Category Archives: Immigration

“Take the Land”: Impeach Him, Impeach Him Now

I’m old enough to remember when conservatives used to get upset when–oh fuck, why do I even bother? (boldface mine) President Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that … Continue reading

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We Have Run Out of Good Choices

There is only deciding which choice is worse. From Takoma, in D.C. (boldface mine): A proposed 200-bed shelter in D.C. to house detained immigrant children is likely to face a number of legal and regulatory obstacles from city officials and … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Ethics, Immigration, Resistance Rebellion And Death

La Migra

Observed on P Street NW, between 14th and 15th, Logan Circle, D.C.:

Posted in DC, Immigration

We Have Become a ‘Papers Please’ Society

For those of us who are not young, one of the operational definitions of freedom was not living in a ‘papers, please’ society–that is, you didn’t need to provide internal security officials documentation to travel freely if you were a … Continue reading

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When the War Comes Home

Last week, in response to CBP agents holding three undocumented children hostage in an attempt to get their parents to turn themselves in, this tweet trundled across the transom: I helped write Army interrogator field training after Abu Ghraib. When … Continue reading

Posted in Immigration, Torture | 4 Comments

Saying the Quiet Parts Out Loud About Undocumented Workers

There’s an interesting story in the NY Times about the challenges facing some school districts that have experienced a dramatic increase in undocumented immigrants. It’s a small thing, but this ugliness stuck out (boldface mine): Many Lake Worth residents have … Continue reading

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The Moral Degeneration Did Not Begin Three Years Ago

Umair Haque has a very good post about where we stand morally and ethically as a nation–as the kids used to say, read the whole thing. His point about normalization is excellent (boldface mine): The bad guys are winning, my … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Immigration, Torture

Will Trump Declare Victory on Tariffs and Go Home?

In case you haven’t heard, Il Trumpe has decided that June 10, Mexico will be hit with a tariff… because of immigration (boldface mine): President Donald Trump’s vow to impose new tariffs on Mexican imports risks sabotaging not just his … Continue reading

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‘Catch And Release’: Losing The Rhetorical War On Immigration

What worries me about the politics of immigration is that the notion that the choices are between completely ‘open borders’ and Trump’s brutality. Dan Nexon puts it very clearly: Given that *no* Democrat is going to advocate ending all restrictions … Continue reading

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Shaming Works

I’m old enough to remember when yelling at people who are responsible for keeping babies in cages would cost Democrats the 2018 elections (boldface mine): The official called the current situation at the border, which is experiencing the highest number … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives, Immigration, Resistance Rebellion And Death