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Any number of Syrian refugees may be too many for Trump

In early 2015, Gasem al-Hamad and his wife, Wajed al-Khlifa, along with their four young children, arrived in Turlock, a small rural city about two hours from San Francisco. It marked the end of a three-year journey, after fleeing war in Syria, seeking safety in Jordan and waiting to find out where …

World News

An immigrant family remembers the past and ponders their future under Trump

Some stories shouldn’t be told.<p>That's a lesson Zully learned in third grade. They were studying airplanes and she told her teacher she’d never flown in one — and how her mom carried her from Mexico to North Carolina.<p>"My mom literally walked the desert, a 17-year-old, carrying her 2-year-old …

Republican Party

After 50 years as a legal immigrant, I spent 18 months in immigration detention without a bail hearing

One Saturday afternoon in 2011, my wife and daughter were out, and I was on my front steps, talking on the phone with my sister. Three law enforcement cars drove up, and I told my sister, "Something must be going on." Suddenly, agents got out and started running toward me. They said, "Drop the …

Immigration

A planned Muslim cemetery and mosque outside of Atlanta is still on hold

The town center in Covington, Georgia, is a southern gem.<p>On the day I visited earlier this month, the renovated storefronts, quaint village green and old clock tower were decked out in their holiday best at the start of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.<p>But a few short months ago, the scene was …

Atlanta

A Korean adoptee finds her heritage through farming

Along a dusty dirt path are rows of Korean chili peppers, Korean sesame leaves and Napa cabbage. Next to the plants are flattened burlap sacks, covered with chilis drying in the sun.<p>But this isn’t Korea; it’s Sunol, California, a rural region of Alameda County. I’m at Namu, a tiny acre-and-a-half …

Agriculture

'I don’t think that being of a certain ethnicity should decide who you’re going to [vote for]'

Angel Gallegos is 20 years old and studies finance at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He lives in McAllen, about 30 miles from the border, a heavily Latino area where Hillary Clinton won the majority of votes. But Gallegos backed Donald Trump. And for him, it was about the economy.<p>"We …

Republican Party

In Milwaukee, immigrants watch as their controversial sheriff joins the shortlist for Trump's cabinet

On Sunday afternoon, about 150 immigrants and immigrant allies gathered in the Ascension Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. The forum, organized by the city’s largest immigrant advocacy group, was part community therapy, part action planning.<p>A middle-aged man with dark hair, wearing a royal blue …

Milwaukee

Trump's plan to fund his wall could actually make more Mexicans migrate north

President-elect Donald Trump has made many promises — and a few threats.<p>Often, the latter are directed at Mexico.<p>For example, he's promised that Mexico will pay for the border wall he says must be built. His idea to do that is to stop people in the US from sending money back to their families in …

Republican Party

This church offers 'sanctuary' to those who feel threatened under a Trump administration

This past Sunday, 1,600 people showed up for mass at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington DC. That's double the usual number of churchgoers, according to Reverend Robert Hardies, who led the service.<p>Hardies says that for many members of his congregation, the post-election period has been …

Washington D.C.

'Sanctuary cities' around the US promise to defy Trump's threats

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump promised to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities," a name given to at least 300 cities and local jurisdictions that have ignored federal policies that target undocumented immigrants. These cities say it's up to Immigration and …

Donald Trump

Trump clarifies who he means to deport, but... they're already prioritized for deportation

President-elect Donald Trump has clarified his threat to deport undocumented immigrants: Early in the campaign he had threatened to remove all of an estimated 11 million people living in the United States without papers. But on Sunday night he told CBS' “60 Minutes” that only those with criminal …

Donald Trump

I know you voted for Trump for a better future. But please don’t forget my future.

Dear Fellow American,<p>I opened my eyes this morning and I found my husband holding my hand and sobbing. While wiping his tears and trying to make him feel better, I realized what troubled him.<p>During Donald Trump’s presidency, he will nominate one or, if the chance arises, several conservative …

The Future

These elected officials are among the few who were born outside the US

In Donald Trump’s first 100 days, he has promised to address immigration and take many other steps that directly affect the lives of foreign-born people in the US. It’s not a small population who may be affected: There are 42 million people in the US who were born abroad. Almost half have become US …

Politics

Young, undocumented and worried. What's next for those who received DACA.

