February 22, 2024

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A record number of migrants crossed the southern border of the U.S. this year, and accounts have emerged throughout the year of cities struggling to provide services to an influx of immigrants. Republicans have tied foreign aid for Ukraine and Israel to call for stricter policies regarding asylum seekers, while Democrats have been stymied in search of a more humane approach to a crisis with no easy solutions in sight. There’s a reason the last major overhaul of the immigration system in the United States was in 1986. Changing conditions and a political impasse have created a state of chaos that the Biden Administration can no longer deny. In June, the New Yorker staff writer Dexter Filkins spoke with David Remnick about what he learned from reporting at the southern border. Plus, a visit with the poet John Lee Clark, whose writing on the DeafBlind experience is full of humor and life.

Dexter Filkins Reports on the Border Crisis

The last major overhaul of the immigration system was in 1986. Changing conditions and a political impasse have created a state of chaos that the Biden Administration can no longer deny.


The Poet John Lee Clark’s “How to Communicate” Brings DeafBlind Experience to the Page

Clark’s collection, a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, is a meditation on language and communication.


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