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.

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“What I see Trump and the current administration doing is going down the same path that things started in Nazi Germany,” Avjian said. “I feel that every one of us has to speak up and we can’t let the divisiveness that is permeating our country right now continue.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) speaks at an immigration rally at the temporary installation of a replica of the Statue of Liberty at Union Station in Washington, D.C. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The vote could put Trump's fellow Republicans in an awkward position, forcing them either to vote against their leader, who has strong support among conservative voters, or effectively defend his statements, widely described as racist.

A copy of the Pledge of Allegiance at the government's government's newest holding center for migrant children in Carrizo Springs, Texas July 9, 2019. Eric Gay/Pool via REUTERS

The Trump administration on Monday said it would take steps to make it more difficult for immigrants arriving on the southern border to seek asylum in the United States, putting the onus on them to ask for shelter in other countries.

Matt Reynolds 7-12-2019

Image via the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General/ REUTERS

Ocasio-Cortez insisted on being sworn in, taking the unusual step after several Republicans on the panel sought to blame conditions at border patrol stations on what they said was Democratic inacmition on drug cartels and other criminals trying to enter the country illegally with children.

the Web Editors 7-12-2019

Megan Rapinoe, Iran, violent Buddhists, Latinx politics, and more!

Kelly Rissman 7-11-2019

Yazmin Juarez, mother of 19-month-old Mariee, who died after detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), testifies before a House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services hearing. REUTERS/Erin Scott

Yazmin Juárez, a Guatemalan asylum seeker, told a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee that her 19-month-old daughter died because of medical negligence at a federal detention center in Texas.

Undocumented immigrant families walk from a bus depot to a respite center after being released from detention in McAllen, Texas, U.S., July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The threatened raids have rattled immigrant communities and come after apprehensions of migrants on the southwest border hit a 13-year high in May before easing in June as Mexico increased immigration enforcement.

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Juanita Cabrera Lopez, executive director of the International Mayan League and one of the organizers of the rally, said conditions have worsened since the nationwide protest against family separation last June. After the photo of a drowned Salvadoran father and daughter was published last week, Lopez said, the community became even more outraged.

Lu Zhao 7-03-2019

The Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group promoting programs to eliminate homelessness, found that among homeless adults who identify with the gender they had at birth, 48 percent do not have any type of shelter. That compares with 56 percent of homeless transgender adults who had no place to sleep or live. The largest percentage of shelterless, homeless adults based on gender were nonbinary or genderqueer — identifying with neither of the two main genders.

the Web Editors 7-03-2019

The miracle of migration, writers on the border, James Dobson’s dangerous rhetoric, and more!

Sarah Little 7-03-2019

Advocacy groups MoveOn, United We Dream, the American Friends Service Committee, and Families Belong Together collectively hosted peaceful protest gatherings across the U.S. on July 2, calling on members of Congress to defund border detention centers immediately and #CloseTheCamps. The masses who protested outside the White House were not daunted when heavy rains greeted their chants.

Pens are available at an even to mark the one-year-out launch of the 2020 census efforts in Boston,  April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

In a stinging defeat for President Donald Trump, his administration ended its effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census, saying that it will begin printing forms that do not include the contentious query. But, nevertheless, Trump later indicated he would still try to get the "most vital" question included on the questionnaire.

Image via Ebony Curry and Kelly Rissman 

“ICE is coming into our communities and tearing apart families and tearing apart our community on a regular basis, and they did so just again last week,” Sanctuary DMV organizer Ben Beachy said. “We need our D.C. elected officials to make D.C. a real sanctuary city, which means severing all ties with ICE.”

Image via REUTERS/Chris Keane

The ruling, authored by Chief justice John Roberts, delivered a huge setback to election reformers who had hoped the court would intervene over a growing trend in which parties that control state legislatures use the electoral district line-drawing process to cement their grip on power and dilute the voting power of people who support the rival party.