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Trail of Tears, a painting of a scene in Golconda, illinois. First Nations were forcefully displaced in huge numbers throughout America. Kevin Schraer

In Trump’s America, immigrants are modern-day ‘savage Indians’

The leader of the United States has made immigrants the new face of a threatening “Other,” a primitive savage who has many of the features of the "Indians" of the American frontier myth.
Javier Garrido Martinez holds his four-year-old son during a news conference in New York on July 11, 2018. The pair were reunited after being separated for almost two months when authorities stopped them at the U.S. southern border. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

The disgrace of detaining asylum seekers and other migrants

The U.S. immigration detention system under Donald Trump is abusive, racist, sexist and haphazardly implemented, all designed to terrorize people attempting to exercise their right to seek asylum.
Smith said that coming from WA, he would like to see Perth enjoy the benefit of population growth, while avoiding the negative effects that had beset the biggest cities, i.e. Sydney and Melbourne. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government senator Dean Smith urges national debate about population

The call comes as latest figures show the annual permanent migrant intake fell to 162,400 last financial year – compared with a 190,000 planning level.
New York City is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, with 37 percent of its population foreign-born. Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

How cities help immigrants feel at home: 4 charts

A sociologist interviewed hundreds of immigrants in New York, Barcelona and Paris. Here's what they say those cities get right — and do wrong — when integrating foreign-born residents.
A Border Patrol agent in New Mexico. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Today’s US-Mexico ‘border crisis’ in 6 charts

Undocumented entries across the border are at all-time lows. The people now arriving are not Mexican workers, but a smaller number of Central American families seeking to escape dire circumstances.
Children protest in Los Angeles outside a court hearing where immigrant-rights advocates asked a judge to order the release of parents separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

I’ve seen the lasting emotional damage to detained children

U.S. President Donald Trump may believe he's contained the political damage of his policy to separate migrant children from their parents. But the psychological damage to children has only just begun.
In this April 2018 photo, siblings from El Salvador huddle together on a soccer field in Mexico. awaiting temporary transit visas that would allow them to continue to the U.S. border, where they hoped to request asylum. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Our moral obligation to Central American migrants

Immigration turmoil in the U.S. means Canada must craft its own migration management plans -- to help Central Americans fleeing misery in their homelands, some of it with Canadian involvement.
Immigrant children separated from their parents who were detained at the U.S.-Mexico border arrive at a foster care facility in East Harlem on June 22. Rainmaker Photo/MediaPunch /IPX

For many immigrant families, the fight for reunification is just beginning

History shows that the US court system isn't sympathetic to undocumented migrants when it comes to parental rights.
Immigration proceedings look a lot like criminal trials, with immigrants often brought in handcuffed. Reuters/Reade Levinson

How immigration court works

The attorney general can decide immigration cases because immigration courts are part of the DOJ, not the judiciary. This congested system has 345,000 open cases. Most will likely end in deportation.

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