U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in  DeKalb County, Georgia. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Gulbenk, CC BY-SA 3.0)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the first in a two-part series. NEW YORK — Congregating on benches in a downtown Manhattan courtroom, children and their guardians listen to a young woman who stands in front of them talking in Spanish. The speaker, Marielos Ramos, is not…

Student activists protesting at Georgia State University on Monday, shortly before being arrested. (Image: Freedom University)

Undocumented students and activists in Georgia staged sit-ins at three state universities on Monday, calling for an end to policies they say unfairly deny undocumented student access to public higher education. Six students were arrested in the city of Athens after refusing to leave a building on the campus of the University of Georgia, and…

Unaccompanied minors on the U.S.-Mexican border. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in an address to the National Defense University on Wednesday that the country will expand the number of Central American refugees it admits into the country with the help of the United Nations and other non-governmental organizations. The announcement of the new refugee policy is…

The U.S.-Mexico border crossing at Tijuana. (Image: Prayitno, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — The United States and Mexico inaugurated a joint inspection program on Tuesday that, for the first time in history, will allow armed U.S. customs officials to work on Mexican soil. The program, which aims to reduce congestion at the border, was made possible after Mexican legislators in April overturned a long-standing ban…

Unaccompanied minors on the U.S.-Mexican border. (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Some 800 unaccompanied child migrants who traveled to the United States from Central America in the last few months will be relocated to two Dallas area campsites over the next few days. The U.S. Border Patrol reports that at least 10,588 unaccompanied children crossed into the United States in October and November…

Mexican immigrants march in 2006 for more rights in Northern California's largest city, San Jose. (Image: z2amiller, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — More Mexicans are now leaving the United States than arriving, a Pew Research Center report released on Thursday revealed. Data from the center’s 2014 Mexican National Survey showed that more than one million Mexicans and their families left the United States for Mexico from 2009 to 2014, compared with 870,000 Mexicans who…

U.S. President Barack Obama announcing executive orders on immigration in 2014. (Image:White House, Public Domain)

Top Story — On Tuesday, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama announced it will appeal a Monday ruling made by a federal appeals court that jeopardized the administration’s plan to forestall the deportation of some 5 million people. The appeal sets the stage for a potential summer Supreme Court hearing on the controversial immigration…

United Nations Plaza, New York City. (Image: Banfield, CC BY-SA 2.5 ar)

NEW YORK — Advocates of Puerto Rican self-determination have for decades claimed that their status as a U.S. commonwealth amounts to second-class citizenship, but regular petitions to the United Nations’ Special Committee on Decolonization have so far been fruitless. This year, however, leading figures in the statehood and independence movements are more hopeful than ever…