A New Citizen Decides to Leave the Tumult of Trump’s America
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A New Citizen Decides to Leave the Tumult of Trump’s America

I have been thinking lately about a letter that I received from President Barack Obama in the fall of 2011. In it, he offered me his congratulations and praised my determination, in terms that were deeply gratifying, if a little over the top—he told me that I “represent the promise of the American Dream.” Of course, it wasn’t a personal letter; the signature at the bottom was a facsimile. Continue reading

A Texas County Voted to End an Immigrant Detention Contract. ICE May Keep the Facility Open Anyway.
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A Texas County Voted to End an Immigrant Detention Contract. ICE May Keep the Facility Open Anyway.

In late June, amid the uproar over President Donald Trump’s family separation policy, the commissioners of a conservative Texas county voted to end an agreement that allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain about 500 women at the T. Don Hutto detention center near Austin. But ICE may be working to keep the controversial facility open anyway. Continue reading

Trump’s New Strategy to Demonize Immigrants
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Trump’s New Strategy to Demonize Immigrants

Donald Trump’s antipathy to immigrants has been a defining feature of his rise to power and his presidency. He has focused much of that ire, personally and in his policies, on undocumented immigrants. But there are signs he wants to target documented immigrants, too. In February, Reuters reported that the Department of Homeland Security was “considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance.” Continue reading