BIIN’s mission is to promote the dignity and well-being of all immigrants in our community, and to advocate for and facilitate better access to legal, educational and social services. While our organization acts mostly at the local level, it can help all of us to understand the larger forces that impact people’s lives, here and elsewhere. It is in that spirit that we share this list of recommended reading for spring 2021 with you.
On migration and immigration policy:
https://cmsny.org/publications/border-kerwin-031721/ This is a succinct overview of what is happening at the U.S./Mexico border, as of mid-March 2021, from the Center for Migration Studies — a think tank/policy institute associated with a Catholic order. It summarizes the migration trends under the Obama and Trump administration and points to what has happened in the early months of the Biden administration, against the backdrop of global and regional pressures.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/opinion/border-migrants-central-america.html A compelling opinion piece by Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) about our need to understand and respond to the underlying causes of migration from Central America. “Americans must finally acknowledge that the real crisis is not at the border but outside it, and that until we address that crisis, this flow of vulnerable people seeking help at our doorstep will not end anytime soon.”
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/02/08/the-race-to-dismantle-trumps-immigration-policies A probing essay about the impact of changes to immigration rules, regulations and policies (including “hidden” ones) made by the Trump administration, as well as the various challenges that the Biden administration faces as it tries to address them.
On disparities in medical treatment, vaccination and access to economic relief:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/08/us/covid-los-angeles.html An in-depth article about the experiences of two immigrants from the L.A. area who were hospitalized and died from Covid. The article explains the disparities in treatment across hospitals, as a result of the organization and funding of medical care. It also delves into the conditions of the men’s lives and recognizes factors that put them at risk for infection.
https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/25/hispanics-latinos-vaccine/ This article reports disparities in the rates of vaccination against COVID-19 among Hispanics in Texas, and explores some of the obstacles and factors that may help explain why members of this broad demographic category are disproportionately unvaccinated, at this point in the process.
https://time.com/5944806/undocumented-immigrants-covid-19/ This story addresses the impact of the pandemic on undocumented immigrants, who are uneligible for most forms of public assistance, including under the latest COVID-19 relief bill, and who are easily exploited by landlords and others, due to fears of being deported.