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 NBCnews.com’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.