Charissa Koh

Charissa is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

Associated Press/Photo by Wilfredo Lee

Self-sufficiency and the American dream

Compassion | New rule could keep immigrants who receive welfare from getting their green cards
by Charissa Koh & Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/21/19, 04:11 pm

When Emma Lazarus wrote her iconic poem “The New Colossus” in the 19th century, no public welfare system existed in the United States to help needy immigrants. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” she wrote, with no expectation that the tired, poor, huddled masses would get a handout from the government.

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Regaining a lost love

Marriage | A crisis in Mark and Dorothy Looman’s marriage taught them to prioritize one another (First in a series on long marriages)
by Charissa Koh
Posted 8/15/19, 04:13 pm

Two years into his first pastorate, Mark Looman sat down to lunch with his wife Dorothy and their two girls. From Mark’s perspective, everything was normal, but over the last eight years, Dorothy’s frustration had been silently building. At that lunch, it became too much: She told Mark she did not love him anymore and walked out the door. “I wasn’t sure if I’d even see her again,” Mark says.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rogelio V. Solis

Caring for children after immigration raids

Compassion | What happened to the children of immigrants arrested in Mississippi?
by Charissa Koh
Posted 8/14/19, 04:21 pm

A large-scale immigration raid on seven food processing plants in Mississippi last week sparked concerns about the welfare of the children of the 680 adults arrested. The raid took place on Wednesday, the first day of school, and reports circulated that children were coming home to find their parents gone. I called sources on the ground in Mississippi to find out what happened and who is taking care of the affected children.

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