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October 2016 Archives

The struggle to make it to the U.S. is worth it

She was nine months pregnant when she climbed mountains and crossed rivers, traveling through areas often ruled by violence rather than law. The 24-year-old Haitian fled her home country after the 2010 earthquake, settling in Brazil. But the chaos there created by bloodshed, poverty and political turmoil made her set her sights on the U.S.She and her fiancé were among thousands of Haitians who left Brazil for new lives. In their case, it was to begin life as a family in the United States.

Advisory Committee to DHS: End immigration detention of families

Bureaucratic language is known as lifeless, gray and banal. It's the bane of the English professor and the lifeblood of satire. So when the Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers issued its recommendations to the government, it was without flourish or style.Nevertheless, the message the advisory committee issued packed a punch. Its recommendation is to end the policy of detaining immigrant children and families and to stop putting families seeking asylum in removal proceedings. 

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