Cruelty as Policy: Part One

What the concept of encouraging “self-deportation” embraces is intentionally making conditions in the United States worse for undocumented immigrants than the conditions in the country from which they fled. Not the American Dream, but the American Nightmare. On purpose.

President Trump’s Executive Order Harms the U.S. & Refugees

I have worked with refugees and asylum seekers since 1991. I cannot even tell you how many I have had the privilege to represent, and I believe that I have only encountered two cases of fraud in more than 20 years. I have never encountered even a single client with any links to terrorism. The refugees and … Continue reading President Trump’s Executive Order Harms the U.S. & Refugees

It’s a human right: Each of us has the right to fundamental safety & security.

The Advocates for Human Rights mourns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of United States v. Texas, which has blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration for nearly two years and put the lives of an estimated 5 million people and their families on hold. International human rights standards recognize that the United States, … Continue reading It’s a human right: Each of us has the right to fundamental safety & security.

Changing the world for good = Minnesota’s The Advocates for Human Rights

As bad as every day’s news looks, Christof Heyns says, the world is actually getting less violent. He should know. Serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions since 2010, Heyns (pictured below) has spent years looking at the worst of what the world has to offer. But, he says, over … Continue reading Changing the world for good = Minnesota’s The Advocates for Human Rights

Let’s jail the children and call it child care

Texas, leading the nation as always, granted a child care license to a jail on April 29. It’s a special, private jail, an immigration detention center in Karnes City run by the private, for-profit GEO Group. The Texas license comes in response to a federal judge’s order that migrant children must be released from detention … Continue reading Let’s jail the children and call it child care

Where punk and the law meet: helping asylum seekers and immigrants

John Barham wears no shoes in his office; he practices law in his socks. On a recent Wednesday evening, his socks were dark gray wool, soft-looking. Beneath his desk one foot occasionally rubbed the other, two cats playing. He said the areas of law he specializes in — criminal defense and immigration — are designed, … Continue reading Where punk and the law meet: helping asylum seekers and immigrants