Immigration

Center Spread: The State of U.S. Immigration

There are many reasons people choose or are forced to leave their home countries, including lack of resources, food insecurity, frequent natural disasters caused by climate change, or violence like war and gang violence. They come to the United States with hopes to start a new life with better jobs, opportunities and more safety.

Court Rules in Trump’s Favor to Stop Temporary Protected Status for Some Immigrants

By Aida El-Hajjar, age 11 Nearly 400,000 immigrants may be forced to leave the United States because of a September 14 ruling by the federal court of appeals on temporary protected status (TPS) visas. In a 2-1 decision, the court sided with the Trump administration’s stance that some immigrants protected by TPS no longer need …

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Trump Seeks to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Census Count

By Neena Maya Sapkota, age 11 President Trump is seeking to exclude undocumented immigrants in the 2020 census. The census has been recorded every 10 years since 1790 and counts everyone living in the United States and its five territories. Providing important population data, the census helps policymakers determine the amount of services and funding …

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Coronavirus and Xenophobia: Hate Spreads Like a Virus

By Rosell Estrella, age 10 and IndyKids Staff COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China, late in 2019. The subsequent worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus has with it spread xenophobia and racism toward many people of Asian descent.  President Donald Trump and Republican allies fueled the spread of xenophobic rhetoric toward Asian Americans by …

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“It’s Like Someone Has Taken a Part of My Heart That Was There for a Long, Long Time.” A 12-Year-Old Reflects on the Experience of Immigration Officers Separating His Family.

By Victor, age 12 Every week, my family would go to the movies. We watched Sharknado 1, 2 and 3. We used to get popcorn, nacho cheese chips and Coke slushies. It was exciting, something I looked forward to. But two years ago, everything changed. One day, after my dad picked me and my little …

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Indykids Podcast: The Growing Movement of Japanese Americans Protesting Immigration Detention in the U.S.

During WWII, the United States government incarcerated about 120,000 innocent Japanese, Japanese American and Japanese Latin American people during World War II because Japan was seen as its enemy at the time. Now, former Japanese American and Japanese Latin American detainees and their decedents are part of a growing movement to protest immigration detention in …

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Indykids Podcast: “If I were you, I would not want to be me”- An 11-year-old shares with his peers the impact ICE had on separating his family

Victor in many ways is just like any other 11-year-old boy, he loves playing video games and going outside, but there’s one big difference— For the past two years he has been separated from his father, after he was arrested by immigration officials at their home one day after school. Victor shares his story with …

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