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An ICE Raid Has Turned The Lives of Hundreds of Tennessee Kids Upside Down
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An ICE Raid Has Turned The Lives of Hundreds of Tennessee Kids Upside Down

The kids studied less, and acted out more. Their performance in class generally declined. “Young kids are developmentally sensitive to stresses involving family separation, and large-scale raids are an extreme form of that stress,” Nicole Novak, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa, told me. Novak led a studythat examined the birth certificates of children born in Iowa in the year after the raid: among the babies born to Hispanic mothers, there had been a spike in the number who were born abnormally small, a mark of maternal duress during pregnancy. Continue reading

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Do immigrants in ICE detention centers have any human rights at all?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that detained immigrants, even those with lawful permanent resident status and asylum seekers, do not have the right to periodic bond hearings under statutory grounds. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, in a scathing dissent, that this was probably “the first time ever” that the court was holding that a federal law allowed long-term confinement of people on American soil with no opportunity for bond. Though the court sent the case back to lower courts to look further into the issue from a constitutional perspective, the ruling was shocking — especially in light of its potential impact. Continue reading

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Trump Is Undermining His Own Immigration Agenda With Attacks on Mexico

Trump did not specify what he hopes Mexico will do to stop people from coming to the United States, but his administration has been pushing Mexico to adopt a “safe third country” agreement that would allow the United States to return Central American asylum seekers to Mexico, despite significant concerns about Mexico’s ability to protect people fleeing persecution. The United States has a similar agreement with Canada. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement on Monday that her department “encourages persons with asylum or other similar claims to seek protections in the first safe country they enter, including Mexico.” Continue reading