Tolerance, a fundamental value of democracy, has fallen victim to the conditions asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants flee, and, sadly has little valence in the immigration policies of the nations in which they seek refuge and asylum. In this post, Betty Reardon applies some of the underlying principles of her 1994 publication, “Tolerance – the Threshold of Peace,” to today’s issues of mass immigration.
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The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, FLACSO-Ecuador, and the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC) are pleased to announce the second annual Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders will take place from June 5-24, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador at FLACSO, with graduate-level credit issued by UMass Boston. The program will focus on conflict and peace in border regions.
This article by The Atlantic observes that educators, advocates, and community and elected leaders are questioning the untold hardship on schoolchildren as America limps along with seemingly complex, confusing immigration laws and regulations. A 2013 study by the advocacy organization Human Impact Partners, “Family Unity, Family Health,” found that the deportation scares take a mental and physical toll on undocumented immigrants’ children. Researchers linked the threat of detention and deportation to poorer educational outcomes, concluding: “U.S.-citizen children who live in families under threat of detention or deportation will finish fewer years of school and face challenges focusing on their studies.”