Immigration

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The group Cache Refugee and Immigration Connections, or CRIC, is currently holding its annual back-to-school drive asking for donations from community members. 

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In his memoir, “The Weight of Shadows,” José Orduña chronicles the process of becoming a North American citizen in a post-9/11 United States. Intractable realities—rooted in the continuity of US imperialism to globalism—form the landscape of Orduña’s daily experience, where the geopolitical meets the quotidian. In one anecdote, he recalls how the only apartment his parents could rent was one that didn’t require signing a lease or running a credit check, where the floors were so crooked he once dropped an orange and watched it roll in six directions before settling in a corner.

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Our guest for the hour is Ann Burroughs, president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and newly elected chair of the Global Assembly of Amnesty Interational. She gave the keynote speech for the Tanner Center for Human Rights lecture series on August 30th at the University of Utah. The title of her lecture was "Never Again is Now: Remembering and Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Protecting Civil Rights."

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In his memoir, “The Weight of Shadows,” José Orduña chronicles the process of becoming a North American citizen in a post-9/11 United States. Intractable realities—rooted in the continuity of US imperialism to globalism—form the landscape of Orduña’s daily experience, where the geopolitical meets the quotidian. In one anecdote, he recalls how the only apartment his parents could rent was one that didn’t require signing a lease or running a credit check, where the floors were so crooked he once dropped an orange and watched it roll in six directions before settling in a corner.

Penguin Random House

Today on Access Utah, as a part of “Our Favorite Books” series, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Willa Cather’s “My Antonia.” Tom Williams’ guests include Cather scholars and USU professors Evelyn Funda and Steve Shively. Funda says that “My Antonia” is fresh and contemporary and raises issues about immigration, assimilation, class and female power that resonate today. We also talk about Funda’s mother, also named Antonia, who escaped her native Czechoslovakia in 1955 as the Communist Iron Curtain closed in.

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Our guest for the hour is Ann Burroughs, president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and newly elected chair of the Global Assembly of Amnesty Interational. She gave the keynote speech for the Tanner Center for Human Rights lecture series on August 30th at the University of Utah. The title of her lecture was "Never Again is Now: Remembering and Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Protecting Civil Rights."

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It’s a pledge drive special edition of Access Utah today. My special guest for the hour is Dr. Jason Gilmore, assistant professor of Communication Studies at Utah State Unviersity. We’ll reach into the archives for parts of some of our favorite episodes of the program.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement center.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has received three proposals for a new detention facility for its operations in Salt Lake City, but none of the proposals would be built in Utah.

The federal agency began its search last year for a new detention facility somewhere in the Salt Lake City area or at least within 180 miles (290 kilometers) from its local field office and immigration court.

Jenny Wilson
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson is throwing down the gauntlet to Mitt Romney on immigration.

Wilson said in a news conference Thursday Romney is "out of touch" with Utah voters on the issue. She says Romney's policies are harsh, including ending so-called chain migration, a term critics use to describe family-based immigration. He's also supported a border wall backed by President Donald Trump.

The Palm Beach Post

Student survivors of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting lose the venue for their Utah rally. Vicky Chavez, a woman from Honduras who came to the U.S. seeking asylum, loses an appeal to have her case reconsidered by the courts. She says she'll keep trying, while she and her daughters remain sheltered at the local church that has housed them since January. And how quickly are Utah judges signing off on search warrants for law enforcement?

 

First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, UT
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A Honduran woman who has been taking sanctuary with her two daughters in a Utah church for the past six months is vowing to keep fighting for asylum.

Vicky Chavez told reporters Monday night that she hopes to be a voice for other women who are victims of domestic violence. She fled Honduras four years ago out of fear of an abusive boyfriend.

Standing on a field of grass a child holds a sign that says "End family concentration camps." The child's face is hidden by the sign.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the Trump administration’s family separation policy, at the end of June, a California judge ruled border separations must stop, and families must be reunited. In cities across the United States, many residents think this ruling is good but doesn’t do enough for families and migrants.

Seated attendees listen to speakers at the vigil holding unlit candles.
Tamsen Maloy

In response to the separation of migrant families crossing the U.S./Mexico border, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement in support of keeping families together. A non-partisan group of Mormon women held a vigil in Salt Lake City last weekend for families affected by the separations.

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Utah's religious and political leaders respond to the Trump administration's initial policy of separating families at the borders. Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes owns land close to the boundaries of the proposed inland port, which appears to disqualify him from the board he appointed himself to. And in San Juan County, a Navajo candidate files a lawsuit challenging the county's decision to disqualify him from the ballot. 

Group of migrant children together on mats with silver shock blankets.
US Customs and Border Control

After intense pushback against separating migrant children from their parents at the United States southern border, President Trump signed an executive order ending these separations. 

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President Trump has signed an executive order allowing families to be detained together under his “zero tolerance” immigration policy. This comes amid a furor over the separation of children from their parents at the border. In the meantime, Congress continues to search for a fix to the immigration system. We’ll talk about the crisis at the border today on Access Utah. Our guests will include Pastor Steve Klemz of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City; Erika George, Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law in the S.J.

Missing woman from Provo, Utah found dead.
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Utah police say they've found the body of a woman who disappeared on her way home from English class three years ago shortly after she moved from Mexico.

Authorities said Thursday that Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado's death is being investigated as a homicide after her skeletal remains were found in a canyon several miles (kilometers) from where she was last seen.

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“My whole childhood, I never had a bed.” That’s how Elva Trevino Hart opens her memoir “Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child.”

“Barefoot Heart” is a vividly told autobiographical account of the life of a child growing up in a

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This episode of Access Utah is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils in partnership with the Pulitzer Prizes Board for a collaboration between UPR, Utah Humanities, and The Salt Lake City Library. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. The initiative is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

MSNBC

Mitt Romney takes a hard stance on Dreamers and suggests a merit-based U.S. immigration system. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signs a Medicaid expansion bill that will cover 70,000 needy Utahns, if the federal government approves it. And a look back at this past weekend's student-led march against gun violence as well as the counter demonstration by gun rights activists.  

 

The Salt Lake Tribune

On the eve of her scheduled deportation, a young mother and her two children find sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City. The cost of moving the state prison is turning out to be more than lawmakers originally told the public, as the price tag nears $700 million. And the state spent $33 million to file an unfinished application for the Lake Powell pipeline. 

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The Mormon church is calling on national leaders to support "Dreamer" immigrants who the religion says have earned the right to continue to "contribute positively" to society.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Friday in a statement that it respects the right of nations to establish immigration laws, but called on leaders to create polices that give "hope and opportunities" for "Dreamer" immigrants. That refers to young people brought to the country as children illegally and raised here through no fault of their own.

Immigration Reform, Utah Youth Suicide, & More On This Behind The Headlines

Jan 19, 2018
The New Yorker

Utah Rep. Mia Love meets with Pres. Donald Trump to discuss immigration reform. As Utah's youth suicide rate continues to rise, Gov. Gary Herbert creates a task force to address the issue. The LDS Church gets a new leader and sees changes in its top governing council. And Salt Lake Tribune columnist Holly Richardson advises on how to encourage women to run for political office.

Mia Love, Republican Representative, talks immigration with Trump.
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Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss immigration but did not discuss vulgar remarks the president is reported to have made about Haiti and Africa.

Love, the first black female Republican in Congress and the daughter of Haitian immigrants, criticized the remarks last week, calling them "unkind, divisive, and elitist."

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Immigration reform groups are working to keep the 13,600 Utahns currently eligible for DACA in the United States. Representatives from the groups said children who immigrated to the U.S. with their parents have a positive impact on Utah’s economy.

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