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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

The county sheriff who can’t wait to help enforce Trump’s immigration policies

Thomas M. Hodgson, the sheriff of Bristol County, Massachusetts, likes telling people about his father.<p>"My father immigrated from England, and he raised 13 children here," he says. "My father didn't walk around the streets hiding every time a police car came by, put his head down or what have you. …

Immigration

#32. @realDonaldTrump What are you going to do with DAPA and DACA? #100Days100Qs

<b>Mr. President, what are you going to do with DAPA and DACA?</b><p>The Department of Homeland Security released new deportation rules on Tuesday that translate President Donald Trump's immigration orders into practice for the nation's immigration enforcers.<p>“The president wanted to take the shackles off …

Immigration

Immigration lawyers: Trump crackdown tactics will see fierce legal challenges

Crackdowns on immigration from the Trump administration have caused fear and elicited public backlash in recent weeks. But is the administration simply implementing existing law in a more aggressive way?<p>The answer is "unfortunately complicated," says César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, an assistant …

Immigration

Scientists skip international meeting due to fear of US travel

On Saturday morning in a hotel ballroom in Boston, women and minority scientists schmoozed over scrambled eggs and fresh fruit at an awards breakfast from a foundation aiming to diversify the sciences.<p>As the crowd tucked into their breakfasts and turned their attention toward the stage, four female …

Science

How Trump's rhetoric could cost colleges billions in lost tuition revenue

On the campaign trail and now in the White House, President Donald Trump has talked tough on trade, specifically when it comes to China. His heated rhetoric has resonated with his base in the Rust Belt, but it's left American colleges and universities on the coasts anxious that Trump could …

China

How communities react to immigration restrictions? 'People are buying tickets back home.'

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made deportations and illegal immigration and centerpiece of his election.<p>This week, we got an idea of what that would look like as policy: lists of crimes created by immigrants, deputizing police officers as immigration enforces and speeding up deportations …

Immigration

Japanese Americans remember a dark chapter when they were 'more number than name'

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration last month banning people from seven countries from entering the United States, some of the loudest opponents were Japanese Americans. They have long memories of another executive order, No. 9066, that forced all Japanese …

Social Studies

A 19-year-old undocumented student — authorized to be in the US — was detained and then let go by federal agents

Josue Romero, a 19-year-old student and an undocumented immigrant brought to the US as a child, was arrested on Wednesday and transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody Thursday morning. His advocates were worried that he would be deported to Honduras.<p>About 24 hours later, though, …

Immigration

Weighing the risks of a 'sanctuary' campus

Earlier this month, around 200 students and faculty gathered at Emory University, meeting in the quad to demand one thing: sanctuary.<p>It's a call now heard at more than 100 universities across the United States. And it can mean different things at different campuses, from providing legal help for …

Science

'Day Without Immigrants' shutters restaurants and businesses across the country

America's immigrant workforce flexed some political muscle on Thursday.<p>It's hard to determine how many individuals participated in the one-day walkout called the "Day Without Immigrants," but the boycott was visible in major urban centers on both US coasts and in cities from Detroit to Dallas. …

Restaurants

How this undocumented immigrant brought to the US as a child is getting ready for Trump's immigration agenda

When news that Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained in Washington state became public this week, a shiver went up the spines of hundreds of thousands of people.<p>Ramirez is believed to be the first DACA recipient to be targeted for deportation under the administration of US President Donald Trump. DACA …

Immigration

Is the US a 'safe' country for refugees?

President Donald Trump’s executive order barring US entry by immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations dominated the global conversation. But it’s just one of several important executive orders the Trump administration has made to change the processes and rights available to …

Refugees

Activists, on overdrive to respond to Trump’s immigration plans, are making new alliances in Detroit

Organizing is not work for the weak.<p>In Detroit, “activists are in overdrive,” says Adonis Flores. “Even before I shower, my mailbox is almost full. And soon as I wake up my phone starts ringing from members of the community who feel afraid and have lots of questions about the executive orders.”<p>He’s …

