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The main key to life as an Immigrant: Enrique Lopez’s Story

“The main key to being successful as an immigrant is saving up as much money as you can and that will be the most useful thing in your life as an immigrant.” My parents made sure that that idea was stuck in my head since I was young. I grew up on a farm. My father...

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How a refugee from Burundi has maintained hope

Jenny Munezero was two months old the night the soldiers attacked, and the only one left alive in her family’s house. “To this day nobody knows why I wasn’t killed. It’s still a mystery,” says Munezero, a refugee from Burundi. With a Hutu father and a Tutsi mother,...

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Thousands of asylum cases swamp immigration courts

Thousands of asylum cases have been filed since President Trump started forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. Early this year, the Trump administration began forcing thousands of migrants seeking asylum to return to Mexico, to wait there for immigration court...

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Interview with the Executive Director of Inland Coalition

In the summer 2019, Blanca Ramirez, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, interviewed Javier Hernandez, Executive Director of Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, about the organization’s work in welcoming new refugees from Latin America. The following are excerpts from...

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Longer detention could cause lasting harm to migrant children

This week, the Trump administration announced a new regulation that would allow it to detain migrant families who have crossed the U.S. border illegally for an indefinite period of time. The new rule aims to replace the Flores agreement, a 1997 court settlement which...

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Federal judge restores block on new asylum policy

A federal judge on Monday issued a nationwide order barring the Trump administration from denying asylum to migrants crossing the border unless they have already tried and failed to obtain asylum in another country along the way, an asylum policy that would...

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The “Public Charge” rule and how to prepare for it

Despite widespread opposition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released its final version of the public charge rule, a sweeping regulation that aims to restrict legal immigration. Once in effect, the new policy could impact more than 1 million...

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Iraqi Interpreters shut out from promised US Visas

Iraqi interpreters who risked their lives to work with the American military have been effectively shut out from obtaining the special U.S. visa they were promised. The Trump administration issued only two visas to former Iraqi interpreters last year, according to...

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Foundation tackles border crisis with a local approach

Amid a border crisis between U.S.-Mexico, the Seattle-based Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF) recently made $4 million in grants to border-adjacent nonprofit organizations. This support comes from a foundation that has been paying attention to the border crisis for...

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Labor Shortages slow demand for US Seafood Industry

In recent years, seafood has emerged as an increasingly critical part of the American diet. As U.S. consumers have become more health-conscious, the amount of meat eaten by the average American has dropped precipitously, falling by almost a fifth between 2005 and 2014...

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US Reliance on the Immigrant Workforce

From Labor Day barbecues to the chicken sandwich craze that swept the nation in recent weeks, Americans love chicken. We each eat an average of 94 pounds of the bird per year, according to USDA data. That’s up from just 28 pounds in 1960. But all that chicken comes...

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Policies for US Asylum-Seekers: The Public Response

The American public is broadly critical of the way that the federal government is dealing with the increased number of US asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. When it comes to what should be done about the situation, large majorities say it is important to...

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From Colombia to America: Robert’s Immigration Story

An Immigration Story: My name is Robert and I was just a teenager when I left. In my jean shorts, white tank top, and sandals I was young. 19 years old, alone, and full of dreams when I decided to come to the United States. I knew there was more opportunity for me...

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Expedited Removal: An Overview

Created in 1996, expedited removal is a process by which low-level immigration officers can quickly deport certain noncitizens who are undocumented or have committed fraud or misrepresentation. Since 2004, immigration officials have used expedited removal to deport...

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