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The United States Is Becoming a Smaller, Meaner Nation

July 14, 2020
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People taking the citizenship oath in Des Moines on July 2. Photo Credit: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press.

How do we know?  Under Trump's presidency the government has almost stopped hiring new workers.  One-third of federal workers will be eligible to retire between now and...

Mexican President In U.S. With Weak Hand

July 9, 2020
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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico went to Washington to meet with President Trump. Photo Credit: Mexican Presidency, via Reuters.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visited the U.S. on Wednesday, July 8th. He met with President Trump.


Migrant Farm Workers: From Illegal to Essential

May 7, 2020
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Workers in fields near Oro Loma, Calif. Photo Credit: Max Whittaker for The New York Times.

Migrants from Mexico and Central America are working in the fields of American farms.

The American government says about half of the country’s field hands are undocumented.  The...

In a Bar Far Away From Home

March 3, 2020
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Migrants from Cameroon celebrating a birthday at a bar in Tapachula, Mexico. Photo Credit: Daniele Volpe for The New York Times.

The coolest dive bar in southern Mexico is in a neighborhood in Tapachula.  Tapachula is a city near the border with Guatemala. The bar is hard...

Trump’s America Puts Up New ‘Keep Out’ Sign

February 25, 2020
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Statue of Liberty, New York City.

This is the famous poem welcoming immigrants to America. It is on the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of...

What Happens After an I.C.E. Raid? A Tale of Race, Ethnicity and Worker Solidarity.

December 31, 2019
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A sign at the Koch Foods plant. Photo Credit: Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times. Factories in Mississippi are where killing, cutting, and packaging chickens take place. On Aug. 7, 2019, the Trump administration raided seven chicken plants. They...

The End of a Migrant Trail: Death in the Back of a Truck

November 5, 2019
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The scene of the crime. Photo Credit: Stefan Rousseau/Press Association, via Associated Press. Thirty-nine migrants left North Vietnam one at a time for work in England. Their journey ended in death for all 39 of them in a refrigerated truck in...

Immigrants—Always the Life is Hard

October 29, 2019
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Life in a basement. All photographs by New York Times photographers. Nothing changes for immigrants in America. They arrive poor. They live like the poor in America always have for the last one hundred and fifty years. The lives of their children and grandchildren...


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