Catherine Traywick

Catherine A. Traywick is a freelance journalist and writer. She is a staff writer and contributing editor at Hyphen magazine, a contributing writer at Ms. magazine, and an immigration blogger for the Media Consortium. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, Ms. magazine, and the Arizona Republic, among others. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Gender Studies.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 11:37am
How Bad U.S.-Latin American Policy Fuels Unauthorized Immigration
Too often, the immigration debate in this country ignores the role U.S. foreign policy plays in fueling unauthorized immigration. But as the Obama administration continues to stall on immigration reform in the United States—all the while moving forward with two contentious trade agreements with Colombia and Panama—the connections between the two are worth examining.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 4:18pm
Why Sexual Violence Against Latina Farmworkers Is a Hate Crime
This week, two high-profile trials involving the racially motivated murders of Latinos in Pennsylvania and Arizona are exposing the unsettling implications of growing anti-immigrant sentiment.
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Friday, December 17, 2010 - 9:57am
Why We Need a Deportation Moratorium Now
As a floundering Congress repeatedly impedes the passage of widely supported immigration measures like the DREAM Act, reform advocates are refocusing their efforts and calling on President Barack Obama to declare a moratorium on deportations.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 11:18am
Lawless Judges, Immigrant Soldiers, and Deportee Pardons
Here’s the harsh truth about our immigration system: When 392,000 immigrants are detained per year and 33,000 more are detained everyday with limited staff and minimal federal oversight, institutional misconduct is inevitable.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 12:13pm
Why Detention Reform Is Desperately Needed
Last October, the Obama administration’s announced their intention to reform the detention system —to improve the management, medical care and accountability within detention centers, and make better use of low-cost alternatives to detention.
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Friday, October 15, 2010 - 8:11am
The Burden of Record-Breaking Deportations
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that it had broken its own record for deportations, affirming the Obama administration’s zeal for heavy-handed immigration enforcement. According to the announcement, deportations have increased by 70 percent since the Bush administration, totaling 392,000 in fiscal year 2010.
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Friday, October 1, 2010 - 10:26am
Schools a Minefield for Undocumented Students After DREAM Defeat
It’s no secret that anti-immigrant activists have a penchant for targeting youth, the most vulnerable of the undocumented set. But the Senate defeat of the popular DREAM Act confirmed the obvious. The war on immigrants is being waged not only along our borders, but within our classrooms as well.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 12:22pm
Immigrants Abused, Denied Social Services in Broken Immigration System
After decades of misguided policies and patchwork practices, the high human costs of our disordered immigration system are only starting to emerge. Stricter immigration policies and overcrowded detention centers aren't making our streets safer or our social services more accessible.
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Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 10:41am
Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Crusade Continues
Though Arizona's SB 1070 went into effect without its most controversial provisions, the legislation's stated intent-attrition through enforcement-is nevertheless gaining traction among anti-immigrant legislators across the nation. In the wake of the law's enactment, other states are coming out in support of Arizona, some developing policy modeled after SB 1070. Others even hope to alter the U.S. constitution to deny "birthright citizenship" to children of undocumented immigrants. Arizona stands firm against injunction
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