Rob Holmes

Rob is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute’s mid-career course. Follow Rob on Twitter @SouthernFlyer.

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First discharge, then deportation?

Compassion | U.S. Army suspends immigrant discharges but some service members stuck in limbo
by Rob Holmes
Posted 8/15/18, 04:50 pm

The U.S. Army recently changed its practices after public reports noted it forcibly discharged dozens of legal immigrants seeking a path to citizenship.

Earlier this summer, immigrants in the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program said they were discharged, some without explanation and others because they were a security risk due to foreign relatives or incomplete background checks. It’s unclear exactly how many MAVNI participants were discharged.

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The DACA hiring dance

Compassion | Employers wonder how to handle workers with uncertain futures
by Rob Holmes
Posted 8/08/18, 04:49 pm

As courts and the White House battle back and forth about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. companies are increasingly skittish about hiring the program’s beneficiaries.

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Technical difficulties

Compassion | Bureaucracy could get in the way of low-income customers using their SNAP benefits at farmers markets
by Rob Holmes
Posted 8/01/18, 04:51 pm

A symbiotic relationship between farmers and low-income produce buyers is at risk thanks to a technical glitch.

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