Column: We must protect immigrant families in Biden’s 1st 100 days and beyond

BY: - January 1, 2021

Although we all are probably sick of Zoom, it’s worth noting how virtual platforms have made “getting together” over the course of a pandemic as easy as clicking a link. Of course, it is still difficult and strange to not be able to see colleagues in person, or to have kids, pets, roommates and partners […]

Immigration advocates push Biden to bring back DACA and expand it

BY: - November 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is promising to reinstate a former President Obama-era program that shields deportation for some undocumented people who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. But immigration advocates are pushing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to not just be reaffirmed but […]

‘I went to the polls for humanity’: Immigrant voters want DACA passed, ‘Muslim ban’ and child separation ended

BY: - November 16, 2020

In the days leading up to the Nov. 3 election, Deysi Cordoba took to her keyboard: “Vote,” the 19-year-old nursing student from Grand Rapids wrote to her friends. Her fingers flew as she typed. Cast your ballots, she urged, for those who cannot, like herself. Vote, she said, because it could make the difference in […]

Updated: Trump repeatedly attacks Whitmer during rally in governor’s hometown

BY: - October 27, 2020

Updated, 10:52 p.m., 10/27/20 President Donald Trump attacked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer four times during a rally in Lansing on Tuesday, relying on false claims about the state of Michigan being “locked up like a prison.” “Your governor is a disaster. They’ve got to open up this state,” Trump said. “And she’s got to keep her […]

Former DHS official: Plot against Whitmer was ‘reminiscent’ of ISIS

BY: - October 26, 2020

Miles Taylor is one of several former President Trump administration senior officials who has now endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Taylor served as chief of staff to former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting Secretary Chad Wolf from 2017 to 2019. Taylor joins Olivia Troye, a former coronavirus adviser to Vice […]

Biden vows an immigration overhaul in his first 100 days as president

BY: - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday night distanced himself from the President Obama administration’s handling of undocumented people that led to the highest rate of deportations of any presidency and said he would act swiftly on immigration as president. During the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Biden admitted that […]

From health risks to racism, some international students decide studying in the U.S. isn’t worth it

BY: - September 24, 2020

Wilson Chan, an international student from Hong Kong, expected to be back in Ann Arbor this fall, starting his senior year at the University of Michigan and getting ready to graduate with all of his friends.  But once his mom saw how the United States was handling the COVID-19 pandemic, she told him she didn’t […]

Congress launches inquiry into claims about gynecological procedures at immigrant facility

BY: - September 23, 2020

Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center, said women at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility […]

Labor advocates file in support of order requiring COVID-19 tests for migrant workers

BY: - August 21, 2020

A coalition of worker advocates, unions, community organizations and health experts have filed an amicus brief in support of a state order requiring COVID-19 tests for Michigan’s migrant worker population, as the state’s agriculture lobby pursues a legal challenge to strike down the order as a civil rights infringement. “Plaintiffs’ effort to discern some sort […]


Column: Estamos aquí también — We are here, too

BY: - August 4, 2020

Everyone in our communities is essential, and our well-being is profoundly interconnected. That’s the reality the COVID-19 public health crisis has made plain.  In this moment, a legislative response to COVID-19 that protects and promotes the well-being of all requires swift leadership from U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing). Anti-immigrant policies […]

Nessel joins suit against Trump excluding immigrants in redistricting

BY: - July 30, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 20 other AGs, nine cities, four counties and one combined city and county in all corners of the country to sue the President Trump administration for unlawfully excluding undocumented immigrants from each state’s apportionment base. Trump issued a memorandum on July 21 announcing that “illegal aliens” are to be […]

Agricultural workers would get PPE, hazard pay under Dem plan

BY: - July 28, 2020

Four state House Democrats on Monday rolled out a bill package that aims to allocate hazard pay, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other protections to at-risk agricultural workers in Michigan. Their five bills, dubbed the Food Security Protection Plan, extend protections to seasonal and migrant farm workers who continue to plant, cultivate, harvest and package […]