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Following the News -- Influencing the Narrative

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 injustices facing immigrants and refugees

Originally Published in The Washington Post Letters to the Editor - October 5, 2020 Regarding the Sept. 30 front-page article “Officials: ICE set to target ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions”: Yet again, injustices facing immigrant communities have reached a tipping point. Immigrants have been confronted with the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic, decades of over-prosecution and over-criminalization and ...

My husband became a citizen at a heartbreaking time for America. Here’s why I’m still celebrating

Originally Published in CNN Opinion by Kate Schmier - October 6, 2020 (CNN) When my husband Uri was finally sworn in as a US citizen in August, our announcement to loved ones was met with both excitement and trepidation. "I hope our country changes so that we can one day deserve a citizen like him," one ...

‘She was really a warrior’: Transgender migrant reaches U.S. only to die

Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Molly Hennessy-Fiske - October 5, 2020 Mayela Villegas fled San Salvador after receiving death threats from gangs. She was allowed to pursue her claim for asylum, moving in with family members in Houston. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times) As Mayela Villegas crossed the bridge from Matamoros, Mexico, to ...

Otay Mesa detainees say shift of health services to private contractor complicates care

Originally Published in the Los Angeles Times Kate Morrissey - October 4, 2020 Detainees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in south San Diego wait in one of the secure areas of the medical section. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune) After spending the first part of the pandemic in the spotlight for a large ...

TRUMP’S TURN FROM IMMIGRATION TO THE ENEMY WITHIN

Originally Published in The Intercept Ryan Devereaux - October 3, 2020 Trump’s shift from demonizing immigrants to targeting leftists is straight out of the fascist playbook. LISTENING TO Donald Trump describe the U.S. in 2016 was to hear a story of a nation in peril of losing its identity to waves of brown-skinned invaders. Immigration ...

FIRST SHE WAS SEPARATED FROM HER FAMILY, NOW SHE’S SEPARATED FROM SCHOOL

Originally Published in The Intercept Debbie Nathan - October 4, 2020 A refugee child, once separated from her mother at the border by Trump, now struggles with online school. EVERY WEEKDAY MORNING, a 12-year-old refugee named Génnezys logs into her seventh grade online classroom. She sits at a tiny table in a corner of her ...

Did Trump Just Cut Guest Farmworker Wages by as Much as 50 Percent?

Originally Published in Mother Jones Tom Philpott - October 2, 2020 A surprise move by the agriculture department may have done just that. H-2A farm workers in Owensboro, Ky. Jenny Sevcik/Messenger-Inquirer/AP For all of its virulent xenophobia, the Trump administration does seem to cherish one form of immigration: the federal visa program for guest farmworkers, ...

Trump Cracks Down on Visas. Indian Firms May Benefit.

Originally Published in The New York Times Maria Abi-Habib and Karan Deep-Singh - October 2, 2020 As the president clashes with the courts, some companies and investors say tougher limits on temporary work visas will help push jobs overseas. A meeting of Infosys workers in 2018. Indian outsourcing firms are working to cast themselves as ...

Where George Floyd Died, Immigrant Businesses Are Suffering

Originally Published in The Washington Post Adam Minter - Bloomberg - October 5, 2020 Last week, I walked past the burned-out, fenced-off remains of the Third Police Precinct in south Minneapolis. After the death of George Floyd four months ago, rioters looted and torched the precinct and much of the surrounding Lake Street area, a five-mile ...
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