The pandemic is not going to stop immigration

March 27, 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, immigration is not going to stop, especially from Central America. That’s because what migrants and refugees are leaving behind is worse than what lies ahead. Central America is home to the most intractable poverty in the Americas, and the highest rates of violence. Whether they’re headed to the United States or […]

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COVID-19 is shaking up immigration policy, and inspiring grassroots activism

March 26, 2020

Language barriers, the threat of deportation and the high cost of health care are some of the key issues that make immigrant communities especially vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. But the urgent need to prevent the spread of the disease is, at least temporarily, breaking the ice on punitive immigrant policies, and inspiring grassroots solutions […]

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For immigrants, this historic library is a quirky U.S.-Canada ‘neutral zone’

February 20, 2020

It’s becoming harder and harder for the Haskell Free Library to be part of Canada and the United States at the same time.  The remarkable, century-old building straddles the border between the two countries — and families that can’t freely across the border, particularly Iranians, have often used it for tearful reunions.  But with ever-greater […]

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It’s getting worse for Haitian migrants in the Bahamas

December 19, 2019

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis is no friend of undocumented Haitians. Not long after the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian destroyed Haitian settlements in the Abaco Islands, he proclaimed that “illegals … can leave voluntarily … or they will be forced to leave.” Undocumented underclass Haitian migrants to the Bahamas, many of them undocumented, do the […]

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Coffee bean prices have collapsed, and it’s a humanitarian crisis

November 13, 2019

Small farmers are losing their shirts over the latest coffee-bean bust. Put in hard numbers, that’s about 100 million people — both farmers and their dependents — in 40 countries across the tropics who have seen their incomes cut by two-thirds in this decade. The reduction in coffee-bean prices is due to several factors, including […]

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Refugees from the last British colony want to go home

November 12, 2019

Exiled for more than 50 years, Chagossians may yet return to their island home. The British government first removed all 2,000 residents of the Chagos Archipelago, then leasing the newly renamed British Indian Ocean Territory to the United States, which installed its Diego Garcia military base. They had been part of Mauritius, but, the latter […]

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