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Miami mourns a baseball star

Baseball is mourning the tragic loss of a star player.<p>Pitcher Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins died over the weekend in a boating accident.<p>The 24-year-old Fernandez was beloved by the team, and by the wider Miami community.<p>“He was one of us,” writes Miami Herald columnist Fabiola …

Baseball

50 years later, protesters re-enact a farmworker strike that is scarcely mentioned in the history books

In the summer of 1966, hundreds of farm workers in Texas marched from Rio Grande City to Austin — almost 500 miles over 90 days — to demand change.<p>They weren’t asking for anything fancy. They wanted better wages, restrooms and uncontaminated water for the people cultivating and picking melons and …

Workers' Compensation

'Genius grant' goes to group that helps immigrants build credit history

One of this year's recipients of the MacArthur Foundation's "genius grants" is Jose Quinonez.<p>He's being recognized for his work connecting low-income immigrants to mainstream financial services.<p>Sounds a little bland, but it's an absolutely critical service, and his is an absolutely genius solution. …

Grant Writing

This 'genius grant' recipient says the principles he fights for aren't complicated

Ahilan Arulanantham was filing papers for a case he was working on, to provide counsel for children facing deportation, when the MacArthur Foundation called him.<p>His phone rang three or four separate times before he picked up.<p>“It was a very busy day,” says Arulanantham. “I was just wondering who …

Tamil Nadu

His brother was murdered for wearing a turban after 9/11. Last week, he spoke to the killer.

On September 15, at sunset in Arizona, a crowd gathered at the corner of a Chevron gas station called the Mesa Star. Like every year since 2002, Rana Sodhi hosted a memorial here for his brother, Balbir Singh Sodhi. Balbir was shot while planting flowers in front of his store on September 15, 2001 …

Activism

The brother of one of the first hate-crime victims post 9/11 keeps on teaching tolerance

The day after Sept. 11, 2001, Rana Singh Sodhi and his older brother, Balbir, were out running some errands in and around Phoenix. Rana remembers that they started getting harassed.<p>“People yell to us, using [the] F-word, and ‘Go back to your country!’” he recalls.<p>But they were in their country. The …

Gas Station

In New York City, lawyers make all the difference for immigrant detainees facing deportation

There’s something about our immigration court system that many people don’t realize: Immigrants have no right to counsel. When someone faces a judge, but does not have or cannot afford an attorney, there are no public defenders to pick up the case.<p>While it's hard enough for the working poor to find …

New York City

Despite discrimination and backlash, this Somali in St. Cloud says, 'I love my state'

The FBI is investigating a stabbing spree at a mall, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, as a "potential act of terrorism."<p>Ten people were injured in the attack, while the attacker was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. ISIS claimed responsibility for the violence, but FBI agents have not confirmed …

Discrimination

Learning what it's like to be undocumented at an Alabama summer camp

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, in an almost completely white neighborhood. The only black people I interacted with as a kid were friends’ nannies and grocery store clerks.<p>When I was 16, I went to a camp called Anytown Alabama, where high school students from all over Birmingham participate in …

Summer Camp

How a secret US war created a new generation of Americans who changed foreign policy

Farmers in Laos saw small balls falling like toys from planes in the sky. Some exploded. Others just lodged in the ground. They called them “bombies.” After nine years, one-third of their small country had a bombie on it.<p>“As one Laotian said, the bombs fell like rain,” President Barack Obama said …

United States

Grammy-winner Gaby Moreno's new album is an awesome folk-soul mashup

Gaby Moreno won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist in 2013. A great honor, but a little late for a performer who's been wowing audiences since 1992. That's the year she opened for Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin in Guatemala City.<p>"My dad was an artist promoter," Moreno says, "and he brought Ricky …

Ricky Martin

What I learned from my grandmother’s hands

It is hard for me to feel connected to my heritage in everyday life. My eyes see a different landscape, my tongue is used to a different language and my hands are familiar with a different kind of work.<p>My parents are from Huai’an, a city of 5 million in Jiangsu province, eastern-central China. …

Asia

One of the world's most famous people has been detained at US airports three times since 9/11 — and still jokes about it

Last month, Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan made headlines after he tweeted about the third time he had been detained at an airport when traveling to the United States.<p>“I fully understand and respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really, …

Shahrukh Khan
World

The national parks belong to everyone — so why doesn't everyone care?

