On the Rights and Privileges of Being an AlienJanuary 2014
A writer and mother learns what it means to be foreign and dark-skinned in the United States.
Diana Bruk: A Russian Jewish American ChristmasJanuary 2014
In the wake of the holiday season, reflections on a polyglot Christmas.
South Carolina: The Border Control StateDecember 2013
After eighteen years in South Carolina, the first state with its own border patrol unit, a woman makes the decision to “self-deport.”
Daniel Alarcón: The Scar, Not the WoundOctober 2013
The novelist talks with Jamilah King about what it took to start over from scratch with his latest book, At Night We Walk in Circles.
Francisco Cantú: Refuge, Part IIIOctober 2013
Part 3, Withdrawal: How a system of neglect endangered the lives of asylum seekers in the Netherlands.
Francisco Cantú: Refuge, Part IIOctober 2013
Part 2, Presence: Exploring life and death amongst asylum seekers whose applications were rejected by the Dutch government in this second part of a three-part series.
Francisco Cantú: Refuge, Part IOctober 2013
Part 1, Reception: Asylum seekers face red-tape, indifference, and murder in the first of a three-part series on the Dutch asylum system.
A Lifetime of FoodOctober 2013
“He wouldn’t let me get a driver’s license. Did I ever tell you that? … I went down to the department and there was a soldier there who said, ‘I’m sorry but your husband has given us orders to turn you away.’”
The Effects of the Rio Grande Valley on a Scholarship BoySeptember 2013
Revisiting Brownsville, Texas.
Francisco Cantú: VentanaAugust 2013
A former Border Patrol agent recalls his first encounter with a body in the desert.
Matthew Parker: Amnesty by Any Other NameJuly 2013
Why the term “amnesty” gets hurled at undocumented workers while plenty of corporate lawbreakers escape legal penalties.
Robert Reich: The Truth About Immigration Reform and the EconomyJuly 2013
Contrary to what critics say, immigration reform will reap economic benefits for all Americans.
Christie Thompson: Billions Proposed for New Border SecurityApril 2013
Where would the money go?
Robert Reich: The Xenophobe PartyApril 2013
Can we just get a grip? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a naturalized American citizen.
Robert Reich: What Immigration Reform Could Mean for American WorkersApril 2013
And why the AFL-CIO is embracing it.
Give Hostages to FortuneApril 2013
I thought about her son in Tehran and if he were still alive, what he would do to Sheila. Lying in bed, I replayed the scene from earlier that day and wished that I’d answered Sheila’s blows with punches of my own, wished that I’d defended Mrs. Azam.
Meaghan Winter: Ever TemporaryMarch 2013
Congress and the courts have reached conflicting decisions on wage rules and protections for vulnerable temporary workers; nobody knows what happens next.
There Is No Real LifeMarch 2013
The MacArthur “Genius” on willful delusions, the ego’s limit, and the stories we tell to make sense of experience.
Todd Miller: Living in a Constitution-Free ZoneFebruary 2013
Drones, surveillance towers, malls of the spy state, and the national security police on the northern border.
Robert Reich: The Real Debate Over American CitizenshipFebruary 2013
From voting rights to corporate personhood, the conversation is broader and more nuanced than we acknowledge.
The Caregivers CoalitionJanuary 2013
One of TIME and Newsweek’s most influential people of 2012, Ai-jen Poo works to address a swiftly aging population, and an exploited workforce, by reforming domestic labor standards.
Water Warm as Soup, Water Cold to the TeethDecember 2012
After a decade of absence, the Mexican-American author and activist returns to the literary scene to discuss her new book, what it takes to ‘compost’ grief into light, and the long road for writers of color.
Robert Reich: Why Romney and Ryan are Going DownSeptember 2012
Unemployment, immigration, women’s rights—the list of Romney-Ryan’s failings goes on and on.
If you must travel, travel by Amtrak. Trains are safe, buses are not. I mean safe from raids by the INS.
The Immigrant Searches the Map for Countries Larger Than His PalmJuly 2012
I was born in the first century of guilt.
Robert Reich: What’s the True Meaning of Patriotism?June 2012
Does loyalty to Grover Norquist count as patriotism?
Todd Miller: Bringing the Battlefield to the BorderJune 2012
Border security, it isn’t just about borders anymore. How new surveillance technology has made border-enforcement a big business.