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Visas are running out for the US military's Afghan interpreters

Ajmal Faqiri was 18 when he became an interpreter for the US military in Afghanistan. It was 2006 and the work was risky.<p>"We used to leave the base in the dark and go home to see our families," he recalls. "It was very dangerous."<p>Faqiri and his family received frequent death threats and eventually …

U.S. Military

There’s a buzz in the air at SXSW — but it’s not just about the technology

Every March in Austin, Texas, an explosion of technology entrepreneurs show off their latest ideas and hobnob at parties, tweeting, snapping and gramming epic stories about who they met and what they saw.<p>South by Southwest — referred to as SXSW — is known for the music and films that premiere here. …

SXSW Interactive

Asian American students push to reveal what the 'model minority' myth hides

Between three jobs and a full academic course schedule, University of Washington senior Sam Le is always on the go. He also plans to graduate on time this June. But that wasn’t the case when he was a freshman and nearly flunked out.<p>“I was taking hard classes early on and I was commuting really …

Education

The curious origins of the ‘Irish slaves’ myth

Irish Americans were slaves once too — or so a historically inaccurate and dangerously misleading internet meme would have you believe.<p>The meme comes in many varieties but the basic formula is this: old photos, paintings and engravings from all over the world are combined with text suggesting they …

Racism

Private prisons aren’t the only companies making a fortune off immigration detention

Unlike President Donald Trump’s refugee and travel ban, which is now stalled in the courts, the crackdown on undocumented immigrants in the US is ramping up.<p>That could mean we'll see more people being sent to detention centers. For some companies, more detained immigrants mean more business.<p>But …

Markets

This NYPD chaplain is young, male and Muslim. He's been told 'those things don’t go together so well right now.'

Two federal judges, in Hawaii and Maryland, recently froze parts of President Donald Trump’s order to block travel and immigration from six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. All heavily Muslim nations. Groups pushing to stop the order say it was a Muslim ban and followed …

College 'dreamers' are unrelenting in fight for immigration reform

College senior Ana Tobar has advocated for immigration reform since her freshman year at George Mason University in northern Virginia, near Washington, DC. Tobar, 21, a double major in global affairs and communication and an immigrant, herself, has often focused on finding allies to help empower …

Immigration

'Somebody else's babies' built Steve King's Iowa district — literally

Conservative Iowa Congressman Steve King took aim at immigrants over the weekend when he tweeted, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." But a reporter for Mother Jones magazine says his grandfather was one of those babies.<p>Journalist Tim Murphy has reported from …

Steve King

There’s a lot of hate in the world. And I've played a part in that.

After the presidential election, posts on Twitter by Gizmodo reporter Rae Paoletta caught my attention. Through her tweets, she was actively documenting hateful acts happening across the country, many committed in Donald Trump's name.<p>Not long after, the Southern Poverty Law Center released its …

Racism

President Trump, do you plan to expand the scope of your immigration and refugee ban?

<i>Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.</i><p><b>#49. @realDonaldTrump, do you plan to expand the scope of your immigration and refugee ban?</b> …

Immigration

It's good news and bad news for an immigrant advocate facing deportation

Ravi Ragbir is a popular immigrant organizer in New York City. He’s been running the New York City Sanctuary Coalition for nearly a decade, and supporting migrants who are either detained or threatened with removal.<p>But now his own private struggle with deportation has become a big part of his …

Immigration Law

America's sanctuary communities are more numerous than you think

For some, the term "sanctuary city” is hardly new. It’s decades old, with roots in the 1980s — when churches defied federal officials and led efforts to house people escaping violence from Central America's civil wars.<p>As the debate over immigration policies and their legality intensifies, the push …

Immigration Law

President Trump, how will your administration deal with US-citizen children whose parents are deported?

<i>Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.</i><p><b>#46. @realDonaldTrump: How will your administration deal with US-citizen children whose parents</b> …

Immigration

Will the travel ban and building a wall fix America's immigration problems?

