Inside the Stokes Unit: Proving Love to USCIS

"There was the husband who knew how many stepkids he had but didn’t remember their names. And there was the guy who swore he slept with his wife every night, but was in the dark about the oxygen tank by her bedside. Immigration officers in New York City’s Stokes unit — who spend...

Church in New Jersey Offers Sanctuary to Immigrants

" A New Jersey pastor who opened up his church as a sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation doesn’t have much more room at the inn — nine have moved in. The Indonesian Christians say they’d rather camp out indefinitely in the Reformed Church of Highland Park than face persecution...

Iraq War Army Veteran Now Immigration Reform Activist

"Francisco Lema has become an immigration activist — in great part because the Ecuadorian-born Iraq war veteran has family members who are undocumented. “I still have some relatives that live here in New York, that unfortunately don’t have their papers,” said Lema, 33, who...

Deported U.S. Citizen Finally Gets Passport Back

"After being deported from JFK Airport, stuck in exile and later detained by immigration officials, U.S. citizen Blanca Maria Alfaro is relieved to have a passport again. "This isn't fair, all of this that they have done to me. I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone else," said...

Supreme Court May Help ‘Aged-Out’ Immigrant Kids

"Allana Rambharose was once handcuffed and deported to her native Guyana — even though she’d been living in New York since age 4 — and faces an uncertain future because she 'aged-out' of her family’s visa bid. A lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court could change...

Employers Seek Immigrants With DACA Status

"A growing number of employers — including national nonprofit Teach for America and a North Carolina-based bank — are seeking diverse workers by specifically recruiting immigrants who came here illegally as kids and got permission to work through a 2012 federal program called Deferred...