No matter how hard he studied, Oliver Merino knew he could only aspire to a low-end job.<p>"I was mostly working restaurants, retail stores, places where you didn't really need a college degree. But because I couldn't get into certain jobs — I couldn't even apply, because I didn't have a valid social …

Republican Party

Meeting the Republican Latino voters in blue San Antonio

The presidential election may all come down to the Latino vote.<p>That’s what I think, at least. Lots of pollsters agree — but it’s Election Day, and they still can’t quite predict how the Latino vote will split. Because (again, in my opinion) as a nation, we still don’t understand the diversity of …

Republicans

Racist taunts tested their friendship, but this Clinton supporter and her Trump-backer pal are in it for the long haul

Thu McKenzie and Madison Bau are college buddies. The two freshmen at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, live just floors apart in the same dorm.<p>And although they don't see eye to eye on politics, that never seemed to get in the way until Donald Trump held a rally on campus last week.<p>The …

University of Wisconsin

How art can help us better understand the fastest growing group of undocumented immigrants

In the center of San Francisco’s Chinatown, about half a dozen young people are gathered in a meeting room, hunched over large pieces of poster paper. They’re working on “selfie” portraits, sketching and painting images of themselves with watercolor or acrylic paint.<p>During one evening in September, …

Immigration

How one woman went from 'Why are these Mexicans here?' to supporting immigrant businesses

At fairgrounds in Indianapolis, where the Klu Klux Klan once rallied, immigrants have taken over for the day. A Venezuelan grills arepas and a cafe sells Cuban sandwiches, while Central Americans wait for consular services.<p>Working the room looking for business partners is Mary Clark. Eleven years …

Indianapolis

Need some inspiration to get to the polls on Tuesday? Meet six first-time voters.

There are, at most recent count, more than half a million people who tried to become citizens but are stuck in a processing backlog ahead of election day.<p>The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services estimates that nearly a million immigrants applied for citizenship last year. More than …

Voting

Why some immigrants and refugees in Louisiana are having trouble getting married

It’s the federal government’s job to regulate immigration. But recently some states have passed policies that critics say make life tough for immigrants and refugees. For example, the state of Texas recently tried to deny birth certificates to their US-born children. Now, Louisiana has passed a …

Louisiana

'When I vote next week, I will be saying loud and clear, this is also my country.'

About 16 years ago, I realized that I was gay and because of it my days living in Ecuador were numbered.<p>So I started working on an exit plan. At 14, I started forcing myself to watch movies in English because I knew that English was going to be my way out of Ecuador. At 18, I was outed to my …

Ecuador

DC Comics' Chinese Superman rights a wrong dating back to 1937

You think you know Superman, right? I mean, anyone can name his traits.<p>Here are three descriptions from people in our newsroom:<p>1. Strong but silent.<br>2. He's a good man.<br>3. Superman is always like, "I am good and I am noble."<p>But actually, Superman was a jerk.<p>Yep.<p>That's how he started anyway, back in …

Comics

'I hope for the best,' says this first-time Mexican American voter

Eight days! Yes, the United States will elect a new president in eight days.<p>Already, more than 22 million Americans have cast early ballots. For many of them, this is their first election, including for singer Lila Downs. She is Mexican American with roots in both Minnesota and the southern Mexican …

News (U.S.)

Nepali immigrants who came to the US after the 2015 earthquake can stay a little longer

After months of organizing, the Nepali community celebrated a victory this week when the Department of Homeland Security extended a program that allows thousands of immigrants who fled the devastation of last year’s earthquake to continue to work and live legally in the United States.<p>The news that …

Earthquakes

He's lived in small towns across America — and it makes him look for pieces of home

I have spent most of my life in the United States living in small towns: Charlottesville, Virginia; Brockway, Pennsylvania; Gambier, Ohio; South Bend, Indiana; and Ann Arbor, Michigan.<p>Although beautiful, the cities where I have lived were not the most cosmopolitan. They didn’t have large …

Where to turn when migrating to America ruins your career

A decade ago, Marwan Sweedan was performing surgeries in Iraq. At the time, his family was working with coalition forces, and they became targets.<p>“My dad got captured, kidnapped, tortured and killed,” says Sweedan.<p>He says doctors were also being marked, so he applied for refugee status and was …

Grocers and health advocates are at odds over an Oakland 'soda tax' — and low-income communities are on the front line

This campaign season, an ad featuring Kaykay Amamgbo, the owner of Oakland's African Caribbean Food Market, has gotten a lot of exposure. As images of smiling customers and bins heaped with ripe tomatoes roll across the TV screen, Amamgbo warns of a proposed tax that would raise food prices and …

San Francisco Bay Area