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New PoLAR Virtual Edition on Immigration!

A new PoLAR virtual edition entitled “Immigration” has been compiled, with free online access to all articles until June. The new edition collects classic PoLAR articles that complement the APLA series, Speaking Truth to Justice: APLA/PoLAR Respond to the Trump Executive…

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New PoLAR Virtual Edition on Immigration!

A new PoLAR virtual edition entitled “Immigration” has been compiled, with free online access to all articles until June. The new edition collects classic PoLAR articles that complement the APLA series, Speaking Truth to Justice: APLA/PoLAR Respond to the Trump Executive…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

“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…

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…

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…

Versions of Humanity: Introduction to Part 3

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…

Versions of Humanity: Introduction to Part 3

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…