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Migration is a fact of life for millions of people all over the world. The simple notion of moving from one place to another in search of economic prosperity, freedom from violence, or hope for a better future for one's children, is fraught with difficulties, not the least of which is discrimination and mistreatment.
One of the best ways to combat xenophobia and suspicion is to put a human face on the whole issue of migration and immigration. In honor of International Migrants Day, the American Friends Service Committee and the Center for Digital Storytelling, with help from allies at the Newark Immigrant Rights Program and Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, and Amnesty International have each produced a series of migrants' stories.
Their stories are poignant and universal. Hearing their accounts of leaving & loss, and adaptation & survival, brings their experiences out of the shadows and into the human experience that we all share.
I posted last week about an Italian man who was locked up by
Customs and Border Patrol for 10 days without cause and then sent back to
But for anyone who thought that nativism and government overreach were strictly American phenomena, the last week has shown otherwise.
It may comfort some in the
However, these diagnoses are mistaken.
The dysfunctional international political system permits an
unconstrained superpower like the
The bodies of 20 migrants have been recovered from the sea near the Bahamas after their boat apparently capsized, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday as it searched for survivors.
The bodies of 19 Haitians and one Honduran were recovered and three survivors -- two Haitians and one Honduran -- have been found, said Barry Bena, a Coast Guard spokesman in
. Authorities are interviewing the survivors to determine what happened. Miami
The search-and-rescue mission began Sunday after fishermen heard people screaming in the water.
The accident happened about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of
, according to the Coast Guard. A cutter, helicopter and a jet from the Coast Guard and two Nassau, Bahamas military vessels continued searching the area Monday, Bena said. Bahamas
Every year, thousands of Haitians try to leave the Western Hemisphere's poorest country aboard rickety, overloaded boats for other islands or the
. United States
Soaring food prices have pushed many into abject poverty and triggered riots earlier this month in
, but this has not yet translated into a spike in the number of migrants. Haiti
Last year a migrant boat capsized near the
Turks and Caicos islands, pitching Haitians into shark-infested waters. At least 61 people died.
The United States has failed to uphold its international obligations to protect the human rights of migrants, subjecting too many to prolonged detention in substandard facilities while depriving them of an adequate appeals process and labor protections, a United Nations investigator said Friday.Teresa Watanabe - Los Angeles Times
I'll continue now with the second part of my review of What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, by Dave Eggers. The first part was here, in case you missed it.
The book illuminates a rather serious problem for migrants
and migrant advocates. Migrants often
come to the
The mother of a 2-week-old boy said her son would be alive today if they and his traveling nurse hadn't been held up at
by customs personnel. Honolulu International Airport
Luaipou Futi of
spoke through an interpreter during a news conference Tuesday at the offices of the family's attorney, Rick Fried. American Samoa
Futi's son, Michael Tony, died Friday at the airport after he, Futi and the nurse, Arizona Veavea, were kept in a locked room after flying nearly five hours from
so the child could be treated for a birth defect, a hole in his heart, Fried said. American Samoa
God bless the Palestinian people.
Which brings me to a new definition of "border" as put forth today by Luis Alberto Urrea:
BORDER, n. 1. An imaginary line imposed on an indigenous landscape by men who are not from that landscape; 2. A line that unites two different cultures and forms an unbreakable bond between them.