Daily Dispatch 8/28/18

A series in which we (will aspire to) offer a sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

August 28, 2018

The Detainees:

The stories of four women living in an Ohio jail after ICE workplace raid – and the financial motivations these local facilities have for contracting with ICE.

Immigrant detainees announce their decision to join the nationwide prison strike, stating that they are being used as “slave labor” for private prison companies.

Investigations after baby dies of viral pneumonitis after being released with her mother from Texas detention center.

ICE moves unaccompanied minors from shelters to detention centers on their 18th birthday – immigration attorneys file suit claiming violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

Interview with journalist and author Andrea Pitzer, who labels immigrant detention center “concentration camps” in her new book One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps.

The Enforcers:

Stateless Mauritanians being deported by ICE to the country that stripped them of citizenship and allows tens of thousands of its residents to be held in slavery.

Attorneys and advocates condemn “surprise” ICE arrest at Sacramento Superior Court hearing, citing the chilling effect this could have on victims and witnesses across the state.

Half of Oregon’s sheriffs sign a letter asking for a repeal of the state’s sanctuary city law, which prohibits state and local enforcement of federal immigration laws.

The World:

Examining Theresa May’s “hostile environment” strategy for curbing illegal immigration in the UK.

The Politics:

Trump’s extremist rhetoric on immigration sparks a wave of Muslim-American candidates for office.

The Good News:

All-Latino school district in McAllen, TX gets rare A grade from Texas Education Agency, earning all seven state distinctions, despite the stress of “zero tolerance”

The Legacy:

A look back at the McCain-Kennedy bill and John McCain’s “complicated legacy” on immigration. And this opinion piece on “John McCain and the tragic transformation of the Republican Party, which quotes the following from McCain’s recently published memoir:

Something this country needs to do now, in this political moment, as old fears and animosities that have blighted our history appear to be on the rise again, exploited by opportunists who won’t trouble their careers or their consciences with scruples about honesty or compassion for their fellow man.

Read similar sentiments McCain’s farewell letter, released posthumously at a press conference yesterday.


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