ICE detention has been expanding under the Trump administration. The new budget deal is set to increase the budget, and therefore the capacity of ICE’s detention programs.
Africa welcomes refugees but freedom, jobs needed: aid groups
By Nita Bhalla
The African Union’s head of state summit discussed the more than 20 million migrants hosted by African nations. The heads of state hope to find a solution to creating job opportunities, implementing legal frameworks, and finding the best use for humanitarian aid.
February 12, 2019
‘No More Xenophobia’: Calif. Governor Criticizes Trump On Immigration
By Ben Adler, Nick Miller
California Governor, Gavin Newsom criticizes Trumps used of xenophobic rhetoric in his first State of the State speech. The speech set the tone for changes Newsom wishes to make in California, including expanding access to Medicaid to immigrants under age 26 living there legally.
February 12, 2019
Rights groups sue Trump admin for making asylum-seekers wait in Mexico
By Joe Raedle
Immigrant rights groups have sued the federal government on a policy requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for their court hearing.
February 9, 2019
Why the Wall Will Never Rise
By Richard Parker
The border wall will reach a snag in Texas and create a quagmire of legal issues for property rights. Border barons have a long history in this part of the country and are well prepared to fight lawyers and the administration.
February 8, 2019
Drugs, violence threaten Rohingya men in world’s largest refugee camp
By Naimul Karim
Lack of economic and education opportunities in the Rohyingya camp have left a void for teenagers. This has created an increased risk for drugs and violence in the camp by at-risk teens.
February 7, 2019
Ann Coulter Goes On Twitter Tirade Against Reporter For Being Asian
By Kimberly Yam
Reporter Eric Hananoki of Media Matters was the subject of a Twitter attack from Ann Coulter after he published a piece on ICE’s senior advisor Jon Freeer’s appreciation of Coulter. The tweets included misinformation about immigration. They also included xenophobic messages about Hanonoki being Asian and a colleague, who stepped to his defense, for being Jewish, stating neither knew anything about racism.
February 7, 2019
Government: WATCH- Trump’s family separation policy under scrutiny in House hearing
By Joshua Barajas
Hearing before the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee regarding child separation policy to assess HHS’ response. Tuesday, February 12 House Judiciary Committee will conduct a hearing on Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Family Separation.
February 7, 2019
Palm oil industry expansion spurs Guatemala indigenous migration
By Jeff Abbott and Sandra Cuffe
Guatemala’s rural farming population faces conflicts over land, inequality, ow wages on plantations, food insecurity and displacement. This has disproportionately impacted the indigenous Q’eqchi’ in the region who are forced to work in the palm industry, where Latin American production has more than doubled since 2000. The land insecurity of the region is a legacy from the former dictator 40 years prior. Now, residents are migrating north, the most recent of which was Jakelin Caal, the young girl who died in detention.
February 6, 2019
In France’s Basque region, police grapple with new migration flashpoint
By Regis Duvignau, Claude Canellas
As Italy closes its borders to new migrants crossing the Mediterranean, head to Spain and then up through France’s Basque region. Border police are unable to monitor all entry points in the region, while towns that are becoming arriving posts are ill equipped to handle the humanitarian situation.
February 5, 2019
‘I want my family with me’: Syrian refugee calls for change to UK immigration rules
By Jamie Grierson
Syrian refugee Ammar Alsakar made the long journey from Syria to the UK after life became too dangerous for him. Forced to leave his family behind, Alsakar has been studying at the London School of Fashion. He hopes to influence the UK rules about family reunification so that he came see his family again.
February 4, 2019
Aid workers race to batten down Rohingya refugee camp with no sign of crisis ending
By Belinda Goldsmith, Naimul Karim
Despite successful efforts to make the Rohingya refugee camp more organized with stronger shelter, sanitation and community work, aid organizations are now scrambling to ensure the camp can sustain itself for the long term. This requires preparing the camp for extreme weather conditions that typically impact the area early spring into the summer.
February 3, 2019
Detained refugee wins top Australian prize for book written on his phone
Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani won a top Australian literary prize for a book, No Friends but the Mountains he wrote on his mobile phone while in detention on Manus Island.
February 1, 2019
Ice force-feeds immigrants inside Texas detention center
By Amanda Holpuch
Immigrants on a hunger strike and in detention in Texas are force fed by ICE. The protest was to stop maltreatment, including verbal abuse and threats of deportation from detention guards.
January 31, 2019
Death toll climbs after migrant boats sink off Djibouti
By Al Jazeera
Two boats that sank off the coast of Djibouti on January 29 caused the death of at least 43 people with more missing. The migrants were risking their lives to cross the Bab al-Maneb strait to Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula for work. Despite facing its own humanitarian crisis, Yemen still receives migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia.