He spent $10M of his own money running for governor in ‘18. So why does Shri Thanedar want to join the Legislature next year?

BY: - July 25, 2020

It’s a 92-degree July afternoon and with Election Day approaching, Shri Thanedar is stumping for votes in Northeast Detroit. Armed with a bull horn, a lawn sign, and sporting a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, he’s holding court on the corner of East Seven Mile Road at Van Dyke.  “I need your vote,” Thanedar says to […]


Column: We must advocate for international and undocumented students 

BY: and - July 21, 2020

On July 6, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to international student regulations, mandating that international students must leave the United States if they are registered solely in online courses during the fall semester.  This was a drastic change from the past two semesters in which, due to the increasing rates of coronavirus in […]


Column: Undocumented residents shouldn’t be left out of Michigan tax policy

BY: - July 17, 2020

Tax returns were due this week after being postponed four months. But while we all have to pay the “taxman,” I want to talk about some taxpayers that many people don’t know about.  Undocumented residents make significant tax contributions (including to our country’s entitlement funds like Social Security and Medicare), and many of them use […]

Border officials didn’t follow guidelines on migrant children’s health care, govt. investigators find

BY: - July 16, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not consistently followed new guidelines for medical care of migrant children and spent some of the agency’s money designated for “medical care” on unrelated items like printers, speakers and its canine program, according to a new federal investigation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent “congressional watchdog,” […]

Trump admin. rescinds policy to deport international students

BY: - July 15, 2020

The President Trump administration rescinded a recent policy that would have deported hundreds of thousands of international students had their classes remained online during the COVID-19 pandemic.  On July 6, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students would need to return to their home countries if classes remain virtual this fall. The […]

‘New Americans’ make up just 5% of Michigan Legislature

BY: - July 11, 2020

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Twp.) said he is proud to be part of the 5% of first- and second-generation immigrants, commonly known as “new Americans,” that make up the Michigan Legislature. However, Camilleri says that while representation of immigrant lawmakers has come a long way in the last few decades, there still is more […]

Supreme Court rejects Trump admin. challenge to DACA

BY: - June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday salvaged a President Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal wing in finding that the President […]

Baldwin prison confirms 1st inmate COVID-19 death

BY: - June 1, 2020

North Lake Correctional Facility, the private, for-profit immigrant prison in rural Baldwin that has been plagued by hunger strikes and other controversies in the eight months since it opened, has confirmed its first inmate death due to COVID-19. The death appeared on the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) website on Friday. A spokesperson for GEO […]


Susan J. Demas: Help us tell the stories of coronavirus better

BY: - May 19, 2020

The small militia-organized rally last week at the Capitol was a depressing affair. Extremists dressed in ponchos (but generally without masks) carrying guns and wilting signs for the usual right-wing causes — anti-abortion, pro-gun, the Democratic governor is the same as Hitler — milled around the Capitol listening to speakers scream about conspiracy theories. Many […]

Betsy DeVos

DeVos: Universities can’t share grants with DACA students

BY: - May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities across the country are getting emergency federal aid for COVID-19, but some of the most vulnerable students won’t be eligible for assistance. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the emergency grants — part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief act that Congress approved last month — can’t go to […]

‘It’s hell’: COVID-19 concerns grow at federal immigrant prison in Baldwin

BY: - May 10, 2020

Sixteen staff members at Michigan’s only private, for-profit immigrant prison in the rural village of Baldwin have been confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday. But for loved ones of the inmates housed there, that’s where their access to clear COVID-19 information at the North Lake Correctional Facility ends. The owner of […]

Breaking: 3 staffers at Baldwin immigrant prison test positive for COVID-19

BY: - April 13, 2020

Updated, 5:53 p.m. with Monday’s numbers for the Milan facility. Three employees at a federal immigrant prison in Baldwin have tested positive for COVID-19, the Advance confirmed Monday. A spokesperson for the owner of the private prison, Florida-based GEO Group, said that no inmates have tested positive at the North Lake Correctional Institute, although it […]