In celebration of the diversity of the 116th congress, I’m sharing this beautiful visualization illustrating the diverse origin of immigrants to the United States over the years.
Data visualization with a poetic take on the data — historical immigration to the U.S. is shown as a set of tree rings (1830-2015). As time advances, the tree grows, forming rings of immigration. Each ring corresponds to a decade. Cells are deposited in layers, and each cell corresponds to 100 immigrants that arrived in that decade from a specific region outside the U.S.
Pedro Cruz is an Assistant Professor in information visualization at Northeastern University and his work above was one of the winners in the Kantar Information is Beautiful awards. If you like this kind of stuff, you really should check out the other winners.
My twitter feed blew up last weekend. I had to turn off notifications and, even now, four days later, the number of retweets, likes, and responses are still coming in above the usual trickle. I clearly touched a nerve.
A jogger, visiting Canada from France, accidentally crossed the border, was apprehended by US Border Patrol, put into the back of a caged vehicle and driven 200 kms away to a DHS processing facility which took two weeks to clear her. https://t.co/mweyKb5hDU
The original story is really quite amazing and has to be read to be believed.
Responses ranged from outrage from people that have been to the border fighting with people that were incredulous there was no kind of fence or marking of the Canada/US border. . .
For the less ignorant people in the house… the left side is Canada and the right side is the USA. There is no fence or wall or even a sign except for a pick up your dog waste. And that small yellow berm is less than imposing or defining. pic.twitter.com/sDeJ3Gk4Fi
. . . to those that felt the runner was the victim of selective enforcement because of the color of her skin. There were a surprising number of doubters and others who thought the whole story was made up fake news. Several people misread my tweet and dismissed the whole thing as bogus because, “No one could jog all the way to Canada from France!”
The best replies came from those that pointed out that back in 2016 when 1,500 partying inner-tubers were blown off-course into Canadian waters our Northern neighbors scooped up the cold, wet, and tired into 19 buses to bring them back over the border. On top of that, “Sarnia city spokeswoman Katarina Ovens said workers spent several hours cleaning up after the invasion, picking up beer cans, coolers and even picnic tables that had washed up on the shore.”
I miss those innocent times before “zero tolerance”
The hastily announced executive order banning people from several Middle Eastern countries for 90 days and all refugees for four months caused confusion, anguish, and anger across the United States this past weekend. As I monitored the stories that were coming in from airports across the nation, it was the stories of innocent people caught up in the mess that drove home the cruelty of this most “un-American” regulation.
Raya Bidshahri studies neuroscience at Boston University. Because her parents are Iranian, she is worried that they will not be able to visit to see her graduation. Once she is out of school, her visa expires and she fears she will not be able to stay in the United States.
Luca Freschi, an Italian microbial geneticist at Laval University, in Québec, Canada, had planned to move to Harvard Medical School in March. But the US immigration ban has disrupted those plans, because his Iranian wife Maryam will not be able to come with him. She has encouraged Freschi to go without her. – Nature
Suha Abushamma, who is also a Sudanese citizen, was given the choice of withdrawing her visa application “voluntarily” or being forcibly deported and not allowed back to the U.S. for at least five years. – ProPublica
Even BART was getting snarky – suggesting that you could take their train directly to the protests at SFO.
You can take BART to all kinds of weekend events – also, direct service to SFO is running great right now.
At 11:45pm Senator Cory Booker showed up and pushed through the crowd to talk with the Customs & Border Patrol agents who, despite a federal court order suspending the detainments, still held several people for questioning.
“I am now of the belief that though this was issued by the judicial branch, that it was violated tonight,” he said. “And so one of the things I will be doing is fighting to make sure that the executive branch abides by the law as it was issued in this state and around the nation. This will be an ongoing battle.”
Then there’s this story of told in a series of tweets from a vet who served in Iraq.