Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler is an independent reporter in New York who has reported from across the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean on immigration, the safety net, criminal justice, poverty and the human fallout of the financial collapse. Seth currently reports for's In Plain Sight project. He's reported for ProPublica, The Daily Beast, This American Life, Elle Magazine, Latino USA, Radio Ambulante, and many other outlets. For six years he was a staff reporter for Colorlines and a researcher for Race Forward. Seth led a groundbreaking investigation for Race Forward and Colorlines that revealed the thousands of U.S. citizen children stuck in foster care whose parents have been detained or deported by federal immigration authorities. The investigation led to federal administrative shifts, as well as the passage of state-level legislation. Sethwon a 2012 Hillman Prize, has been a finalist for a Casey Medal and has won several Ippies Awards. He was the recipient of the 2013 NYU Reporting Award and has received reporting grants and fellowships from USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism and the Nation Institute. Seth tweets at @sethfw. Check out Seth's media appearances here.

Republican States Cut 'Food Stamps' As Feds Promise Not To

by Seth Freed Wessler on Oct 4, 2013 7:00AM

Republican state lawmakers are looking to do the job that their Beltway comrades won't be able to: Cut foot stamps from every angle.

Topics: Politics

Is Obama's Refusal to Halt Deportations Justified?

by Seth Freed Wessler on Sep 26, 2013 7:00AM

His justifications for not suspending deportations for new classes of immigrants look increasingly flimsy.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform

As Republicans Flee Immigration Reform, Pelosi May Introduce Her Own Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on Sep 24, 2013 11:35AM

Nancy Pelosi says she may introduce her own immigration reform bill in the House. But its chances are uncertain.

Topics: /NOW, Immigration

LGBT Immigrants Could Face Hard Road Applying for Marriage Visas

by Seth Freed Wessler on Sep 19, 2013 7:00AM

Immigration lawyers are gearing up to fight for their LGBT clients applying for marriage-based immigration visas. They say fears about being outed could stop some from applying.

Topics: Immigration, Gender & Sexuality

Senate Bill's Familiar Calculus: Enforcement for Citizenship

by Seth Freed Wessler on Jun 28, 2013 11:24AM

The question remains: Will the House take the bargain, or will it become only more enforcement.

Topics: Immigration Reform, Immigration

Senate Passes Historic Immigration Reform Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on Jun 27, 2013 4:26PM

The US Senate voted to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill today. But the legislation faces an uphill battle in the House.

Topics: /NOW, Immigration

DOMA Ruling Clears Path for Binational Couples

by Seth Freed Wessler on Jun 26, 2013 10:45AM

In striking down the DOMA, the Supreme Court also settles a hotly debated issue immigration reform: should LGBT US citizens be allowed to sponsor their partners for green cards. Yes, the court says.

Topics: /NOW, Immigration, Gender & Sexuality, Immigration Reform

Senate Passes Border Militarization Amendment With Bipartisan Support

by Seth Freed Wessler on Jun 25, 2013 7:00AM

The Senate agreed today on an amendment to the immigration reform bill that will invest billions to double the number of armed agents on the US-Mexico border and build hundreds of additional miles of fences.

Topics: /NOW, Immigration, Immigration Reform

Senate's Border 'Surge' Plays Political Games With Border Lives

by Seth Freed Wessler on Jun 21, 2013 1:45PM

The Gang of Eight has agreed to a massive new border build up to buy Republican support for the bill. But those living and working on the border say that investment will lead to more people perishing in the desert, not a safer country.

Topics: /NOW

CBO Report Leaves Conservatives With Nothing But Racial Anxiety To Fight Immigration Reform

by Seth Freed Wessler on Jun 20, 2013 12:40PM

The Congressional Budget Office report on immigration reform largely settles the economic argument over the bill's overall benefits. Now conservatives have little but their racial anxieties to fall back on.

Topics: /NOW, Immigration Reform, Immigration