Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Immigration and Border Resource Update

Greetings OnFire bloggers and readers.

It's been a few weeks since the OnFire team returned from its trip to the US-Mexico border. There are now five blog entries posted (in November and December) with summaries and reflections from the trip.

In addition, I wanted to share some useful resources that have popped up over the past month or so. Take a look, comment and pass them on. If you're interested in writing an entry for this blog, contact Thanks!

Health care: Catholic Bishop John Wester discusses the benefits of including undocumented immigrants in health care reform in this article from Politics Daily.

Border wall: PBS recently did a 12-minute segment on the US border fence. This particular piece examines the effects of the wall on private landowners in the US, detailing the "selection process" for where the fence does and does not go. It also discusses the lack of government oversight of the private companies involved in creating and building border security technology.

Family detention: Earlier this year, the OnFire blog posted a few entries on family detention, including a close look at the T. Don Hutto family detention center in Texas. Since then, the center has been modified to house only female inmates (undocumented persons), but immigrant family detention continues under the Obama Administration, highlighted in this recent article by Lily Keber.

Great immigration blog: The Immigration Impact blog is a great resource from the Immigration Policy Center. Updated daily, the blog contains brief posts on immigration policy and its effects both on a national level and in local communities. According to the website, "Immigration Impact was launched to help shape and develop a rational national conversation on immigration that shifts the terms of the debate towards achieving workable and effective comprehensive policy reform." You can subscribe to the blog and/or the Immigration Policy Center here.

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