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Allegra Love

Allegra Love

Allegra Love is an immigration attorney from Santa Fe. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of New Mexico School of Law. She is the founder of and former director of Santa Fe Dreamers Project, a legal services organization serving immigrants and refugees. Currently she works with the El Paso Immigration Collaborative to represent detained asylum-seekers in the Southwest and in the national movement to abolish immigration detention in the United States.

COMMENTARY

The land border with Mexico is open again, but people still can’t really seek asylum

By: - November 23, 2021

Nov. 8 was a big day for love in the U.S. borderlands. For the first time since March of 2020, the U.S. land border opened to non-essential travel. This meant that fully vaccinated foreign travelers could enter the United States and, for many people who rely on tourist visas to see their loved ones who […]

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Dollar-a-day wage schemes in immigrant detention sound a lot like slavery

By: - November 15, 2021

Across the United States, communities are reckoning with the appropriate rate of minimum wage for people at the local, state and federal levels. There is a sincere debate about whether a $15 minimum wage is actually sufficient for people trying to survive in the current economy. Yet around the country, immigrant detainees are often paid […]

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The hypocrisy in how refugees are treated by the US government

By: - September 27, 2021

After horrific photos emerged of men falling from airplanes and babies in great peril at the Kabul Airport weeks ago, I noticed a dramatic uptick in my various news feeds of the phrase “moral obligation.” Across all mediums, I heard the righteous call for the United States and nations around the globe to remember promises […]

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The neglect-for-profit scheme of corporate detention

By: - September 13, 2021

A colleague and I drove through the desert east of Estancia to the Torrance County Detention Facility a couple of weeks ago. We were going there to speak with half a dozen Nicaraguan asylum-seekers.  After witnessing the sheer remoteness of the facility and the chaos and the desperation of the people detained inside, we agreed […]

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Human rights abuses at the border didn’t stop when Trump lost the presidency

By: - August 31, 2021

The U.S. border has been closed to nearly all people seeking asylum for 18 months. And though outrage about conditions at the border was loud and fervent as the 2020 presidential election approached, it’s all but disappeared since then. Here’s how it happened: In March of 2020, as the pandemic intensified, the Department of Health […]