Lucia Savchick

The Mexican President and the American President: Accommodation at the Border

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Manuel (known by his initials AMLO) took office in January of this year. A self-described “man of the left,” López Obrador has chosen not to confront Donald Trump on US immigration policy. Who is AMLO, and what accounts for his–perhaps surprising–stance toward Trump Administration actions at the border? Carlos …

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Dismantle a Wall with Words”: A conversation between Maya Wiley and Alex Aleinikoff

Walls–real and virtual–divide us by nation, by race, by religion, by the kind of information we seek and receive. Alex and Maya Wiley discuss the many walls of America–as well as the “non-walls” that permit freedom of movement and information for all throughout the nation. How do walls mark out who belongs, whose views count, …

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(Mis)State(ment) of the Union

Trump’s State of the Union address repeated his false claims that link crime with immigration. Tanvi Misra helps set the record straight, and Alex Aleinikoff discusses Trump’s nativist assault on the moral fabric of the US.

“First thing we do, we kill all the lawyers”: How Trump’s immigration policies have been (largely) stopped in the courts. A conversation with law professor Peter Margulies.

Lawyers–outraged by the Trump Administration’s harsh policies against immigrants–have brought scores of cases challenging the President’s actions.  They have been remarkably successful in persuading judges to invalidate or put on hold many of the Administration’s new policies. Law professor Peter Margulies tells us why the lawyers have been able to stop Trump in the courts …

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Border Tragedies–A Tempest Tossed Essay by Alex Aleinikoff on Trump border policies

The death of 7 year old Jakelin Caal while in Border Patrol custody is a tragedy, and it is sadly emblematic of Trump Administration border policies that have devastated families, undermined U.S. asylum laws and betrayed traditional American values.  Alex Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School, takes …

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The Trump Administration’s Assault on Gender Asylum

Two actions of the Trump Administration have sought to make it practically impossible for women who are victims of intimate partner violence to apply for and be granted asylum in the United States. The first is an action by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to overturn a decision of the Board of Immigration appeals granting asylum to …

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Tempest Tossed Pre-Election Edition: All Trump all the time— a conversation with Roberto Suro, professor of journalism and public policy at the University of Southern California

President Trump has dominated the pre-election news by returning to a theme that probably brought him the Presidency— immigration. Roberto Suro discusses the politics of the Trump strategy, the failure of an effective response from the Democrats, and how older narratives of immigration may not work for the current historical moment.

Inciting Fear: Trump and the “Caravan”–a conversation with Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute

According to Donald Trump, a group of several thousand Hondurans fleeing violence and poverty who are on foot and 1000 miles from the US border are a threat to US national security and sovereignty. Who is part of the “caravan”? Why have they left Honduras? What are their prospects for reaching the US border? What …

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“Public Charge” Explained: What the Trump Administration’s proposed rule will do and why it matters. A conversation with Mark Greenberg of the Migration Policy Institute

The Trump Administration has proposed a new rule that will affect every person seeking to enter the United States or receive a green card–it will greatly expand the number of people who can be excluded from the U.S. because they are “likely to become a public charge.” What does “public charge” mean and how would the new rule work? And why is the Trump Administration proposing it? Mark Greenberg, Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, joins Alex Aleinikoff for an in-depth discussion of the proposed rule and its potential consequences.

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