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Documenting the Undocumented with Our Stories
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The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure.

The administration was laying the groundwork for such a drive even before an Islamic State-inspired extremist who was born in Bangladesh tried to blow himself up in Midtown Manhattan on Monday. It is assembling data to bolster the argument that the…
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The practice of bringing immigrant families together in the United States likely made the president richer and happier.

President Donald Trump used the attempted New York terrorist attack this week to renew his call to end “chain migration.” That’s the term immigration restrictionists use to describe allowing U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to help their family…
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The Trump administration plans to make it illegal for the spouses of thousands of immigrant workers to get jobs in the U.S.

Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B visa holders waiting for green cards have been eligible to work in the U.S. on H-4 dependent visas, thanks to a rule introduced by President Obama. Many H-1B visa holders are highly skilled, working in the tech sector.
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wo Boston-area congregations and their supporters have chosen to provide shelter to a woman from Ecuador and her children, and a man from El Salvador.

An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants duck in and out of the shadows in the United States, a number whose magnitude can muddy the roiling national debate over immigration. Compared with such a massive number, what are one or two people?
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Fabiola Hernandez' worst fears came to pass Tuesday night when she was taken from her cell in the Geauga County Jail, brought to Toledo and sent to Nuevo Laredo, perhaps the most dangerous city in Mexico.

"She was very frightened to be alone in that city after dark," said Veronica Dahlberg, the director of the immigrant support group HOLA. "She called but did not want to stay on the phone very long, because she was afraid she would attract attention."
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Immigrant parents struggle with the future — and try to protect their US-born children from the terrible truth.

“You really don’t realize how much your kids pay attention when adults are talking,” Treisi Martinez, a 25-year-old mother of two who is protected temporarily from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, told me in October.
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Petra Axolotl knew her chances of getting an H-1B visa were slim. She had an MBA from Wharton and a job offer at Twitter, but luck would decide the Dutch data scientist’s fate — and in 2016, it did not fall in her favor. Then Donald Trump became president, and she found herself preparing to move somewhere else entirely: Canada.

Axolotl missed out in the lottery for the coveted visa but remained determined to work in Silicon Valley, a place she considered the global capital of tech innovation. The plan was to reapply in 2017.
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Following a media outcry, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office said it will notify applicants whose paperwork was delayed and allow them to reapply. But on Monday, a state police officer pulled Aroche Enriquez over as he was driving to work. He was handed over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. As of Wednesday he remained in ICE custody at the York County Prison.

More than 10,000 recipients have lost their protected status already, according to Church World Service, a national faith-based nonprofit. Church World Service’s Lancaster office assisted Aroche Enriquez with his renewal application.
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“Fuimos tratados como esclavos”, dijo Rahim Mohamed, de 32 años. Un conductor de camión diabético y padre de dos hijos, ha vivido en los EEUU desde 2002. “Estuvimos esposados ​​por casi dos días”, continuó. “No se nos permitió usar el baño ni salir del avión. No me dieron el medicamento que necesito. Me oriné en una botella, y luego me hice en el pantalón. Fue algo horrible, hombre. Pensé que mi vida ya había terminado”.

“Estuvimos esposados ​​por casi dos días”, continuó. “No se nos permitió usar el baño ni salir del avión. No me dieron el medicamento que necesito. Me oriné en una botella, y luego me hice en el pantalón. Fue algo horrible, hombre. Pensé que mi vida ya…
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More than a thousand children are counting on Nora Sándigo to become their guardian if their undocumented parents are deported. How many of those promises will she now have to keep?

Because she didn’t know what to tell her children, she tried not to tell them anything. When they asked where their father was, she gave flimsy excuses: Yes, he came home last night, but he left while you were still asleep. He’s working late, he’s working…
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