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump talked about a "broken" immigration system. He has made it his mission to fix it.<p>That involves building a wall along the US-Mexico border, sending "criminal, illegal immigrants" back to their home countries and banning people from certain …

Immigration

Here's how one New Yorker is helping immigrants — himself included — with government check-ins

Ravi Ragbir spent a big part of his morning one day last week asking people who were filing into a New York City federal building a simple question.<p>“What’s going on? Do you need help?”<p>He stood near the Worth Street entrance of the Jacob K. Javits federal office building, in lower Manhattan, where …

Immigration

Trump implements a new immigration and travel ban — but gives Iraq a pass

President Donald Trump on Monday signed a new executive order banning people from several Muslim majority countries from entering the United States.<p>The new ban bars non-visa holders from Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Libya, Syria and Yemen from traveling to the US for 90 days. Iraq has been dropped from …

Immigration

California's undocumented workers help the economy grow – but may pay the cost

In California, you don't just ​see​ immigrants' role in the economy, you taste​ it.<p>Brokaw Ranch Company, in Ventura County, grows hundreds of acres of fruit including avocados, oranges and lemons that end up on tables all across the United States via Sam's Club, Wal-Mart and Costco. But before it …

Employment Law

This imam wants to make America great, too

Shaykh Yasir Fahmy wants to make America great. And he is challenging the members of his flock to help him do it by living up to the example of the Prophet Muhammad.<p>“That is what our religion calls us to,” Fahmy said during a recent sermon at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, where he …

Islam

President Trump, how will you handle cases of abuse at privately run prisons and immigration detention centers?

<b>#41. @realDonaldTrump How will you handle cases of abuse at privately run prisons and immigration detention centers? #100Days100Qs</b><p>It’s a problem that plagued Barack Obama’s administration.<p>A review by the Department of Justice inspector general released last August showed that private prisons, which …

Government

Why some Somali Americans are cheering for their home country's new president

It’s a party at this large banquet hall in Columbus, Ohio, with at least a thousand people packed in. Women wear dresses and headscarves in light blue and white, the colors of the Somali flag, and everyone is dancing to a hit song honoring Somalia’s new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.<p>For many …

Africa

President Trump, do you see a correlation between your immigration policies and a rise in hate crimes?

<b>#39. @realDonaldTrump Do you see a correlation between your immigration policies and a rise in hate crimes? #100Days100Qs</b><p>Last week, Adam W. Purinton killed one man and injured two others at a bar in Olathe, Kansas.<p>Witnesses report that Purinton shouted “get out of my country” before he directed his …

Discrimination

I was one of the lucky ones to survive the shooting in Kansas

I was in Olathe, Kansas, on Wednesday, February 22, to spend time with the guys I work with. Google Maps told me Austins was the closest bar and grill where I could watch my favorite basketball team play a very significant game.<p>Turns out, we only saw half the game.<p>At 7:15 p.m., just after ordering …

Hate Crimes

Why the fight over how immigrants are characterized is so important

For anyone who watched President Donald Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday, the irony of who was in the audience on either side of the aisle was clear.<p>Trump introduced the relatives of people who had been killed by undocumented immigrants. In attendance was the father of Jamiel Shaw Jr., who …

Elections

One of the first men stopped by Trump's immigration ban will attend president's address

Several special guests will be in the audience Tuesday night when President Donald Trump addresses Congress. Three of them are relatives of people who've been killed by undocumented immigrants. The family members were invited by the White House to underscore the reasoning for the president's …

Immigration

Immigration raid alerts are coming soon to your smartphone

No abra la puerta! Don't open the door!<p>That may be the No. 1 piece of advice activists have for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, many of whom fear possible deportation. If the authorities come knocking without a proper warrant, US residents have a right …

Immigration

Immigrants reflect on American values after deadly Kansas shooting

An evening at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas, quickly turned deadly when a gunman entered the establishment and reportedly yelled, “Get out of my country,” before he shot two Indian immigrants. The incident, which took place last Wednesday and was allegedly carried out by Adam W. …

The White House

A Midwestern medical student on Indian Americans’ 'failures in solidarity'

On Wednesday, two Indian immigrants were shot, one fatally, in a bar in Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City. A bystander was injured trying to defend them.<p>The attack has prompted anger and dismay across both the US and India, in part because reports suggest that the perpetrator targeted the victims for …

Kansas City

Unlikely roommates: A Holocaust survivor and grandchild of Nazis share a home in California

Ben Stern and Lea Heitfeld do the things many roommates do: They cook together, do the dishes, argue about keeping the house clean.<p>But they’re an unusual pair.<p>Stern is a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor from Poland. He survived two ghettos, nine concentration camps and two death marches. Heitfeld is …

Holocaust

Like many undocumented restaurant workers, staying in the US is a simple calculation for this waiter

It was a November night in Houston as a dozen undocumented immigrants rushed from table to table in a restaurant. Late into their shift, the kitchen’s small television showed that Donald Trump had won the presidential election. Their deportation fears swelled for a minute, but there wasn’t much …

Immigration Law