps the most concerning issue is the potential to use Title 42 to remove lawful permanent residents and even citizens[5]. Courts have noted that the power the government claims under Title 42 as “breathtaking broad” and circumvents Congress’s plenary power to remove non-citizens.[6] Here, the public health justifications for continued use of Title 42 to deny entry and remove migrants at the border is not supported by the science and politically motivated.[7] Most public health experts agree that is the unvaccinated—and not migrants entering into the US—that are driving the rise in new COVID infections. The continued use of Title 42 fuels the rhetoric that migrants are the cause for new infections and in an era of hype-partisanship is detrimental to comprehensive immigration reform and policy. 

With the constant threat of new coronavirus variants and no end in sight to the ongoing pandemic, the continued use of Title 42 to ostensibly protect “public health” has the potential to dramatically shape immigration policies going forward. Public health policy must reflect scientific data and not be fueled by political rhetoric. Title 42 prevents those with valid asylum claims or humanitarian claims form seeking those forms of relief. This flies in the face of the current administrations claim that the Title 42 restrictions protect the migrants themselves—many of those fleeing persecution will be returned to the very source of their prosecution. How this protects migrants is a mystery to me. The Biden Administration needs to honor its promise to those seeking entry into the US, many of whom have valid asylum claims, and stop the use of Title 42 removals.

 

[1] 42 U.S.C. § 265

[2] A Guide to Title 42 Expulsions at the Border – Fact Sheet, AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL (Oct. 15, 2021).

[3] https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/southwest-land-border-encounters-by-component

[4] Most importantly, under the current administration’s interpretation, unaccompanied minors are exempt from a Title 42 removal. Parents traveling with their children and single adults are still blocked from entering the country.

[5] See Final Rule, 85 Fed. Reg. at 56,448

[6] See P.J.E.S. by and through Escobar Francisco v. Wolf, 502 F.Supp.3d 492 at 539 (D.D.C 2020), (granting injunction to class of plaintiffs, consisting of unaccompanied minors, which enjoined the government from expelling the class members from Title 42 expulsion.)

[7] See Anika Baskter, MD, et.al, Letter to CDC Director Walensky, HHS Secretary Becerra, and DHS Secretary Mayorkas on the August 2021 Title 42 Order (Sept. 1, 2021); See also Dr. Anthony Fauci  Oct. 3 CNN interview (“My feeling [on Title 42] has always been that focusing on immigrants, expelling them … is not the solution to an outbreak.”)

bh

November 30, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

At the Movies: Found (Netflix). A guest post by Minyao Wang, Esq.

 

Guest Post by Minyao Wang, Esq.

I highly recommend the Netflix documentary “Found.”  It does an outstanding job of raising complex questions about identity, inclusion, representation and tracing one’s roots in the context of transracial adoption.  The film opens with a Jewish-American family from Seattle celebrating the bat mitzvah of their daughter.  The teenager, Chloe Lipitz, was adopted from China when she was 15 months old.  Chloe soon discovers via genetic testing that she has two biological cousins, Sadie Mangelsdorf of Nashville and Lily Bolka of Oklahoma City, who have also been separately adopted by Americans in the mid-2000s.  The cousins’ improbable arrivals in the United States can be traced to China’s one-child policy which has been enforced with the brutality that only a totalitarian system can muster.  State-sponsored coercion, including the frequent use of physical violence, combined with the country’s deep poverty and traditional preference for boys, has forced many Chinese parents to abandon their newly-born baby girls in public places.  The Chinese government scoops up the foundlings and “off-loads” the healthier ones to foreign families in exchange for a “donation.”  From 1999 to 2016, almost 300,000 Chinese babies were adopted by parents from the wealthy democracies; about 1/3 of them ended up in the U.S.

With financial and emotional support from their adoptive parents, the three cousins in “Found” launch a journey to learn more about the facts of their birth and subsequent abandonment.  They hire an English-speaking researcher based in Beijing, Liu Hao, as their eyes and ears on the ground.  Ms. Liu is only a few years older than her clients.  It does not take much to locate candidates who could be the cousins’ biological parents, based on when and where they abandoned their baby girls years ago in a town situated 150 miles northwest of Hong Kong.  Ms. Liu takes their saliva samples to see if there is a genetic match (no spoilers here!).  Adding to the dystopian theme, Ms. Liu discloses on camera that as a baby she too was almost abandoned by her parents.  As for Chole, Sadie and Lily, their bewilderment while in China is palpable.  For them, visiting China is like walking into a parallel universe--the very different lives that would have been theirs had there been no adoption.  Tell-tale signs of a chronic food shortage are everywhere.  In the land of their birth, the comfortable American middle-class life that they each enjoy is simply unimaginable.

The adoption of Chinese baby girls by American families is one direct U.S. immigration consequence of China’s draconian family planning program.  Another consequence is the amendment by Congress in 1996 of the refugee definition to provide asylum protection to Chinese parents who have been forced by their government to undergo an abortion or sterilization (that is worthy of a separate post in the future!).  

KJ

November 30, 2021 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Proposed DACA Rule Attracts More Than 9000 Comments

According to the news reports, the Biden administration's proposed rule attracted more than 9,300 responses ahead of  yesterday's deadline for comments.

A coalition of 24 state attorneys general led by California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed comments in support of DACA.  "While congressional action is needed to permanently address the treatment of individuals who arrived in the United States as children, have grown up and gone to school here, and know only the United States as home, the proposed rule is an important step to address the pressing needs of grantees, their families, their communities, and their states pending such legislation," the attorneys general wrote.  Representing states including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., the comments touted the benefits afforded the states by DACA recipients.  A copy of the comment letter is available here.
 
Update (November 30) (2:45 P.M. PST):  The University of California, which successfully challenged the Trump administration's attempt to rescind DACA submitted comments on the proposed DACA rule.  See here and here.
 
KJ

 

November 30, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

News Reports: New Caravan Heads North From Southern Mexico

 

Beginning in the Trump administration, reports of caravans of migrants from the South have regularly (for example, here and here) made the news.  With caravan reports so consistently in the news and with so little ultimately coming of them, it is difficult to know whether the caravan reports should be of much concern to Americans or, for that matter, in the news.

Jose Luis Gonzalez for Reuters reports offers the latest caravan report:

"Some 2,000 migrants and asylum seekers departed the southern Mexican city of Tapachula near the Guatemalan border overnight on Sunday in the latest in a series of caravans setting out for the United States. . . . The majority of its members were families from Central America and the Caribbean fleeing violence, poverty and growing hunger crises in their home countries. . . . For months, migrants and human rights advocates have denounced the `prison-like' conditions in Tapachula. Under Mexican rules, migrants must wait to process their claims - often for months - before being able to relocate to other parts of the country without fear of deportation. . . . Last week, the Mexican government transported hundreds of migrants from Tapachula to other states in efforts to head off the formation of more caravans. But tens of thousands of migrants still remain in the city."

As the latest Mexican government response to migrants suggests, it has been cooperating with the United States on immigration enforcement.  The U.S. government has sought Mexico to attempt to reduce migration from the South

KJ

November 30, 2021 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)