The Conversation

Alberto Fernández: Who Is the Frontrunner for Argentina’s Presidency?

By Sam Halvorsen, Queen Mary University of London Argentines were stunned in mid-August when the center-left candidate Alberto Fernández won the national primary elections for the presidency, surpassing all predictions with a whopping 15-point lead over the incumbent Mauricio Macri. The primaries, known as the “PASO”, serve to winnow down the number of presidential candidates, […]

  • Aug 19, 2019
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The Role of Canadian Mining in the Plight of Central American Migrants

Canada is centrally involved in the life-and-death struggle for migrant justice in the United States.

  • Aug 16, 2019
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Puerto Ricans Unite Against Rosselló and More Than a Decade of Cultural Trauma

The governor’s corruption further compromised the post-disaster recovery of Puerto Ricans,

  • Aug 2, 2019
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The Supreme Court Decision That Kept Suburban Schools Segregated

The Milliken decision recognized “de facto” segregation—segregation that occurs as a result of circumstances, not law.

  • Jul 31, 2019
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More Central American Migrants Take Shelter in Churches, Recalling 1980s Sanctuary Movement

Churches are considered “sensitive locations” where U.S. immigration officers are hesitant to make arrests.

  • Jul 30, 2019
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Asylum Restrictions: The President Can Enforce the Law, but Can’t Change It

President Donald Trump keeps trying to change immigration law and the courts keep blocking him.

  • Jul 25, 2019
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Cartel Kingpin El Chapo Is Jailed for Life, but the US-Mexico Drug Trade Is Booming

Mexican estimates suggest that each month the Sinaloa cartel trades two tons of cocaine and 10,000 tons of marijuana plus heroine, methamphetamine and other drugs.

  • Jul 22, 2019
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What School Segregation Looks Like in the US Today, in 4 Charts

Despite years of government desegregation efforts and the proven benefits of integrated schools, our recently published research shows that U.S. school segregation is higher than it has been in decades.

  • Jul 19, 2019
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The Bible Says to Welcome Refugees

By Mathew Schmalz, College of the Holy Cross The Trump administration will stop accepting asylum applications from migrants who could have claimed asylum in a different country before entering the U.S., it announced on July 15. The new interim immigration rule upends a 60-year-old policy that protects refugees from war, political persecution and targeted violence. […]

  • Jul 17, 2019
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As Mexico Appeases Trump, Migrants Bear the Brunt

The President’s politics of control and fear toward Mexico and other Latin American countries has resulted in serious consequences.

  • Jul 15, 2019
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Uber: Ongoing Battle for Buenos Aires Is Testing Argentina’s Fragile Democracy

The legal tug-of-war resulting from Uber’s strategy is testing the strength of Argentina’s governance structures.

  • Jul 12, 2019
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The Long, Bipartisan History of Dealing With Immigrants Harshly

Rather than marking a stark departure, I see President Donald Trump’s approach as ramping up and expanding the U.S. government’s longstanding efforts to punish undocumented immigrants.

  • Jul 9, 2019
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A Long-Running Immigration Problem: The Government Sometimes Detains and Deports US Citizens

More than 1,500 U.S. citizens spent time in immigration detention between 2007 and 2015 before the government acknowledged the mistake, federal records indicate.

  • Jul 8, 2019
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Mexicans in US Routinely Confront Legal Abuse, Racial Profiling, ICE Targeting and Other Civil Rights Violations

We are scholars focused on U.S.-Mexico migration. Our report on the enforcement of U.S. immigration law under presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, presented in February to Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, documented pervasive and systematic civil rights violations against Mexicans living in the United States.

  • Jul 7, 2019
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Half a Million American Minors Now Live in Mexico

Who are these children and adolescents? Where and with whom do they live in Mexico?

  • Jul 1, 2019
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Guatemalan Elections: Corruption, Violence and Hope

On the one hand, corruption and organized crime won the presidential race. On the other hand, grassroots movements showed their strength.

  • Jun 27, 2019
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Is Cutting Central American Aid Going to Help Stop the Flow of Migrants?

Like many experts, I argue that slashing aid is counterproductive because foreign assistance can address the root causes of migration, such as violence and poverty.

  • Jun 21, 2019
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Thousands of Asylum Seekers Left Waiting at the US-Mexico Border

In November 2018, most asylum seekers waited a few days or weeks for their turn on the list to request asylum at the port of entry. Now, asylum seekers wait one to two months in most cities for the chance to ask for asylum at a port of entry.

  • Jun 17, 2019
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Brazilian Universities Fear Bolsonaro Plan to Eliminate Humanities and Slash Public Education Budgets

Protesters in cities and towns across Brazil took to the streets to condemn an education ministry proposal to reduce funding for Brazilian public universities by 30% during the remainder of 2019.

  • Jun 13, 2019
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Migrants Will Pay the Price of Mexico’s Tariff Deal With Trump

Dignity will come at great cost to both Mexico and to the migrants fleeing extreme poverty and violence in Central America.

  • Jun 11, 2019
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