Continuing issues with my health have made my usual reflective writing challenging in this season, however I hope to return to blogging (albeit intermittently, as always) in the near future. For now, I would like to share with you this project that I have been working on over the past few months. It has been tempting for me to feel powerless to change the injustices I’ve witnessed over the past fews years, especially since becoming disabled, but I am trying to find ways to use the energy that I do have and the skills I gained in the process of earning my degree in history to do my party to educate myself and others on issues that are close to my heart. This resource guide on immigration justice is one attempt to do this in a way that I hope is useful to anyone seeking to understand both current politics around immigration and the history behind them.
As the current administration continues to implement practices to limit immigration and asylum seeking, particularly from the Northern Triangle of Central America, it is important that those of us concerned about human rights, safety, and freedom work to educate ourselves and those around us thoroughly on the legal, social, political, and historical forces impacting current events and policies. The purpose of this document is to provide introductory (and a few more advanced) resources on the immigration and asylum processes, immigration history, recent news, and issues of injustice arising in the US immigration system. I have done my best to select sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate, but I also believe it is important to critically read multiple sources as we strive to fully understand the facts and their context. Below I have copied the table of contents from this document to give you an idea of the topics it seeks to address. For the full document click here.
Table of Contents:
- What is Asylum?
- Why are People Leaving the Northern Triangle?
- How Long Does it Take to Immigrate Legally?
- What Rights do Immigrants Have in The U.S.?
- Current/Recent Events and Policy News
Subcategory: Family Separation and Treatment of Detained Minors
Subcategory: Migrant Caravan from Honduras
- History of U.S. Immigration
- History of U.S. Intervention in Latin America
- Immigrants’ Personal Stories
- How to Get Involved
- Immigration Justice Organizations to Follow
Subcategory: Organizations Local to the Bay Area
- IMMIGRATION ON THE BALLOT: CA MIDTERM ELECTION
Full google document is again available here.