"It’s easy to think of the border as some remote, far-off place, but the truth is that there are detention centers in nearly every state."
At the border, survivors of violence present their scarred bodies as testimony.
I would have thought we would welcome a pro-democracy activist.
In Tijuana, we witnessed the resilience and humanity of the migrant movement.
A Guatemalan asylum seeker has an attorney and a team of supporters. It was still hard to get her children back.
The Trump administration's treatment of vulnerable migrants—particularly children—is neither fair nor humane.
In the hands of coercive power, the Bible is a weapon.
After Moises was killed, his brother asked us to write to the American official who denied his asylum claim.
“We weren’t trying to break the law. We were offering humanitarian assistance.”
Last year, the U.S. took thousands of "family units" into custody at the southern border. Nearly every woman cites violence as the reason she fled.
Early last summer, the Obama administration opened a detention center in the remote town of Artesia, New Mexico, in order to detain Central American women who cross the southern border with their children. The facility was a centerpiece of the administration’s policy of family detention, which aims to “send a message,” as Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson said, that asylum seekers from these countries are not welcome.
This week, at a refurbished camp for oil and gas workers, the Department of Homeland Security officially opened a new detention center for women and children who cross the southern U.S. border. In DHS director Jeh Johnson’s view, this is a move to prevent people from crossing the border at all. He wants to stem the tide of “illegal migration,” and he believes that detention is one means to do so. “Frankly, we want to send a message that our border is not open to illegal migration, and if you come here, you should not expect to simply be released,” said Johnson. Let’s look at the positive side for a moment.
Taking in refugees, giving asylum—these are things that generous people from a better place do for helpless people from a worse place. But we aren’t actually better.