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It’s impossible to change anything if we’re unaware of what’s going on -- in our community and across the nation. Being well-informed increases our ability to influence events. UWS is the ONLY dedicated daily source of immigration news. But it’s not enough to be informed. We must take action. Our stories have the power to rewrite the news, to rewrite the history of this country.

The Technology 202: Activists slam Palantir for its work with ICE ahead of market debut

Originally Published in The Washington Post Tonya Riley and Cat Zakrzewski - September 29, 2020 Palantir, which is expected to start publicly trading stock tomorrow at a reported $22 billion valuation, could be one of the biggest tech companies to go public since Uber. The big data firm is selling investors on a promise to become ...

Trump administration has still not said how many refugees may be admitted to US next year

Originally Published in CNN Priscilla Alvarez - September 28, 2020 (CNN) The Trump administration hasn't announced how many refugees could be admitted to the United States in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins this week, signaling yet another delay and likely leaving thousands of those seeking refuge in limbo again. Under President Donald Trump the administration ...

An American Dream, Scorched in Oregon

Originally Published in The New York Times Jim Tankersley - September 29, 2020 The Almeda Fire leveled some of the only affordable housing for the immigrants who work the fields, kitchens and construction sites of southern Oregon. Francisco Javier Torres is working to construct a temporary shelter after a fire destroyed his home, which he ...

Palantir Admits to Helping ICE Deport Immigrants While Trying to Prove It Doesn’t

Originally Published in Vice Edward Ongweso - September 29, 2020 In a letter to Amnesty International meant to dismiss accusations of helping ICE deport migrants, Palantir accidentally admitted to doing so. Surveillance company Palantir has revealed more details about how it contributes to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation operations in a clumsy attempt to ...

A Judge Has Temporarily Blocked Trump From Raising Fees For Asylum-Seekers And Citizens

Originally Published in BuzzFeed News Hamed Aliazeez - September 29, 2020 The new rules would have established a $50 fee for asylum-seekers and raised the prices for immigrants applying to become US citizens from $640 to upward of $1,170. Charles Rex Arbogast / AP  Aseel Jan, from Iraq, raises her right hand as she takes ...

Immigrants Say They Were Pressured Into Unneeded Surgeries

Originally Published in The New York Times Caitlin Dickerson, Seth Freed Wessler and Miriam Jordan - September 29, 2020 Immigrants detained at an ICE-contracted center in Georgia said they had invasive gynecology procedures that they later learned might have been unnecessary. After Wendy Dowe underwent surgery in ICE custody, a radiologist’s report described her uterus ...

Why Fewer Immigrants Are Coming To Donald Trump’s America

Originally Published in The National Interest David J. Bier - September 27, 2020 For the second year in a row, the proportion of the U.S. population who are immigrants did not increase. For the second year in a row, the proportion of the U.S. population who are immigrants did not increase, according to new numbers from the ...

Trump’s Visa Ban Will Slow America’s Recovery

Originally Published in Reason Shikha Dalmia - September 28, 2020 The net result of turning away foreign labor is greater unemployment—and lower wages—for native-born workers. In April, as COVID-19 spread through the United States, President Donald Trump imposed a two-month pause on nearly all legal immigration to protect America's physical and economic health. He has ...

PBS’s ‘Building The American Dream’ Chronicles Immigrant Workers’ Plight

Originally Published in Forbes Toni Fitzgerald - September 28, 2020 The PBS film “Building the American Dream” documents alleged abuses of immigrant workers in Texas. When filmmaker Chelsea Hernandez attended the University of Texas in 2009, a scaffolding collapse in Austin made headlines. She remembers hearing about several workers who died in that accident while ...
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