By defining violence narrowly, the asylum system—and human rights organizations that uphold it—legitimates deporting people back to face everyday injustices. The pandemic only further illuminates this inhumanity.
Worthington, Minnesota, home to a major meatpacking plant with a majority immigrant workforce, is a microcosm of an expanding border regime where a power struggle unfolds between longtime residents and newcomers.
The migrant camps in which children are being incarcerated are concentration camps—and they are also prisons. We must hold these dual, overlapping realities in our minds, as we strive to comprehend the interrelated horrors to which the United States subjects millions of people every day.
The egregiously corrupt—though technically legal—system of private detention in the United States exploits immigrants, lining the pockets of jailers while incentivizing government enforcement strategies.
Border security—supported by Republicans and Democrats alike—is responsible for the death of Jakelin Caal, the exoneration of the Border Patrol agent who murdered a Mexican teen, and the separation and death of thousands of immigrant families.