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When There Is No Solid Ground

By Sharika Thiranagama. On a Saturday evening at San Francisco airport, I was chanting with others gathered there “Let Them Out” and “Let the Lawyers In,” a demand for those detained under President Trump’s Executive Order at the Customs and Border Protection…

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When There Is No Solid Ground

By Sharika Thiranagama. On a Saturday evening at San Francisco airport, I was chanting with others gathered there “Let Them Out” and “Let the Lawyers In,” a demand for those detained under President Trump’s Executive Order at the Customs and Border Protection…

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Make America Israel Again: Targeting Empathy at the Border

By Nikolas Kosmatopoulos. I found refuge—and resistance—in the feminist and subversive poetry of Qabbani while being “screened” by Border Police and Homeland Security agents at Newark Airport only a few hours after my arrival from Beirut…

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Make America Israel Again: Targeting Empathy at the Border

By Nikolas Kosmatopoulos. I found refuge—and resistance—in the feminist and subversive poetry of Qabbani while being “screened” by Border Police and Homeland Security agents at Newark Airport only a few hours after my arrival from Beirut…

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“Home” Does Not Equal “Citizenship”

By Sara Shneiderman. Where is home? For any of us? What does it mean to belong?

Since the executive order on immigration was signed, I’ve been haunted by a photograph taken by my great uncle David Seymour “Chim” in a Warsaw orphanage in 1948…

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“Home” Does Not Equal “Citizenship”

By Sara Shneiderman. Where is home? For any of us? What does it mean to belong?

Since the executive order on immigration was signed, I’ve been haunted by a photograph taken by my great uncle David Seymour “Chim” in a Warsaw orphanage in 1948…

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Chaos and Fear in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Orders

By Anne Knight. I am a corporate lawyer in New York with experience working pro bono on asylum cases and refugee issues. When the Executive Order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily suspending…

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Chaos and Fear in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Orders

By Anne Knight. I am a corporate lawyer in New York with experience working pro bono on asylum cases and refugee issues. When the Executive Order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily suspending…

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Versions of Humanity

By Catherine Besteman. Last Thursday I experienced first hand the U.S.’s vast ideological divide. In the afternoon, I gave an author talk to a book club based at a local university who had read my book about Somali refugees in Maine.In the evening I attended a talk at the same by a conservative Maine State…

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Versions of Humanity

By Catherine Besteman. Last Thursday I experienced first hand the U.S.’s vast ideological divide. In the afternoon, I gave an author talk to a book club based at a local university who had read my book about Somali refugees in Maine.In the evening I attended a talk at the same by a conservative Maine State…

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A Few Snapshots of The U.S. Borders

By Shahram Khosravi. In May 2013, I arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport, on my way to a workshop in Irvine. It was early, around 4 am. The border control officer was weary but not too sleepy to let me pass through just like others, many of them Swedish passport holders…

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A Few Snapshots of The U.S. Borders

By Shahram Khosravi. In May 2013, I arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport, on my way to a workshop in Irvine. It was early, around 4 am. The border control officer was weary but not too sleepy to let me pass through just like others, many of them Swedish passport holders…

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The Dangers of Exceptionalism

By Nisrin Elamin. I was one of over 100 people detained at U.S. airports in late January, under President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya from entering the country. I was doing dissertation research in Sudan…

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The Dangers of Exceptionalism

By Nisrin Elamin. I was one of over 100 people detained at U.S. airports in late January, under President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya from entering the country. I was doing dissertation research in Sudan…

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A Distorted Image of Immigrants

By Susan Bibler Coutin. The three immigration-related executive orders that the Trump administration issued during its first two weeks in office present a distorted image of immigrants as criminals, terrorists, and dangerous. While this is not surprising, given Trump’s…

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A Distorted Image of Immigrants

By Susan Bibler Coutin. The three immigration-related executive orders that the Trump administration issued during its first two weeks in office present a distorted image of immigrants as criminals, terrorists, and dangerous. While this is not surprising, given Trump’s…

