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Not Bad Hombres

Sonia Nazario ’82 writes in the New York Times:

But President Trump has decided to get tough on many of the 60,000 Central American children who arrive at our border each year begging for safety after fleeing some of the most dangerous places on earth. His executive orders, and memos from the Department of Homeland Security on how to interpret them, could strip this special treatment from the roughly 60 percent of unaccompanied children who have a parent already living in the United States. If Kendra and Roberto were just entering the United States now, they would fall into this group; instead they kept their protections and were eventually united with their mother, a house painter in Los Angeles.

Parents like her, the argument goes, are exploiting benefits established to help children who really are alone here. The administration has threatened to deport parents who send for their children or prosecute them for hiring smugglers.

Good. We just had an election fought over the issue of illegal immigration and Nazario’s side lost. She believes that anyone (adult or child) who is fleeing a violent country should be admitted to the United States. This is open-borders in all but name. I (and a largish majority of US citizens) disagree. We want an immigration policy much more like Japan’s.

It will be interesting to see if Trump (along with Bannon/Miller) delivers on his promises. So far, I am hopeful!


Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Sonia Nazario ’82 writes in The New York Times:

Three years ago, Honduras had the highest homicide rate in the world. The city of San Pedro Sula had the highest homicide rate in the country. And the Rivera Hernández neighborhood, where 194 people were killed or hacked to death in 2013, had the highest homicide rate in the city. Tens of thousands of young Hondurans traveled to the United States to plead for asylum from the drug gangs’ violence.

Nazario is most famous for arguing that the US ought to have, more or less, open borders. We should provide asylum to anyone fleeing violence. Since almost all poor countries are much more violent than the West, this position amounts to giving everyone from places like Honduras the right to live in the US.

Call me crazy, but I have no interest in allowing millions of people from places like Rivera Hernández to come to my country.

This summer I returned to Rivera Hernández to find a remarkable reduction in violence, much of it thanks to programs funded by the United States that have helped community leaders tackle crime. By treating violence as if it were a communicable disease and changing the environment in which it propagates, the United States has not only helped to make these places safer, but has also reduced the strain on our own country.

First, it is hardly surprising that, if you return three years later to the place that was (then) the most violent spot in the world, you will find a reduction in violence. This is almost a textbook example of regression toward the mean.

Second, all (?) Nazario’s sources have a vested interest in her thesis being true. It’s like writing a report from Iraq in the fall of 2003 and only talking to Neocons! A proper reporter would have talked to more (any?) critics, would have discussed the argument that US dollars are no more likely to make Honduras better off in the long run than similar efforts have worked elsewhere.

But, like all of Nazario’s work, especially Enrique’s Journey, the story-telling sparkles. Read the whole thing.


Bi Medals

The College is giving Bicentenial Medals to a simply outstanding set of alumni tomorrow.

Williams College President Morton Owen Schapiro will present five of the college’s Bicentennial Medals during the college’s annual Convocation ceremony Saturday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. in Chapin Hall. Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college’s 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor. The college awarded 23 Bicentennial Medals in 1993 and has added five to seven in each year since.

I think moving the ceremony to Convocation — in front of the seniors — is an especially nice touch. The winners include: Felix Grossman ’56 (father of Dave Grossman ’87 and father-in-law to Jen (Morris) Grossman ’89 — roomate of my lovely wife) and Sonia Nazario ’82, Pulitzer Prize winner.

If you read nothing else Eph-related this week-end, read Nazario’s Enriques Journey.

Kudos to whoever selected these winners and decided to switch the event to Convocation. I assume that Morty and Steve Birrell ’64 deserve much of the credit . . .


Schiff ’82 Pulitzer



I just got my first issue of EphNotes, “AN ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR WILLIAMS VOLUNTEERS”, in ALL CAPS. This is a e-mail that I have heard mentioned in the past, but which I now get for reasons that are unclear to me. In any event, there is no reason to be jealous, since they plan on sending it out to every Williams alum for whom they have a mailing address in the near future. If they really go through with that, I would recommend making it a quarterly rather than a monthly item (with perhaps a webpage where the more interested among us could go more often). Actually, what they really need is a good blog. Hold on! That’s our niche. ;-)

In any event, the more interesting item was about the recently awarded Pulitzer Prizes.

Eph journalists Sonia Nazario ’82 and Shawn Boburg ’00 were recently awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their writing. Nazario, writing for the Los Angeles Times, took the prize for her feature about a Honduran boy’s search for his American immigrant mother. Boburg collaborated with other writers at the Eagle Tribune in Lawrence, Mass., to take first for a breaking news series on the accidental drowning of four boys in that city late last year.

The article by Nazario, direct link here, is engrossing.


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