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Monday, September 24, 2018

With Shelters Under Threat, Crisis Looms For Migrant Kids

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

Arizona health officials threatened on Wednesday to revoke the licenses of 13 federally funded immigrant children shelters, accusing the facilities’ operator, Southwest Key, of displaying an “astonishingly flippant attitude” toward complying with the state’s child protection laws.

But a day after the state sent its blistering letter to Southwest Key CEO Juan Sanchez, it became clear that any shutdown would create a tumultuous chain of events for federal and state regulators, who lack options for housing tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who cross the border every year.

“Shutting down the shelters would create a crisis for the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is charged with housing children caught at the border,” said Maria Cancian, deputy assistant secretary for policy at the U.S.



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Can We Have A Sensible Immigration Policy?

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

What would a sensible immigration policy look like? It would have three goals: be humane, enforce the laws and meet America’s need for labor. This can happen only if our political fringes get out of the way.

Some on the far right simply don’t like most of the immigrants, mainly because of their color. There’s little room for discussion here. Today’s immigrants come from everywhere. They are essential to our economy. And they’re every bit as good as the people who came before.

It does not follow, however, that everyone who wants to come here should be allowed to stay.…

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Acting ICE Chief Addresses Anti-Immigrant ‘Hate Group’

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

Trump has moved the Republican Party away from dog-whistle racism, preferring instead to be openly hostile toward immigrants and non-white people in general.

And Ronald Vitiello, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is following Trump’s lead by attending an annual media event sponsored by an anti-immigrant hate group.

Vitiello attended the “Holding Their Feet to the Fire” media event hosted by FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has designated as an anti-immigrant hate group.

FAIR’s leaders have ties to white supremacists, and their ads have been rejected in the past for being racist.…

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