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Trumps, Pirates, Refugees and Terrorists

By Sébastien Bachelet. A “Muslim-majority” country, Morocco – a place not (yet) on Trump’s travel ban, was allegedly the first country to recognize the United States of America in the late 1770s. Much has changed since George Washington wrote to Muhammed Ibn Abdullah…

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Trumps, Pirates, Refugees and Terrorists

By Sébastien Bachelet. A “Muslim-majority” country, Morocco – a place not (yet) on Trump’s travel ban, was allegedly the first country to recognize the United States of America in the late 1770s. Much has changed since George Washington wrote to Muhammed Ibn Abdullah…

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Refuge, Recognition, and Resistance

By Jennifer Curtis. In the past few weeks, my mother has taken to texting me on Fridays: “The time is now a quarter to Shabbat. Brace yourself.” Her semi-joking message references the “Shabbat theory” of the Trump administration, which holds that its most shocking actions…

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Refuge, Recognition, and Resistance

By Jennifer Curtis. In the past few weeks, my mother has taken to texting me on Fridays: “The time is now a quarter to Shabbat. Brace yourself.” Her semi-joking message references the “Shabbat theory” of the Trump administration, which holds that its most shocking actions…

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2017 APLA Book Prize

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) is pleased to invite nominations for the 2017 APLA Book Prize competition. The association will recognize work that best exemplifies creativity and rigor in the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and/or their interstices…

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2017 APLA Book Prize

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) is pleased to invite nominations for the 2017 APLA Book Prize competition. The association will recognize work that best exemplifies creativity and rigor in the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and/or their interstices…

My wife and I made promises to do certain things with the kids over the summer.  During August, I decided to take a day off each week - alternating Wednesday’s and Thursday’s - to complete the checklist.  Among them was a trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  The kids and I have been to Ellis Island on school trips - I chaperoned my daughter’s class - but my wife had been to neither.  It was raining in Skillman, NJ but we hoped the weather in Jersey City would be better.  It rained the entire boat ride to and from Ellis Island.  Our tour included a stop at Liberty Island but the heavy rain kept us on the boat.

This was taken on the boat ride back from Liberty Island to Jersey City.  It’s a single image “fake HDR” processed in Nik Software’s [HDR Efex Pro](http://www.niksoftware.com/hdrefexpro/).

Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: AF-S Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5

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The Narcissist and the Nationalist

By John Torpey. Scarcely one week into his presidency, Donald J. Trump issued an executive order barring from the United States all refugees for 120 days, all Syrian refugees until further notice, and all passport-holders from seven Muslim-majority countries…

My wife and I made promises to do certain things with the kids over the summer.  During August, I decided to take a day off each week - alternating Wednesday’s and Thursday’s - to complete the checklist.  Among them was a trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  The kids and I have been to Ellis Island on school trips - I chaperoned my daughter’s class - but my wife had been to neither.  It was raining in Skillman, NJ but we hoped the weather in Jersey City would be better.  It rained the entire boat ride to and from Ellis Island.  Our tour included a stop at Liberty Island but the heavy rain kept us on the boat.

This was taken on the boat ride back from Liberty Island to Jersey City.  It’s a single image “fake HDR” processed in Nik Software’s [HDR Efex Pro](http://www.niksoftware.com/hdrefexpro/).

Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: AF-S Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5

http://khurt.com/photos/2012/08/23/carnegie-lake/

The Narcissist and the Nationalist

By John Torpey. Scarcely one week into his presidency, Donald J. Trump issued an executive order barring from the United States all refugees for 120 days, all Syrian refugees until further notice, and all passport-holders from seven Muslim-majority countries…

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Cruel, But Not Unusual

By Tobias Kelly. Seen from this side of the Atlantic, Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration and refugees certainly seem cruel, but not that unusual. The center ground of European politics has long treated immigration as a problem to be solved, rather than an opportunity to embrace…

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Cruel, But Not Unusual

By Tobias Kelly. Seen from this side of the Atlantic, Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration and refugees certainly seem cruel, but not that unusual. The center ground of European politics has long treated immigration as a problem to be solved, rather than an opportunity to embrace…

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Doing Bad By Stealth?

