Dear Loyal Readers,
You’ve surely been wondering about the radio silence not emanating from the Quixote Center over the past couple of weeks.
Well, don’t worry.
We weren’t raptured, we were just switching web hosts.
Our site was down for a bit, but we’re back up and running now – so… time to get back to business.
A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.
October 8, 2018
We’ll learn more about the newest Supreme Court Justice as he hears his first case on the court: Nielsen v. Preap, which challenges the government’s effort to detain immigrants without a hearing. Where he falls on this case will shed light on “Keg-Stand” Kavanaugh’s views not only on immigrant rights but on the extent of executive power. (More coverage here.)
A preliminary injunction pauses the government’s plans to end TPS for Haiti (which suffered an earthquake this weekend), Nicaragua (which has experienced great unrest in recent months), El Salvador (where things are awful as usual), and Sudan (ditto). Judge Chen is also expected to decide against the government in his final ruling.
Aid slowly reaches worker camps in North Carolina, where fears of ICE enforcement left immigrant farmworkers stranded and flooded out by hurricane Florence. (North Carolina has the third highest number of 287(g) counties, after Texas and Georgia.)
The Teamsters surround a California detention centers with 18-wheelers to protest the end of TPS.
A linguist examines the origins of the word “illegal” and all of its attendant baggage.
Another effect of HHS’s agreement to share information regarding immigration status of sponsor’s entire household to ICE: “In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas” (NYT).
And speaking of the new HHS rules, this mother is filing suit against the agency to get her 14-year-old daughter released from detention.
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