CHICAGO -- There's a lot of fear in the Latino community right now of being targeted by someone with a grudge against immigrants.
But attributing the unease to the recent shootings in El Paso, which specifically targeted Mexicans, overlooks the relentless struggle of being nonwhite in America. And the tension ratcheted up after Donald Trump ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The last time I saw Sil Ganzó, she was beaming as she gave a tour of her after-school care facility for newly arrived immigrant and refugee children.
Based on her enthusiasm, you'd have thought the tiny, two-room storefront for the elementary-school students had the grandeur of Google's headquarters. But, as I recall, it had few ...Read more
CHICAGO -- The massive immigration-reform marches of 2006 started as a response to, among many other things, pending legislation that would have made unlawfully present immigrants into felons.
The marches helped squash the legislation, which was known as the Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. But the...Read more
CHICAGO -- If you know a teen -- a relative, a family friend or even just the kid behind the counter at your local pizza joint -- give them a gift today: Look them straight in the eye and assure them that everything is going to be OK.
It's the time of year when tensions are especially high for older children. Recent high school graduates might ...Read more
CHICAGO -- As I type, my 17-year-old son is online with his friends playing a game called "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege." It's your standard shoot-'em-up game with tough military types in black tactical gear with powerful guns. Quiet, hyper-realistic situations ratchet up the tension, my son tells me. I hear the occasional screams emanating ...Read more
CHICAGO -- A decade ago, reporting on the immigration beat meant following dour -- but manageable -- story lines: legislative efforts at comprehensive reform, the occasional high-profile ICE raid, a mom taking sanctuary at a church.
Today's reporting on immigration requires a sustained focus to understand what is happening on a day-to-day basis...Read more
CHICAGO -- July was National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and, well, to be honest, I had no idea.
What's worse is that the annual campaign started all the way back in 2008, when Congress passed a resolution to improve access to mental health treatment and promote public awareness of mental illness, specifically among people of color. ...Read more
PORTLAND, Ore. -- What do children with leukemia, trees in deforested regions of the world, and kids in the remote rural communities of Nepal and Kathmandu have in common?
They all have very young benefactors who eat, breathe and sleep playing cards -- and who care deeply about making the world a better place.
These dudes who champion such a ...Read more
CHICAGO -- People of color know Nancy Pelosi.
She's every executive who hired them because their "unique" viewpoint was sorely needed at her organization, but then ignored every new suggestion.
She's every mentor at a new workplace who suggested that it would be best to learn how things were done and try not to rock the boat.
She's every ...Read more
CHICAGO -- It won't work.
President Trump can ask U.S.-born citizens to go "back home," and he can insult immigrants who have lived here productively for years in the hopes that they, too, will disappear from his sight. He can send out his militarized immigration force to round up people who look like they could be deported.
But he cannot will...Read more