US: Asylum as a Tool of Exclusion

Daniel Melo Asylum, on its face, would seem to be a word of welcome to those fleeing violence. In the US, its connotation within immigration law is tied to the acquisition of legal status, of the ability to remain, sheltered from the harm one is fleeing from. The oft-quoted lines of Emma Lazarus’s The New…

Imperialism and Immigration: The Connections We Need to Make

Abraham Márquez “We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it” was the tweet birthed by billionaire Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla Motors, July 25, in reference to the right-wing coup forced upon the Bolivian people at the hands of Wall Street. The reason? Lithium. U.S. imperial history is vast, dating…

You Can’t Go Home Again: A Convergence of Calamities

Nick Turse Record Numbers of War-Displaced to Be Dwarfed by Those Driven From Their Homes by Climate Change. I saw them for only a few seconds. One glimpse and they were gone. The young woman wore a brown headwrap, a yellow short-sleeved shirt, and a long pink, red, and blue floral-patterned skirt. She held the…

The “Nobodies” with a Human Face

Sergio Ferrari Human beings without identity or coordinates. Hidden and phantasmagoric figures scattered in all regions of the planet. Unclassified, necessary, sometimes indispensable, almost always ‘disposable’. Second-class citizens, the 272 million migrants worldwide, fuel passions and stir up xenophobic discourses with electoral calculations in much of the planetary geography. They make up a sector highly…

Whitewashing the Destruction of Libya

Nu’man Abd al-Wahid The British, both left and right, simply do not want to acknowledge the role their government played in destroying Libya and the attendant migration crises. “The destruction of Libya caused the first migration flow across the Mediterranean into Europe.” Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe identifies three waves of migration to western Europe…

Central American Migration: Causes and Challenges

Pablo Jofre Leal What drives millions of human beings to travel long distances, to cross mountains, to ford rivers, to walk in the humid heat or endure torrential rains, to leave their homes, their families, the social environment in which they live, to seek new horizons, better prospects in life? When this question is asked…

ICE Deploys Paramilitary Units Against Sanctuary Cities

Daniel G. Cardwell Border Patrol Tactical Units (BORTAC) are carrying M4 rifles with silencers. In the wake of plainclothes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents shooting an unarmed tourist from Mexico, President Donald Trump deployed a hundred members of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) — the Border Patrol’s equivalent to SWAT police — to…

Families Fleeing from Guatemala: A Case of Corporate and State Aggression

Marc Pilisuk, Jennifer Rountree and Rebecca Ferencik In its attempt to stem a spike in the number of Latin American men, women, and children traveling to the U.S., an unprecedented number of them seeking asylum, the Trump administration has pushed Guatemala and other countries in the region to sign “safe third country” agreements. The U.S….