Migration/Immigration

Commuters sleep while waiting for the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to open to cross to the United States from Tijuana, Mexico, in the pre-dawn hours of May 20, 2020. Restricted entry amid the pandemic forced commuters crossing the border to take extraordinary measures to get to essential work and business on time in the States.

The Human Cost of Endless Pandemic Border Closures

One year after the world declared borders shut, there is still no plan to reduce the toll on millions of lives.

Migrants in a dinghy navigate in the English Channel toward the south coast of England after crossing from France, on Sept. 1, 2020.

Britain Doesn’t Have a Refugee Crisis, So It Created One

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel have unnecessarily warehoused and endangered thousands of asylum-seekers in an effort to pander to the right-wing press.

Omar Roman and Michelle Chinos hang a poster in their search for family member Homero Roman Gómez in Brooks County, Texas.

The Rolling Tragedy of ‘Missing in Brooks County’

A new documentary reveals the human cost of a decadeslong deterrence policy at the southern U.S. border. Will President Biden do anything about it?

Hundreds of people gather for a "Lights for Liberty" protest against migrant detention camps and impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New York City, on July 12, 2019.

What to Expect From Biden’s Immigration Policies

Latin America expert Shannon O’Neil discusses Biden’s plans to reverse family separation, rebuild the asylum and refugee system, and give hope to “Dreamers” and their families.

A woman counts money outside a U.S. remittance collection agency in San Isidro, San Salvador, on June 10, 2020.

The Pandemic May Change Remittances—for the Better

Long denominated in cash, payments back to home countries are finally going digital.

People hold signs during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in San Diego on June 18, 2020.

Let’s Not Blow This Chance to Fix Immigration

Biden’s reform plan is laudable. But it repeats the battles of the Obama years.

People walk by a sign for both a coronavirus testing clinic and a COVID-19 vaccination location

Blocking Undocumented Immigrants From Vaccination Is Self-Sabotage

A crucial and vulnerable population needs rapid access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Workers clear snow in Seoul

Migrants Are Doing the Jobs South Koreans Sneer At

The system punishes undocumented workers but winks at their employers.

Honduran migrants, en route to the border with the United States, walk along a road in Camotan, Guatemala, on Jan. 16.

Biden’s First Steps on Latin America

Only days into his presidency, he’s already changed the game on immigration.

Revelers celebrate news of Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president in Washington on Nov. 7, 2020.

Biden’s Bold Gamble on Immigration Is About America’s Future

Failed immigration reform gave rise to Trumpism. Success could finally cool the debate.

A Kurdish refugee mother and son from the Syrian town of Kobani walk beside their tent in a camp in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc on the Turkish-Syrian border on Oct. 19, 2014.

Refugees Can’t Live in Limbo Forever

Governments and aid organizations think of displaced populations as temporary. But it is time to face reality.

Migrants, many from Cameroon, listen to names being called in Tijuana, Mexico

The United States Has Failed Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers

Fleeing a civil war shaped by the West, Cameroonians have been met on American shores with hostility, high-risk conditions, and now unconscionable deportation.

An elderly woman waves to a volunteer during Christian Orthodox Easter celebration in Bucharest, Romania, on April 18.

Western Europe Is Losing Its Immigrants

Eastern Europeans are returning home in droves. Here’s what that means for Eastern Europe’s economies—and the European Union.

A volunteer with the pro-immigration group Families Belong Together attaches one of 600 teddy bears to a chain-link cage on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Nov 16.

Getting Human Rights Right

Before Biden can lead in the world, he’ll have to lead at home.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to nurses as he visits Watford General Hospital on Oct. 7, 2019 in Watford, England.

The Coronavirus Is Killing Westerners. Immigrants Are Saving Them.

Foreign-born doctors and entrepreneurs are at the forefront of fighting the pandemic and resuscitating economies, but nativist politicians still want to keep them out.

People head to the voting booths in Charleston, South Carolina

Give All Immigrants the Vote

The United States will be a better place when every resident is represented.

A fisherman mends his nets on a fishing boat in Trapani harbor in Sicily on Sept. 7, 2017.

The Mediterranean Red Prawn War Signals Italy’s Lost Leverage in Libya

Italian fishermen are being kidnapped off the coast of Libya—and Rome is too caught up in EU migration politics to help.

Tomas Martinez, with Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

Trump’s Assaults on Immigrants Drive Georgia’s Latino Voters

Once solid red, Georgia has become a battleground state in part due to its growing Latino population—and rampant anger at Trump’s immigration policies.

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