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WOUNDS with Mitra Jalali Nelson

In the last few weeks, Americans have heard more about immigration than most have in years. It’s ironic to see the government shut its doors over the issue, considering Congressional inaction on the subject since Senators Durbin and Hatch first introduced the DREAM Act in the summer of 2001—not to mention the failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2010. What’s happening now in Congress and in the White House seems unusually cruel, yet it is a continuation of hundreds of years of shameful racial policy inseparable from American history. And that should deepen our resolve to repair the lives ruined by one of the most broken, inhumane parts of our government. In that absence of legislative solutions for undocumented children, the global refugee crisis, and legal immigration backlogs stretching into the 1990s, the president has assumed a level of authority that should concern anyone opposed to single-person rule. Trump’s appointees determine how immigration applications are processed, how our borders are monitored, and how our broken laws are enforced. In addition to what amounts to a modern round-up apparatus, Donald Trump’s America First administration has carried

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

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