How Michigan legislators and leaders are combating AAPI hate through education and activism

BY: - July 18, 2022

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have increasingly faced discrimination as a scapegoat for the coronavirus as leaders like former president Donald Trump spread racist and xenophobic sentiments, referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus.” Meanwhile, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have disproportionately faced the effects of the coronavirus. The […]

Courts take the lead role as U.S. immigration policy remains in limbo

BY: - July 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Eighteen months into the Biden administration, immigration reform has stalled despite campaign promises to reform the system, with the most recent movement on immigration policy doled out by the U.S. Supreme Court and in lower federal courts. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Biden administration in a 5-4 decision on June 30 that […]


Column: We need to advocate for immigrant-inclusive policies that have a year-round impact

BY: - June 30, 2022

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, which recognizes the experiences, achievements, and contributions — economic and cultural — of immigrants across the country.  Our state’s immigrant communities are full of nearly 700,000 Michiganders who moved to a new country with courage and resolve, work hard for their families and help make Michigan a place we all […]

Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

BY: - May 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border. The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction will stop […]

In wake of Lyoya’s death, a reckoning with Grand Rapids’ history of police brutality

BY: - May 7, 2022

The day before Grand Rapids officials released the video of Grand Rapids Police Department Officer Christopher Schurr shooting and killing Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old unarmed Black man, police began erecting concrete barricades around the department’s headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids.  The barriers, a police spokeswoman said at the time, were a “precaution” as police prepared […]

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Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden administration from ending Title 42

BY: - April 26, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States. U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays told Republican state attorneys general and the federal government that he planned to grant the Republicans’ request for a temporary […]

New federal COVID aid delayed after U.S. Senate Republicans insist on immigration debate

BY: - April 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have departed their offices and hearing rooms on Capitol Hill for a two-week spring recess without passing additional funding to combat the coronavirus, amid a stalemate over immigration policy. Despite reaching a bipartisan agreement Monday for $10 billion for testing, treatments and vaccines, much of it needed in states, the U.S. Senate […]

U.S. House Democrats applaud end of Trump-era policy on migrants at the border

BY: - April 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats at a U.S. House Homeland Security panel hearing on Wednesday praised the end of a Trump-era policy that turned away migrants pleading for asylum at the border. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the so-called Title 42 policy, enacted on public health grounds at the beginning of the […]

Biden administration to halt pandemic policy blocking migrants who claim asylum

BY: - April 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday the government will terminate a Trump-era policy that prevented migrants from claiming asylum during a health crisis, including the coronavirus pandemic. The policy will end on May 23, the CDC wrote in its notice. “There is no longer a serious danger that the entry […]

New process for asylum cases at the border unveiled by Biden administration

BY: - March 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Thursday steps to expedite asylum cases at the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to resolve a years-long backlog, but policy advocates worry the streamlined process could prevent asylum seekers from obtaining legal representation if their cases are denied. “If somebody is not approved in the first instance, they’re going […]

U.S. to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, levy more sanctions on Russia

BY: - March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House announced a wave of new sanctions against Russia on Thursday while pledging to send more humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and welcome up to 100,000 refugees. The new economic restrictions on Russia and billions more in aid for Ukrainians were detailed as President Joe Biden huddled with North Atlantic Treaty Organization […]

Bipartisan Michigan lawmakers want Congress to speed up green card process

BY: - March 22, 2022

In bipartisan fashion, two Michigan lawmakers have called for their colleagues to support federal legislation designed to help more immigrants obtain green cards to work and help build the American economy.  State Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy), the Michigan Legislature’s first Indian immigrant and Hindu lawmaker, introduced House Resolution 248 on March 8 to urge the […]