Category Archives: Immigration

Framing Immigration: A Response to the NYT

The New York Times (NYT) published a brief piece over the weekend exploring the paper’s use of language in articles touching on immigration. It draws its inspiration from an in-depth article published on Tuesday that aimed to profile the 11-million individuals living without papers in

Haitians at the Border: Shifting Priorities

At the heart of a story emblematic of the bewildering confluence of rapidly evolving economic struggles and social identities occurring currently in the Americas is a group of migrants living in Tijuana, Baja California, near the Mexican-United States border. They have been grouped together as

President Obama’s Criminal Justice Legacy: What Went Wrong

Last month, President Obama published a commentary in the Harvard Law Review (HLR) titled “The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice.”1 Noting that American presidents “can exert substantial influence over the criminal justice system,” he highlighted reform efforts from the last eight years, including: encouraging

Double Punishment: Deportation After Incarceration

In 2013, over 73,000 individuals in US state or federal prisons were not US citizens. That figure represented roughly 5% percent of those institutions’ population at the time. Many, if not most, of those individuals face deportation upon completing their sentence. I first became aware

A Damning Window Inside Immigration Courts

News emerged this week about various accusations made against justices in US immigration courts. While the headlines were consumed by news that the specific identities of the justices had been accidentally disclosed, perhaps the more alarming information contained within the stories is the functioning of

NAFTA & Economic Migrants

With Trump’s erratic statements and policymaking continuing to gather steam, it is worth keeping in mind the assumed and actual relationship between the North American Free Trade Agreement and rates of economic migrants (or “illegal aliens”, as he would prefer to deem them) to the