Daily Dispatch 9/20/18

A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

September 20, 2018


Evacuation and transfer of ICE detainees in Florence’s path amplify dehumanizing treatment.

South Carolina investigating deaths of two women who drowned in the back of a police van while being transported in the midst of hurricane Florence.

Related: Animosity builds between FEMA and DHS chiefs.

Island Nature:

A Tale of Two Hurricanes: 120 years of colonialism in Puerto Rico.

Ricardo Rossello, Governor of Puerto Rico, asks for statehood, enumerates multiple errors in a State Department request to dismiss an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights investigation into  U.S. human rights violations in Puerto Rice.

Statehood for Puerto Rico is not only about realizing Puerto Rico’s full potential. It is about America living up to its most noble values by creating a more perfect Union.

One year later, the country reflects on politics, medical care, energy, domestic violence, and economics in post-Maria Puerto Rico.

The Courts:

Jeff Sessions does away with judicial discretion altogether – ruling that immigration judges can no longer dismiss or terminate cases unless directed to by DHS.

Sessions has also referred a case to himself to decide whether asylum seekers have the right to bond hearings or whether they should remain in detention while awaiting decisions.

29 immigration judges handling 72,000 cases in Los Angeles – but head of national association says more judges isn’t the answer.

For our legal nerds: Public Schools, Unauthorized Immigrants, and the Overlooked Import of Plyler v. Doe.

The Fool:

“It’s like perfect.” Trump’s takeaway from 9/11 memorial ceremony in Shanksville, PA? What a great wall!

They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania, Shanksville. What they did is incredible. They have a series of walls, I’m saying, it’s like perfect. So, we are pushing very hard [for the border wall].

Building a border wall is hard. “Who knew?”

Trump threatens to do “very impressive” “things” on immigration in the next two weeks. White House official says the “very impressive” “things” will be minor adjustments – “none of it will result in major changes.”

The Congress:

Congress debates Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Flores agreement in order to detain children indefinitely.

The Cops:

ICE sees 66% increase in noncriminal arrests in 2018.

193 Central American migrants detained yesterday in remote Arizona desert.

The States:

Arizona revokes licenses for 13 Southwest Key shelters housing migrant children for failing to conduct background checks after sexual abuse charges.

Two Iowa murders reveal the nativist motives behind conservative exploitative rhetoric.

California to legalize street vending to protect undocumented immigrants from detention.

The People:

From NPR: A Guatemalan Village Tells the Story of Immigration to the US.

Why Chris Richardson left a sweet life as US diplomat in Europe to become an immigration lawyer in Tennessee.

Report shows that religious conservatives are more liberal on race and immigration than secular conservatives.

The Response:

“Dear White People” or “The Caucacity of Nope”: A journalist responds to University of Maryland’s “safe space for white students.”

genuine empathy… starts with a taste of what it is like to be constantly questioned, analyzed and made to feel like an “other.”


Quinnipiac poll shows 67% of Americans believe NFL players have the right to protest.

Nikes, Levis, Guns, Protests, and Corporate Persons – it’s complicated – or is it just marketing?

Remember that pastor that cut up his Nike sweatband? This writer explores the white evangelical nationalism that conflates conservative politics, patriotism, and faith.



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