the Web Editors 8-16-2019

Islamophobia in South Asia, 1619 Project, Simone Biles, and more.

Anti-extradition bill protesters use trolleys to stop passengers from entering the security gates during a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye, at the Hong Kong international airport. August 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday after flights were disrupted for a second day as the political crisis in the former British colony deepened.

Rishika Pardikar 8-13-2019

Image via REUTERS/Toby Melville

Mahmood explained that issues such as increasing wealth inequality, and the scapegoating of migrants and refugees, set against the backdrop of the migration ‘crisis’, have led to increasing hostility and incidents of hate crime under the Tories — majority white (97 per cent) and male (71 percent) — members or supporters of U.K.’s Conservative Party.

New American citizens during a naturalization ceremony in New Jersey. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration unveiled a sweeping rule on Monday that would limit legal immigration by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people for being too poor.

the Web Editors 8-09-2019

St. Toni Morrison, El Paso, the Second Gilded Age, and more.


Cyntoia Brown, as featured in the PBS documentary Sentencing Children: The Appeal.

Cyntoia Brown's murder conviction at 16 years of age galvanized A-list celebrities to campaign for criminal justice reform. 

Image via REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Though Juarez is known as a center of cartel- and smuggling-related violence, El Paso is rated on various websites as one of the safest cities in America and among the best places to retire or raise a family. According to KVIA, a local ABC affiliate, it averages 16 murders a year.

the Web Editors 8-02-2019

Linguistics and liberation, climate justice and race, Lil Nas X, and more!

Sarah Little 8-01-2019

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs convened this week to discuss the unprecedented number of migrants at the southern border. As the Senators assembled, three young women stood in unison wearing matching pink shirts and signs with the words “No Racism, No Hate” in bold letters. A police officer informed them they would be arrested if they didn’t sit down. Throughout the often-tense meeting, both Republicans and Democrats acknowledged the direness of the situation at the border, though the committee members diverged about the best way to address the crisis.

Several proposals in Congress are competing to address the backlog of more than 900,000 approved employment-based green card applications by changing the way they are distributed. The House has passed and sent to the Senate a measure that would end country-based caps, which would significantly increase the number of Indian and Chinese green card holders.

Kelly Rissman 7-26-2019

Activists protest the treatment of children in immigration detention outside U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Border Patrol station facilities in Texas. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez

Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) said that there is a “dangerous subculture at the agency that cannot be tolerated and must be addressed.” She was referring to offensive comments in a CBP private Facebook group, allegations of detained children being kicked to wake them up by CBP agents, and reports of abuse and sexual assault of detained migrants by CBP officers.

the Web Editors 7-26-2019

Liberty University’s culture of fear, protests in Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and D.C., Molly of Denali, and more

Father Chris Ponnet speaks during a rally protesting against the death penalty and in favor of immigration reform in 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday reinstated a two-decades long dormant policy allowing the federal government's use of capital punishment and immediately scheduled the executions for five death row federal inmates.

Sandi Villarreal 7-19-2019

Still from the documentary I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye.

Earlier this week, author and former pastor Joshua Harris — whose bestselling book I Kissed Dating Goodbye became go-to courtship advice for a generation of teens raised within 1990s-early 2000s evangelical purity culture — announced via Instagram that he and his wife were separating. In the post, he says, “In recent years, some significant changes have taken place in both of us. It is with sincere love for one another and understanding of our unique story as a couple that we are moving forward with this decision. We hope to create a generous and supportive future for each other and for our three amazing children in the years ahead."

the Web Editors 7-19-2019

If the administration does indeed set the Presidential Determination close to zero come September, this would follow the Trump administration’s trend of increasingly limiting opportunities for U.S. entry to those fleeing violence and persecution — both as asylum seekers and as refugees.

the Web Editors 7-19-2019

Trump’s racist tweets, Wendell Berry, the cats in Cats, and more!

Anna Sutterer 7-19-2019

Sr. Carol Zinn, executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, summoned the image of the Good Samaritan. She said nations will not be judged by their GDP or success on Wall Street, but how they treat the most vulnerable and marginalized.

Katy Reckdahl 7-18-2019

Yvonne Unrau (left), director of the Center for Fostering Success, talks to a student. They hire campus coaches who already understand what it’s like to be in foster care.


Seita Scholars have a 30 percent graduation rate, compared with national averages of 8 percent for former foster children. Maddy Day, a former director of outreach and training for the center, remembers becoming aware of the success of the Seita Scholars program while she worked at a similar program at the University of Washington.

Jenna Barnett 7-17-2019

Photo by Ye Jinghan on Unsplash

This week, a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing on women in the criminal justice system. While women only make up 7 percent of the prison population, the incarceration rate for women has increased at twice the pace as the incarceration rate for men since 1980, disproportionately impacting women of color.

Asylum seekers from Central and South America wait on the Mexican side of the Brownsville/Gateway Bridge. Photo by Reynaldo Leal for The Texas Tribune

It’s not a matter of if, but when, a federal court will strike down the Trump administration’s latest attempt to rewrite laws governing who can receive asylum in the United States, immigration and legal experts said Monday.