The City of Chicago yesterday announced a $29 million contract with a company known as “Canada’s Blackwater” to run tent camps for newly arrived asylum seekers. Meanwhile, a prominent and effective alternative based in dignity and care had to shut down for lack of city support. This is their story.
Both the Texas governor and Chicago’s outgoing mayor are framing refugees as a burden. But Chicago has the material resources and supports to welcome refugees if only officials would muster the political will.
A new book by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz shows how the myth of a “nation of immigrants” has been used to erase the history of Indigenous peoples in the US.
Our understanding of innocence, guilt, victims, and criminals shapes the worlds we are able to build. New books by Mariame Kaba and Harsha Walia pry open political possibilities.
Biden’s proposal for immigration reform isn’t designed to free migrants trapped in danger or detention. It’s not even designed to pass.
Immigrant kids don’t need gentler jails. They need us to end detention as a response to migration.