BBC: Venezuelans brave ‘brutal’ migrant route made tougher by pandemic

BBC: Venezuelans brave ‘brutal’ migrant route made tougher by pandemic. “Ángel García breathed heavily through his mouth as he hiked out of Pamplona, a scenic town nested in the Andes Mountains and located 2,300 meters above sea level. With his belongings stuffed into a blue back-pack and a red gym bag that hung from his right shoulder, the 21-year-old was making a 1,600km (1,000 mile) trek to the Colombian city of Cali, where he was hoping to live with a cousin and find construction work.”

TIME: Migrants Stranded in Mexico Have 1 Year to File for Asylum. COVID-19 Is Making That Deadline Nearly Impossible

TIME: Migrants Stranded in Mexico Have 1 Year to File for Asylum. COVID-19 Is Making That Deadline Nearly Impossible. “When COVID-19 began spreading in the U.S., immigration courts shut down, leading to indefinite delays for hearings. Lawyers haven’t been able to travel to Matamoros. They have adjusted to providing legal services remotely from the U.S. with the help of an on-the-ground assistant in Matamoros. But soon a realization emerged: many asylum seekers are on the verge of missing their one-year deadline to submit their applications for asylum.”

HuffPost: Canadian Immigrants Share The First Photo They Took In Instagram Series

HuffPost Canada: Canadian Immigrants Share The First Photo They Took In Instagram Series. “There is no universal immigrant journey, but many Canadian newcomers share a common experience: Someone back home misses them dearly and wants to see how they’re doing. Capturing the backstories behind this special exchange is ‘First Photo Here,’ a new Instagram project that shares the first photos newcomers take in Canada.”

The National: New tool predicts coronavirus will displace millions of Africans

The National: New tool predicts coronavirus will displace millions of Africans. “A new tool has predicted the displacement of over a million people in the Sahel, as Covid-19 creates havoc across the brittle region. In some countries, such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, the pandemic is expected to increase forced displacement by more than 14 percentage points. This is the equivalent of a minimum of an additional one million people being displaced across the four countries if no action is taken.”

Coronavirus: Peru allows Venezuela medics amid pandemic (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Peru allows Venezuela medics amid pandemic. “Peru is letting thousands of Venezuelan health workers who fled their country join the Peruvian health system during the coronavirus pandemic. Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra signed a decree which exempts qualified foreign doctors and nurses from having to validate their degrees. Peru has more than 430,000 cases of coronavirus and its health service has been struggling.”

Wired: On YouTube, vloggers are teaching people how to migrate illegally

Wired: On YouTube, vloggers are teaching people how to migrate illegally . “Since 2017, we have come across over two dozen accounts like Didi’s on YouTube – of people from North Africa migrating to Europe and beyond using irregular and often dangerous means, and passing that knowledge onto other users, while blogging about their lives. As this virtual community has grown, online platforms have fostered an ecosystem for migratory networks, central to which are personalities such as Didi and their relatively unfiltered content, standing in contrast with Morocco’s heavily state-dominated media landscape.”

Mashable: This Supreme Court case could criminalize online immigration activism. Here’s why.

Mashable: This Supreme Court case could criminalize online immigration activism. Here’s why.. “The case, U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith, originates from a federal district court in California where a federal grand jury convicted immigration consultant Evelyn Sineneng-Smith for fraud after she told her undocumented clients they could maintain legal status under a program she knew had expired. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did little to overturn that conviction. What it did overturn, however, was a separate conviction that found Sineneng-Smith guilty under a 1986 federal law that makes it a crime to ‘encourage’ and ‘induce’ known undocumented immigrants to reside in the U.S. And it did so on First Amendment grounds.”

New York Daily News: Nearly half a million U.S. naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens to become available online

New York Daily News: Nearly half a million U.S. naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens to become available online. “More than 400,000 naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens will become available online as part of a new project funded by the feds. The three-year, $872,000 grant from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration will pay for the Bronx and Queens County Clerks offices to upload thousand of records online and then promote them.”

American Federation of Labor: History Now Digital (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: American Federation of Labor: History Now Digital. “Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed the growth of two transformative but intertwined forces: massive waves of immigration from 1880 to 1920 and the roiling discontent of labor. Few organizations struggled to balance these developments more than the American Federation of Labor, one of the nation’s premier labor organizations.”

Saints by Sea: BYU database collects stories of Latter-day Saint maritime immigration (Daily Herald)

Daily Herald: Saints by Sea: BYU database collects stories of Latter-day Saint maritime immigration. “[Fred] Woods, a professor of religious education at Brigham Young University in Provo, is the compiler for Saints by Sea, a database housed by the BYU Harold B. Lee Library that includes autobiographies, journals, images and letters of more than 1,000 members of The Church of Latter-day Saints who immigrated to the United States by sea.”

BuzzFeed News: A Google Staffer Helped Sell Trump’s Family Separation Policy, Despite The Company Denials

BuzzFeed News: A Google Staffer Helped Sell Trump’s Family Separation Policy, Despite The Company Denials. “Google executives misled their own employees last week when they said a former top Department of Homeland Security official who had recently joined the company was ‘not involved in the family separation policy,’ government emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.”

The Harvard Crimson: Incoming Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked

The Harvard Crimson: Incoming Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked. “While most Harvard freshmen settle into their dorms Tuesday, one new student, Ismail B. Ajjawi ’23, faces ongoing negotiations with immigration officers to allow him to enter the United States and study at the College. U.S. officials deported Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian resident of Tyre, Lebanon, Friday night shortly after he arrived at Boston Logan International Airport. Before canceling Ajjawi’s visa, immigration officers subjected him to hours of questioning — at one point leaving to search his phone and computer — according to a written statement by Ajjawi.”

CNN: Social network Homeis thinks a safe space for immigrants online is possible

CNN: Social network Homeis thinks a safe space for immigrants online is possible. “For the past two years, an Israeli entrepreneur has been working on what may seem like an idealistic, impossible task for this moment in time: building a better corner of the internet for immigrants. Ran Harnevo, 44, is the co-founder and CEO of new startup Homeis — a social network that feels like a hybrid between neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor and Facebook (FB).”

American Bar Association: New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation

American Bar Association: New online platform connects lawyers with immigrant children facing deportation . “Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation provides a way for pro bono lawyers across the nation to search for cases posted by civil legal aid providers to address legal relief for unaccompanied children who have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Attorneys can search for cases by geographic location, case type and posting organization. Cases will be provided by legal aid and pro bono programs nationwide and include mentoring support.”