Tag: immigration


October 2016

Billed as an aberration, Donald Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric is anything but.

Jose Orduña: A Good Deal of Light

August 2016

Jose Orduna on asserting personhood as resistance, the connection between activism and essays, and being 'aggressively bilingual'

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan: In Between Stations

June 2016

Crossing borders in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Piotr Florczyk: Taking The Long Way Home

June 2016

An Immigrant father-to-be ponders what homeland means to him, and what it might mean to his daughter.

Elettra Pauletto: How knowledge of international affairs can help survivors of torture

January 2016

Doctors at Bellevue run specialized relief programs for asylum seekers that are survivors of torture.

One Song

December 2015

Boundaries of Nations: The director on depicting the African migrant experience in Italy, moving in with his film’s lead, and the “common language” of pop music.

Among Strangers

December 2015

Boundaries of Nations: Traveling the globe to research the buying and selling of passports, a reporter reflects on arbitrary citizenship and what it means to be “from somewhere.”

The Language of Movement

November 2015

The artist on multi-channel video work, the communicative potential of sound, and contemporizing performance traditions.

Maggy Donaldson: A Far Cry from Van Gogh

October 2015

Seasonal agricultural workers in France face more challenges than ever before.

Rattanamol Singh: Fences

October 2015

Good fences make good neighbors, graveyards, and mariachi bands.

Unwanted Alive

May 2015

Since changes to US immigration law in the ’90s, many veterans are being deported.

American Slaughterhouse

May 2015

The journalist on the myriad ills of the meat trade, the plight of migrant workers, and the twin missions of journalism and poetry.

Zehra Naviwala: Fleeing Syria for Physical and Emotional Refuge

January 2015

The story of two asylum-seekers’ journey to Denmark.

Jan Bindas-Tenney: The Border Crisis in Leisureville

December 2014

In Arizona, the Samaritans are working to provide water and aid to immigrants crossing the border—in spite of sabotaged water bottles and harassment from border patrol.

Robert Reich: Patrolling the Boundaries Inside America

December 2014

High-end communities in California go to great lengths to push poor and minority students out of their public schools.

Salvaged Crossings

November 2014

Unearthing the stories of “coolie women”—early-twentieth-century indentured laborers shipped from India to work on sugar plantations across the colonial world.


September 2014

I only question my father about these half-truths now, after all these years, because of the nightmares. Because I think about my mother. Because I imagine leaving my husband.

Ryan Gabrielson: Woman Involved in Security Lapse at Arizona Terror Center Stripped of Citizenship

September 2014

An immigration case leads to likely exile of Chinese programmer.

Aviva Chomsky: America’s Continuing Border Crisis

August 2014

The real story behind the “invasion” of the children.

Once Returned

August 2014

I admit my decision to move my family to Gaza is kind of strange.

Ghosts in the Land of Plenty

June 2014

I always seek out the maids. I always want to help the janitors sweep. My wife says I have a Jesus complex. What I have is a class issue.

Going Through Customs

June 2014

The Chicana filmmaker on documenting a debutante ball in honor of George Washington’s birthday in Laredo, Texas, and adopting the Mexican-American border as her "muse.”

Rachel Friedman: In Their Own Words

June 2014

Eight artists on this year’s controversial Biennale of Sydney, and the ethics and politics of funding the arts.

On the Rights and Privileges of Being an Alien

January 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 Christmas

January 2014

In the wake of the holiday season, reflections on a polyglot Christmas.

South Carolina: The Border Control State

December 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 Wound

October 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 III

October 2013

Part 3, Withdrawal: How a system of neglect endangered the lives of asylum seekers in the Netherlands.

Francisco Cantú: Refuge, Part II

October 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 I

October 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 Food

October 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 Boy

September 2013

Revisiting Brownsville, Texas.

Francisco Cantú: Ventana

August 2013

A former Border Patrol agent recalls his first encounter with a body in the desert.

Matthew Parker: Amnesty by Any Other Name

July 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 Economy

July 2013

Contrary to what critics say, immigration reform will reap economic benefits for all Americans.

Christie Thompson: Billions Proposed for New Border Security

April 2013

Where would the money go?

Robert Reich: The Xenophobe Party

April 2013

Can we just get a grip? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a naturalized American citizen.

Robert Reich: What Immigration Reform Could Mean for American Workers

April 2013

And why the AFL-CIO is embracing it.

Give Hostages to Fortune

April 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 Temporary

March 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 Life

March 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 Zone

February 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 Citizenship

February 2013

From voting rights to corporate personhood, the conversation is broader and more nuanced than we acknowledge.

The Caregivers Coalition

January 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 Teeth

December 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 Down

September 2012

Unemployment, immigration, women's rights—the list of Romney-Ryan's failings goes on and on.


September 2012

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 Palm

July 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 Border

June 2012

Border security, it isn't just about borders anymore. How new surveillance technology has made border-enforcement a big business.