Activism

How some Indian Americans made Trump look good

President Donald Trump's biggest Indian American supporter was once a die-hard Democrat.<p>Then, one night in 1979, Shalabh Kumar met Ronald Reagan.<p>Reagan was then a presidential candidate speaking at the Illinois Manufacturers' Association dinner. Kumar was there with his wife, and he held up his …

Miss America

Attorney says woman deported from Phoenix might have had her conviction overturned

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos’ deportation to Mexico from Arizona this week was the last chapter of a long nightmare for her family. It began in 2008 with a knock on the door by sheriff’s officers.<p>The day of that raid was still fresh in the memory of her 16-year-old son, who spoke Wednesday minutes …

Civil Rights

Valentines that mix pink hearts, politics and Latino pop culture

You’ve likely seen stores around town stuffed with heart-shaped balloons, boxes of chocolates and Valentine’s Day cards.<p>And then there are the cards that Oakland-based artist Rio Yañez creates every year. They are not physical cards, rather images shared through social media. And they’ve found a …

Valentine's Day

The artist who drew Trump beheading Lady Liberty is a Cuban refugee

“It’s pretty hilarious that in 2017, a <i>drawing</i> is making the world go nuts.”<p>That’s what artist Edel Rodriguez says about his cover for Der Spiegel magazine that broke the internet last week.<p>But to be fair, it’s not just any drawing. It’s a cartoon of President Donald Trump, standing in the pose of a …

Statue of Liberty

The story of two brothers, one green card and Trump's ban

The thing about my friend Hassan Iftin is that when things are really bad, his first reaction is to laugh. And to be honest, the past two weeks have been pretty bad if you’re a Somali Muslim refugee, like Hassan, hoping to start a new life in the United States.<p>When I called him up at his home in …

Green Cards

An Indian American Muslim singer resurrects an old civil rights anthem

Zeshan Bagewadi is always looking for a new song. Recently, he found a great one — except it wasn't exactly new. It was more than 45 years old, George Perkins' 1970 song "Cryin' in the Streets."<p>It was written as a reaction to the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. two years …

Music

This Iraqi doctor made his home in Trump country

Political divides, regional clashes, racism. Those are frequent topics in the news these days. But this story is different.<p>Dr. Chalak Berzingi fled his hometown in Iraq and ended up more than 6,000 miles away in America — in Trump country. He works in a small, deeply conservative Appalachian town. …

West Virginia

#19. @realDonaldTrump: You plan to hire 10,000 more immigration officers. Are you also expanding immigration courts? #100Days100Qs

<b>Mr. President, as you grow the size and scope of the our immigration enforcement system, will you also grow the capacity of immigration courts to hear and decide on the cases that result?</b><p>The 2016 budget for the Department of Homeland Security (PDF) includes:<p>Salaries, benefits, and operating costs …

Immigration

Court keeps hold on Trump's immigration ban as lawsuits move ahead

A federal appeals court has unanimously decided: President Donald Trump's executive order to bar all refugees and immigrants from seven countries will continue to be suspended.<p>"We hold that the government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that …

Government

'Implicit bias' may account for a glaring disparity in health care screening

Here’s a startling figure: More than half of Asian Americans with Type 2 diabetes don’t even know they have it. That compares to one in four Americans with the disease overall who are unaware. Even though the American Diabetes Association changed its screening guidelines for Asian Americans, a …

Health Care

Why this Muslim American, who fled Iran in 1979, backs Trump's travel ban

It was 1979 when Hossein Khorram, then 17, and his family escaped during Iran's Islamic Revolution to find refuge in the United States. The revolution was a sea change for the region. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, an American ally, was forced out and a militant Islamist government hostile to the US …

Iran

For those whose US visas hadn't yet been finalized, the future is uncertain

Omid Moghimi is an Iranian American, a citizen of the US. He grew up here. The 28-year-old physician is doing his medical residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. While visiting Iran in 2015, he met Dorsa Razi, 22.<p>The two got engaged and married in Iran, and in the midst of …

Iran

Here's what refugees do while they're waiting to get into the US

Sita Adhikari left a refugee camp in eastern Nepal at the end of January. She was set to join relatives already <b></b>in Rochester, New York on Jan. 31, less than a week after US President Donald Trump ordered a four-month hold on refugee resettlement.<p>As a tense immigration battle played out in the US, …

Refugees