In many ways, I am in the prime demographic to be visiting US national parks.<p>I’m white, grew up middle class and have a middle class family of my own. My grandfather was a Boy Scout leader. When I was a kid, my parents loved to pile my siblings and me into the car for weekend road trips — …

Virgin Islands

Data: Hate crimes against Muslims increased after 9/11

Statistics from the FBI show that hate crimes against Muslims have jumped in the years after 2001.<p>"I was afraid to go outside. If I stayed inside, I couldn’t mess up, except maybe with my words, which I policed carefully. I couldn’t speed, I couldn’t frighten anyone, I couldn’t break any law — no …

Religion

In an era of 'enormous rage,' I’m still finding love in America

One of the first people killed in a hate crime after 9/11 was a family friend, Balbir Singh Sodhi. He was 52, a Sikh father who wore a turban and beard as part of his faith. He was the first of dozens of Sikhs and Muslims in America killed in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attack.<p>But his …

Activism

Islamophobia is on the rise in the US. But so is Islam.

Yunique walks around her Brooklyn neighborhood in stylish, loose clothing that skims over her body and a gray shawl that's delicately draped around a baseball cap.<p>It's not evident right away that she is dressed modestly because she is Muslim. The only giveaway of her faith might be if she decides …

Islam

Helping Syrian refugees is the Christian thing to do, say these church leaders

People from Syria, lucky enough to have escaped the civil war alive, then to make it all the way to the United States as refugees, have stepped into a political free-fire zone.<p>More than half of US governors, all but one of them Republicans, say that Syrian refugees are not welcome in their …

Refugees

The 'secret society' of extremely successful first gens

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellows share a common trait: They are exceptionally driven to succeed in a unique way that they feel benefits America the most.<p>In that way, they follow in the path of their creator. Paul Soros was a young Jewish man who came of age in Nazi-occupied Hungary and survived using a …

Secret Societies

What assimilation means to the 'taco trucks on every corner' Trump supporter

Mexican American Marco Gutierrez says he doesn't regret saying, as a word of warning, that there would be "taco trucks on every corner" should Donald Trump lose the presidential election.<p>But he does wish he'd chosen better words to illustrate his point when he uttered the phrase on MSNBC earlier …

Donald Trump

Trump says there are 2 million 'criminal aliens' in the US. It's not clear where he got that number.

Donald Trump says people don’t even talk about the issue. But he does. He calls them "criminal aliens" — undocumented immigrants with criminal records living in the United States. And he says there are 2 million of them.<p>“Zero tolerance for criminal aliens. Zero. Zero. Zero. They don't come in here, …

Donald Trump

A musician's view of growing up in a border town

Immigration is a hot topic in this year's presidential race.<p>Donald Trump on Wednesday outlined his 10-point plan on illegal immigration, which includes an operation to deport "criminal aliens" currently living in the United States.<p>Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton, on the other hand, has taken a …

World

DHS will review its relationship with private prison companies, but there are many questions about what comes next

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday that it would follow the lead of the Department of Justice and re-evaluate its relationship with private prison companies that operate immigration detention facilities around the US.<p>Immigration and Customs Enforcement used 637 detention …

Prison

Some immigrants in New York prefer to slaughter animals themselves. There's a farm that wants to help.

On a hot August evening, Kina Maya Kadariya, swishes in a green flower print sari as she puts the finishing touches on dinner. The rice is warming in the rice cooker, the fermented greens were prepared days ago. She stirs a steaming pot a few more times as red and gold bangles slide down her …

Food

Fact checking the migration ‘crisis’ in the US

The election campaign has seen a lot of talk about an immigration "crisis" in America. But what do the numbers tell us?<p>“There’s certainly a migration crisis worldwide,” says demographer Randy Capps. “But a lot of it is centered in the Middle East, Africa, and is affecting Europe. Here in the US, we …

Migration

This is how an entire family that grows up together in the United States can end up with one person undocumented

About 11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States.<p>My older sister is one of them.<p>The Department of Homeland Security says she overstayed a student visa. If that were true she wouldn’t be alone. Some researchers estimate that as many as half of all undocumented immigrants are people …

Immigration

A Puerto Rican enclave in Brooklyn confronts the realities of rising prices and gentrification

Inside a courtyard, sandwiched between two old factories, men and women twist through the steps of salsa. On the sidelines, couples circle their hips and shoulders in anticipation of the next song. They sip beers and eat Puerto Rican comfort food.<p>It feels like a throwback, like a good old …

Brooklyn

Advocates say another privately operated immigration detention center for women and child is the wrong approach

The Department of Justice’s recent decision to stop contracting with private prison companies isn’t stopping immigration officials from considering opening a new privately operated detention facility in in San Diego, Texas.<p>There are already two privately operated detention centers in Texas to house …

Immigration