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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.

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Conservatives needn’t panic about the end of Title 42

By: - May 13, 2022

Trump’s former immigration adviser is having a premonition of doom. Stephen Miller has the dubious distinction of authoring ex-President Trump’s (anti-)immigration policies.  He retweeted news of a Centers for Disease Control announcement last month, saying: “This will mean armageddon on the border. This is how nations end.”  So what on Earth could a public health […]

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Relocating ICE detainees isn’t enough, release people from ‘inhumane’ federal custody

By: - March 29, 2022

During the first week of February, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General showed up at Torrance County Detention Facility in Estancia, N.M. to conduct a surprise inspection.  The staff at the facility shouldn’t have been surprised. Over the last two years Torrance County has been under about as much scrutiny that a […]

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U.S. opens arms for Ukrainian refugees while turning back others fleeing violence

By: - March 17, 2022

The Department of Justice had a tough day in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit earlier this month. There, in a court case called Huisha-Huisha v. Mayorkas, the judge ruled that the Biden administration cannot use a public health order to expel migrant families into countries where they would face […]

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Dear Rep. Herrell

By: - March 3, 2022

I am not a person who normally peruses the headlines of Fox News. Yet last week, I clicked on a link: GOP lawmaker says U.S. should offer asylum to Canadian truckers after Trudeau’s ‘heavy-handed crackdown.’ I was lured in by the novelty of any GOP lawmaker suggesting the U.S. offer asylum to people and the […]

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A tech wall at the border is just as dangerous as a physical one

By: - February 24, 2022

Six years ago, when Donald Trump was campaigning for the presidency, the border wall emerged as a major theme. As he constructed a platform based on deep anti-immigrant sentiment,  the “big, beautiful wall” was a ridiculous campaign promise.  Considering the actual logistical, financial and infrastructural demands of walling 2,000 miles while also getting the country […]

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The COVID tinderbox that is ICE detention is exploding

By: - February 9, 2022

Everyone  has a story of how the fast-moving COVID pandemic and all the attending fear and anxiety affected their lives during March of 2020. It’s hard to think about now.  In all the disorientation, a few things were made clear to our community: cover your face, wash your hands and maintain distance. Things seemed out […]

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Amazon tops a list of companies to ditch in support of immigrants’ human rights

By: - January 18, 2022

Throughout the last year, the Amazon corporation has given American consumers plenty of reasons to question whether we should be using its products and services. The news is filled with horrible stories about Amazon’s treatment of their workers. The company has an astronomical carbon footprint. The billionaire CEO has so much superfluous income he was […]

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Remain in Mexico protocols force thousands of asylum-seekers to endure violence, a report shows

By: - January 5, 2022

The Biden administration is facing heavy criticism for restarting a U.S. government program under court order that resulted in over 6,000 reports of violent assault, including kidnapping, rape, murder, and torture, from migrants with pending asylum cases in the United States.  That number comes from an August report by the Washington-based organization Human Rights First. […]

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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 […]