Immigration

School’s Out for Summer: But for Many Migrant Kids, the Hard Work Is Just Beginning

By Grace Stevens, age 12

You have to be at least 16 to get a job in the United States… right? It turns out that in the past five years, there has been a 70% increase in the number of children illegally employed by companies, according to the Department of Labor, and at least 10 states have introduced or passed laws rolling back child labor protections in the past two years.

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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