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

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

Is Obama's Refusal to Halt Deportations Justified?

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

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

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

LGBT Immigrants Could Face Hard Road Applying for Marriage Visas

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.

Senate Bill's Familiar Calculus: Enforcement for Citizenship

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

Senate Passes Historic Immigration Reform Bill

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

DOMA Ruling Clears Path for Binational Couples

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.

Senate Passes Border Militarization Amendment With Bipartisan Support

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.

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

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.

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

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.

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers' Pay

Corporations like Burger King and Domino's pay close attention to every detail of their franchisees business--except how they keep labor costs down.

Muslim New Yorkers and Civil Rights Group File Suit To Stop NYPD Spying

Two years after the Associated Press revealed that NYPD had built a sprawling program to spy on Muslim New Yorkers, some of it's targets have joined with civil liberties groups to sue the city.

House GOP Finds Everything Wrong With Immigration Law And Tries to Make It Worse

The House Judiciary Committee gets started on immigration this week with a deportation bill that could pull reform dramatically right.

Los Otros DREAMers: A Book Of Young People's Deportation and Return To Mexico

A new book project tells the stories of Los Otros Dreamers, young people who were deported or returned from the US to Mexico and are trying to rebuild their lives. The authors have launched a kickstarter campaign to finish the project.

Feds Reveal Widespread Housing Bias But Refuse to Stop It

A new HUD study reveals widespread practices of racial discrimination in housing markets, but as ProPublica reports, the agency has no plans to go after offenders uncovered in the vast data on discrimination.

Immigration Debate Begins While Advocates Demand Obama Halt Deportations

As the Senate prepares to take up the immigration reform bill, immigration advocates are renewing calls on the administration to halt deportations. Meanwhile, Republicans, with some support from Democrats, are pushing the immigration bill to the right.

Report: Immigration Enforcement Takes Heavy Toll On Kids' Physical And Mental Health

A new report reveals that immigration reform could save hundreds of thousands of children from suffering physical and mental health strains.

Report: Feds Lock Children in Adult Immigration Detention

ICE has locked up more than 1,300 children in adult immigration detention centers in the last four years. Two were under 10-years-old. Hundreds were locked up for more than a month.

Connecticut Limits Cooperation With Secure Communities

Connecticut's legislature unanimously agreed to limit the state's compliance with the federal Secure Communities deportation program.

Fast Food Workers Strike In Seattle As National Trend Begins To Show Results

Fast food workers went on strike in a sixth city yesterday as other low-wage service sector workers are claiming union victories.