Author: Isabela Dias

Behind the Tweet That Became the Rallying Cry for the Insurrection

This article is a collaboration between Mother Jones and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, which is a nonprofit investigative newsroom. Sign up to get their investigations emailed to you directly.  On the evening of Monday, November 2, 2020, the 35-year-old attorney who would jump-start the #StopTheSteal hashtag says he was meeting with Trump campaign officials in Philadelphia.  The […]

Republican Glenn Youngkin Wins Virginia Governor Race

On Tuesday, Virginia voters cast their ballots to elect a new governor in the most closely watched election since President Joe Biden took office. After weeks of polls showing a deadlocked off-year race between former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin, the GOP candidate prevailed in a state that had increasingly leaned […]

CBP “Significantly Reduced” Punishments for Employees Who Joked About Migrant Deaths on Facebook

A border patrol supervisor who posted an internal video of a migrant falling off a cliff to their death was recommended for removal. Instead, he ended up with a 30-day suspension. A California intelligence border patrol agent who posted “let’s get back to work, these children arent [sic] going to separate themselves” received only a […]

Biden Is About to Restart One of the Cruelest Parts of Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Regime

Under a court-mandated order, the Biden administration is gearing up to bring back a Trump-era border policy that pushed thousands of non-Mexican asylum seekers into Mexico, to wait there for their hearings in US immigration courts. The move comes after a Trump-appointed federal judge sided with the states of Texas and Missouri in a lawsuit challenging […]

The Kids the Pandemic Left Behind

On the night Esteban’s mother went to the hospital, five ambulances crowded the street in front of their red-brick walk-up in the DC suburbs. It was late May 2020, and COVID-19 had swept through their densely packed apartment complex, where many of the one- and two-bedroom units housed multiple immigrant families from Central America. More […]

“Illegal…Inhumane” Immigration Policy Prompts Another Big Resignation at the State Department

Less than two weeks after the US special envoy for Haiti resigned in response to the “inhumane” deportation of Haitians arriving at the Southern border, a senior State Department official has also quit, decrying the Biden administration’s continued use of a Trump-era policy known as Title 42. In an internal memo from October 2 obtained by Politico, State Department legal […]

Anti-Vaccine Zealots Pose a Threat to Canada’s Democracy, Too

This story was originally published by Canada’s National Observer and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. While vaccines and mask policies are viewed favorably by most Canadians, the vocal minority who oppose them are a growing threat—not only to public health, but to public safety and even democracy itself. In recent weeks, anti-vaccine protests have […]

“I Don’t Understand What The Surprise Is”: How the West Stopped Paying Attention to Afghanistan

In the days before the Taliban seized control of Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan, veteran Brazilian journalist and writer Adriana Carranca received a message from an 18-year-old Afghan girl. Carranca, the author of several books including Afghanistan After the Taliban (2011) and Malala, the Girl Who Wanted to go to School (2015), had met […]