By Anthony Good. While the Trump administration’s arbitrary curbs on would-be refugees are provoking demonstrations worldwide, it is ironic to reflect that many of the demonstrators live in countries where the immigration rules are just as restrictive, though less overtly discriminatory…

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Doing Bad By Stealth?

By Anthony Good. While the Trump administration’s arbitrary curbs on would-be refugees are provoking demonstrations worldwide, it is ironic to reflect that many of the demonstrators live in countries where the immigration rules are just as restrictive, though less overtly discriminatory…

Limar was born on 3 August the first child of Liqaa and Bassel who currently live in Zaatari camp. 

This is what her mother Liqaa had to say:

"It was such a beautiful day for me and for my husband to see this sweet baby. I was so happy. After giving birth I was tired but after seeing her I forgot about my tiredness.

"I missed my family so much on that day. I was crying, and until now I miss them so much and think of going back but it's not safe to go back. I wanted to go to give birth in Syria and be next to my family but it was too dangerous.

"Before giving birth I didn't mind life inside the camp. My husband tried so much to get us out but I refused. But now it's so difficult to raise a baby here. The climate is too hot for her during the day, and in the night it's so cold. Hospitals here are not that good to get medicines and medical services. Adults can get by with the services we have here but for children it's much harder."

"What I wish from the international community is to help the Syrian people to find a political solution, to help us to go back to our country, to our life, to our future. 

"I said earlier that we need peace in Syria for our children. Now that I've given birth to Limar it's even more important for me and for her to have our country back, for her to grow up there with our family. I look forward to going back to Syria as soon as possible."

On Trump’s Executive Order

By Nicole Constable. As a naturalized U.S. citizen and as a scholar of migration, I consider Donald Trump’s executive order that indefinitely bars Syrian refugees, suspends refugee admission for 120 days, restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, and rescinds visas…

Limar was born on 3 August the first child of Liqaa and Bassel who currently live in Zaatari camp. 

This is what her mother Liqaa had to say:

"It was such a beautiful day for me and for my husband to see this sweet baby. I was so happy. After giving birth I was tired but after seeing her I forgot about my tiredness.

"I missed my family so much on that day. I was crying, and until now I miss them so much and think of going back but it's not safe to go back. I wanted to go to give birth in Syria and be next to my family but it was too dangerous.

"Before giving birth I didn't mind life inside the camp. My husband tried so much to get us out but I refused. But now it's so difficult to raise a baby here. The climate is too hot for her during the day, and in the night it's so cold. Hospitals here are not that good to get medicines and medical services. Adults can get by with the services we have here but for children it's much harder."

"What I wish from the international community is to help the Syrian people to find a political solution, to help us to go back to our country, to our life, to our future. 

"I said earlier that we need peace in Syria for our children. Now that I've given birth to Limar it's even more important for me and for her to have our country back, for her to grow up there with our family. I look forward to going back to Syria as soon as possible."

On Trump’s Executive Order

By Nicole Constable. As a naturalized U.S. citizen and as a scholar of migration, I consider Donald Trump’s executive order that indefinitely bars Syrian refugees, suspends refugee admission for 120 days, restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, and rescinds visas…

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Speaking Justice to Power: APLA / PoLAR Respond to the Trump Executive Order on Immigration

By Heath Cabot. PoLAR and APLA are pleased to publish a series by scholars responding to the U.S. executive order on immigration…

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Speaking Justice to Power: APLA / PoLAR Respond to the Trump Executive Order on Immigration

By Heath Cabot. PoLAR and APLA are pleased to publish a series by scholars responding to the U.S. executive order on immigration…