Trump mocked an ejected protester in Wisconsin. Her story is nothing like he imagined.

BY: - January 18, 2020

President Donald Trump was just eight minutes or so into his Tuesday evening campaign speech in Milwaukee’s Panther Arena when for a moment the crowd turned its attention from the podium. Trump’s audience booed at someone off to the side, out of view. Trump looked over, shrugged, turned back to the microphone, and dismissed what […]

State education board votes to support undocumented immigrant driver licenses

BY: - January 16, 2020

The Michigan Board of Education voted 6-1 Tuesday on a resolution favoring a four-bill package that would allow undocumented immigrants clearer access to driver licenses.  The bills — packaged together under the name “Drive SAFE” — would allow undocumented immigrants, workers and seniors to obtain Michigan state IDs or driver licenses for work and school-related […]

Tlaib denounces Trump admin immigrant DNA collection

BY: - January 7, 2020

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) on Tuesday called the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) action to collect DNA from immigrants and migrants at the border in Detroit “disgusting and inhumane.” “This administration moves our society toward one of injustice and suffering day after day,” Tlaib said. “This alarming effort to collect DNA from immigrants […]

DACA, deportations and Trump: The year in the Advance’s immigration reporting

BY: - December 24, 2019

Quotable of the Year: “I don’t want my father to die. You have the power to save his life. He is not a flight risk. He has made good faith efforts to comply with all requests asked of him.” — Dearborn Heights resident Mariam Charara on her father’s pending deportation to Lebanon In the last […]


Column: Driver licenses for all: An inclusive policy to drive Michigan forward

BY: - December 20, 2019

We know how much the roads matter in Michigan. But how often do we think about sidewalks? It may seem out of place to be talking about sidewalks in a column about driver licenses, the drivers who have them, our cars and our roads. But one particular component of a sidewalk (or should I say, […]


James E. Garcia: ‘Diversity’ isn’t code for ‘white genocide’

BY: - December 17, 2019

It’s been a little more than four months since a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart left 22 people dead and two dozen more wounded. I think a lot about the El Paso shooting victims, who ranged in age from 15 to 90. Like me, almost all of those murdered that day had Latino […]

Immigration and Customs Enformcement

Report: 250 students arrested by ICE after sting at fake metro Detroit university 

BY: - November 27, 2019

About 250 students of a fake university in Farmington Hills have been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since January as part of a sting operation.  According to the Detroit Free Press, the University of Farmington was created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to entice foreign-born students and take away their […]

Nessel urges Trump admin to withdraw proposal limiting asylum-seekers’ working rights

BY: - November 13, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel joined 18 other attorneys general last week in opposing a President Trump administration proposed rule that would eliminate the 30-day timeframe for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review asylum-seekers’ work permit applications.  Under the current system, asylum-seekers can apply for a work permit or Employment Authorization Document if […]

Is DACA doomed? Supreme Court may side with Trump.

BY: - November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to salvage a former 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. Michigan is home to 5,350 DACA recipients. The average recipient in Michigan moved to the U.S. by […]

MSU students demand support for immigrants, sanctuary school status

BY: - November 11, 2019

Some Michigan State University students are demanding the administration declares it a sanctuary school and provide more support and resources for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.  On Friday, students rallied outside the university’s Hannah Administration building to bring awareness to immigration issues. The rally, hosted by student organization DreaMSU, was timed […]

DACA case heads to U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday

BY: - November 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — Can President Donald Trump put an end to legal protections for a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States years ago as children? The U.S. Supreme Court will consider that question Tuesday — and its answer will determine the fates of hundreds of thousands of young adults across the […]


Susan J. Demas: When it comes to Trump, the brazenness is the point

BY: - November 10, 2019

President Donald Trump will almost certainly be impeached — it’s now just a matter of narrowing down the list of high crimes and misdemeanors and checking it twice. But as details emerge every day of his not-very-sophisticated plot to allegedly extort the Ukraine government into smearing a potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, […]