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One tough job

Immigration | I’m looking for Border Patrol agents to help me better understand the challenges of their work
by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/04/19, 05:38 pm

In March, I went on a three-hour ride-along with a U.S. Border Patrol agent around the San Diego–Tijuana border.

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Little Mogadishu on the Mississippi

Immigration | Minnesota’s Somali Americans strive to free their community from violence
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/24/19, 01:55 pm

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in downtown Minneapolis is nicknamed “Little Mogadishu” because of its Somali American population. On Somali Street, a mall rests inside a wide, blue bungalow. There, different vendors in stalls sell traditional clothes, food items, and duvets. 

A few feet away, a two-story brick building houses the Masjid Darul-Quba mosque and a cultural center. Opposite the mall, several mothers stroll with their children in a small park. Signs for Somali restaurants and other small businesses dot more streets.

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Getting educated on immigration

Immigration | The border crisis is complicated, but even people who disagree about policy can keep learning
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/14/19, 05:31 pm

My first-ever visit to a jail-like setting took place during an October 2015 trip to Thailand, where I met with Christian Pakistani refugees.

There, at an immigration detention center in Bangkok, I met Arbab. At the time, he was 21, with soft brown eyes and an innocent smile. His dark, curly bangs and beard covered his face because he couldn’t cut them while in detention. He’d been stuck in a cell for more than six months, with no contact with his family and no money to pay bail. 

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