Michael Smolens: Will Joe Biden lean in on pro-immigrant message?
Here’s something you don’t hear in American politics every day: A pro-immigrant message could be a winning strategy in a presidential election.That may seem counterintuitive given immigration has been a lightning-rod issue for some time, even more so since President Donald Trump made tough action, particularly on illegal immigration, central to his 2016 campaign and first term in the White House.But a recent poll shows his immigration policies are highly unpopular among “persuadable” voters in swing states. Conversely, measures protecting immigrants in the workplace and creating a pathway to c...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
'American Pickle' review: Seth Rogen, twice, brings out the sweetness in an immigration fable
Aside from being the briniest film since the Lower East Side romance “Crossing Delancey” 32 years ago, “An American Pickle” (premiering Thursday on HBO Max) reminds us that Seth Rogen has always had the acting chops for more than one kind of comedy.This one’s more than one kind of comedy, too. It’s a sweet yet nicely vinegary immigration fable; a deadpan fantasy; and a tale of two Brooklyns, one (1920) a repository of rat-infested factories and Eastern European Jewish immigrants, the other (2020) the gentrified land of their progressive, pea milk-drinking great-grandchildren.Rogen plays what t...
'It's like a vicious cycle': How the pandemic leaves the poor not only exposed, but hungry
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rarely does a mother try to stop her child from drinking a glass of milk. But with schools closed and unemployment spiking during the pandemic, Lissete Frausto, a mother of two in Oakland, finds she has little choice.Her 4-year-old son normally gulps it down.“I’ve been trying to figure out things so that he doesn’t want to drink milk as often,” she said.Because of her husband’s immigration status, Frausto said her family was excluded from the federal stimulus checks. When schools and day care facilities closed, Frausto was forced to stop working and stay home to care for h...
The Sacramento Bee
'License to live:' Florida quietly changed driver's license requirements for immigrants
MIAMI — Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have been able to drive legally in Florida may be unable to get driver’s licenses again, after the state quietly changed its identification requirements for obtaining licenses.In May the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles tightened its document requirements that outline what some immigrants must provide in order to get their driver licenses. It’s the most striking change of at least six that have been made in the past six months, making it almost impossible for people who are in the deportation process to legally dri...
Will Bunch: From 9/11 to Portland, it was inevitable 'Homeland Security' would be turned on the American people
Even in the hazy, flag-waving days surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the United States, there was something about America’s rush to create a massive state apparatus called the Department of Homeland Security that made some people’s skin crawl — and not just the usual patchouli-scented, granola-sated leftist suspects.“The word ‘homeland’ is a strange word,” George W. Bush’s Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told staffers in a memo after some floated the idea of combining federal functions around immigration, customs, domestic intelligence and law enforcement into one vast departm...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
ICE detainee dies of COVID at South Florida hospital — the state's first immigration death
MIAMI — A 51-year-old immigration detainee died Sunday at a Palm Beach County hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Mexican national’s death is Florida’s first reported COVID-19 death of a detainee.The detainee — identified by U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement late Monday as Onoval Perez-Montufa — was transported to a hospital about two weeks ago from the Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, a facility that is now among the top 10 centers with the highest number of COVID cases.Officials say he was pronounced dead at 4:27 p.m. by hospital staff at the Lakesi...
Captain Comics: YA graphic novel roundup
The popularity of young adult graphic novels has exploded, along with their shelf space in bookstores and comic shops. Here are some of the latest:“Bluebeard” (Papercutz, $19.99)I vaguely remember this classic fairy tale from my youth as being creepy with lots of spooky foreshadowing and a dark, dark heart. Good news! This version not only keeps all of that, but does it very well!“Bluebeard” is by Metaphrog, the professional name of French artist Sandra Marrs and Scottish writer John Chalmers, who previously impressed me with a collection of fairy tales titled “The Red Shoes and Other Tales,” ...
Tribune News Service
More than 30,000 Cuban Americans ask Trump to reverse order to suspend immigration
MIAMI — More than 30,000 Cuban Americans have signed a petition requesting that President Donald Trump reverse a decree issued in June to suspend immigration from the island — including family reunifications — until the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.“This proclamation is separating families, a lot of children, parents, spouses and brothers/sisters have been waiting long years to be reunited with their families,” said the petition posted on the White House’s “WE the PEOPLE” site.For Maidelys Crespo Gómez, a Cuban national who resides in Havana and has been separated for years ...
Evangelicals wrestle with racism and their own silence: 'We repent'
SEATTLE — Joseph Castleberry, president of Northwest University, an evangelical school in Kirkland, Wash., was sitting at his desk in early May when he started seeing Facebook posts about a Black man killed while jogging through a coastal Georgia town.As Castleberry read about 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, fatally shot by white men shown on video chasing him down, he said: “It just broke my heart.”“It was so obviously a case of unjust vigilantism, and it sure looked like racism to me,” said the university president, who is white, and acknowledges intimate knowledge of racism from a childhood in s...
The Seattle Times
ICE asks federal judge to undo court order that mandates masks and soap, limits transfers
MIAMI — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has asked a federal judge to undo an order she issued last month requiring the agency to give soap, cleaning supplies and masks to detainees at three South Florida detention centers.The June 6 mandate — which also strictly limits ICE transfers to other facilities and bars COVID-19-positive detainees from being housed with people who have not been tested — was issued by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke in hopes of helping curb viral outbreaks of the coronavirus.ICE’s request was filed late Monday, just hours before the 30-day deadline to...