Trump and the Reality at the Border

(From the Center for Migration Studies) In this op-ed, Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), writes that President Trump uses “grotesque and inhumane rhetoric” to make the public think that the individuals and families fleeing horrific violence and poverty in Central America are criminals and terrorists coming to harm Americans. In regards to the migrant caravan, President Trump’s “blatant effort to stoke more xenophobia and fear” ignores the fact that the caravan is “mostly ordinary men, women and children — part of a long tradition of families coming to the United States to make their lives better.” Furthermore, Trump’s characterization of the situation at the US-Mexico border is misleading. Although arrests along the border have increased since Trump took office, they are “well below the historic peaks of two decades ago.” 

The Refugee Caravan

In this piece by the New Yorker's Jonathan Blitzer, the root causes and emergence of the refugee crisis in Central America which led to this most recent exodus is explored in an easy-to-understand, relatable manner. Blitzer humanizes the refugees and helps readers understand what the decision to flee was like for many of those traveling with the caravan.

Administration Denying Asylum

This article evaluates the power of the President within current law to use an executive order to effectively close the US-Mexico Border. The author offers multiple legal arguments in support of an in opposition to the use of executive orders as proposed by the Trump Administration to deny the migrants currently traveling through Mexico as part of the Honduran/Central American exodus the right to seek asylum in the US.

Honduran Refugee March

A Refugee Crisis Caused by US Policy and US Partners: On October 12, 2018, hundreds of women, men, children, youth and the elderly decided to leave Honduras as a desperate response to survive. This article calls for respect of the human dignity of these migrants, while outlining the impact of US policy in creating the current crisis.

San Óscar Romero and Immigration Reform

This weekend, the Catholic Church celebrated the canonization of Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero, who has for decades been popularly recognized as a saint for the poor and marginalized. This 2017 article details American Catholic efforts to use Archbishop Romero’s legacy to engage in the struggle for just immigration reform.

Civility Can Be Dangerous

This article explores when "tolerance" is a value and when it is not. This is a personally challenging read that offers an opportunity to evaluate the ways we support and sustain systems of oppression when we value keeping the peace over interrupting the damage of those systems. What is the role of nonviolence in fighting for peace? How can we become co-creators of justice? 

Disappeared Students

September 26 marked the four-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Tragically, the victims’ families are still searching for answers about the fate of their missing loved ones, who were attacked by Mexican security forces and forcibly disappeared. The Peña Nieto government defends its thoroughly discredited theory about the tragedy, but the incoming administration of president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with victims’ families and committed to finding the missing students. 

DHS Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a special report this week revealing its findings following an investigation into the Trump administration’s contentious family separation policy. The report found that DHS was “not fully prepared to implement the Zero Tolerance Policy.”

Considering Colonization

It is important that we continue to assess our role in decolonization, anti-racism, faith, truth-telling, the impacts of colonization and the ways we contribute to continuing oppressive systems and more. This article presents a recap and guide to a series of conversations to help us reflect deeper on these issues.