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News Roundup In-Brief

U.S. News

  • In a conscious rejection of the recommendations made in a government-commissioned review, Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher announced that Border Patrol agents will continue to be allowed to use deadly force against rock-throwers and assailants in vehicles.
  • UCLA and UC Berkeley banned use of the term “illegal immigrant” in university communications, citing the human rights slogan, “No human being is illegal.”
  • Two opposing letters to the New York Times discuss the decision of the Dominican Republic’s high court to rescind the citizenship of all children of undocumented Haitian migrants regardless of whether they were born on Dominican soil or how long they have lived in the country.
  • A New York Times Magazine photo essay describes author Luke Mogelson’s 200-mile journey from Jakarta, Indonesia to Australia’s Christmas Island in a fishing boat alongside asylum seekers, a journey which has claimed over 1,000 lives as the primary route for refugees into Australia.
  • While state prison populations have shrunk, the federal prison population and the coffers of private prison companies have grown since the 2005 implementation of Operation Streamline and the resulting increased prosecution of immigration offenses.


International News

  • A Rohingya asylum seeker died in custody at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau of a brain hemorrhage after being denied adequate treatment, adding fuel to complaints that Japan’s detention health system fails asylum seekers.
  • In Australia, high numbers of boat arrivals in recent years have led to lengthier detention for asylum seekers; the Ombudsman’s office last year counted 674 people detained for more than two years.
  • The Australian Senate passed a motion to force Liberal party Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to reveal whether any asylum-seeker boats have actually been “turned around” in the water, as his party’s national campaign claimed they would be.

Prepared by Rachel Stonecipher 

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