Shani Saxon

Honduran migrant Jenny Cantarero holds her son Saul, 3, where they are living outside a closed temporary migrant shelter near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico on December 6, 2018 .

Gov't Says Thousands More Migrant Children Were Separated From Families Than Reported

The Trump administration began its family separation policy earlier than what was originally reported.

Old cell block inside an Idaho State Penitentiary.

STUDY: Why the Ban on Pell Grants for Incarcerated People Should Be Lifted

Postsecondary education greatly increases employment opportunities and wages for the formerly incarcerated.

Man wearing gray sweatshirt sits in chair while holding arm of small child wearing blue and black striped sweater. Migrant families rest at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas on  June 21, 2018.

Charities Step Up as Government Fails to Help Released Migrants

But how long can they continue to help without buckling under the financial pressure?

Migrants view a live televised speech by President Donald Trump on border security at a shelter for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico on January 8, 2019.

Shutdown Leaves Asylum-Seekers in Limbo

People seeking asylum in the United States could find themselves waiting years to have their cases heard.

Razor wire stretches out in the morning fog near the U.S.-Mexico border in Donna, Texas, on November 5, 2018 .

Just 12 Non-U.S. Citizens on Terror Watchlist Apprehended at Southern Border

As the Trump administration struggles to justify the need for a border wall, Vice President Mike Pence makes misleading claims about the number of “known or suspected terrorists” trying to enter the United States.

Students, activists and area politicians attend a unity rally on the steps of City Hall in downtown Newark in support of immigrants in Newark, New Jersey on January 18, 2018.

Trial Begins to Halt Trump's Termination of TPS for Haitians

As more than 50,000 Haitians face possible deportation, plaintiffs and immigration advocates gather outside the federal courthouse where their fates will be decided.

A man is detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Los Angeles, California.

Judge Temporarily Blocks ICE Agents From Arresting Cambodian Refugees

Many of those targeted fled the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror as children, but are now facing deportation orders.

Honduran children stand with their mother outside a temporary shelter set up near the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 20, 2018.

Young Immigrants Escaping Abuse Face Green Card Denials From U.S. Government

Applicants must file paperwork before they turn 21, but the Trump administration is rejecting applications for some who have celebrated their 18th birthdays.

A is man wearing a striped shirt as he carries a child from and they descend a hill, just before crossing the U.S.-Mexico border fence and turning themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol, on December 16, 2018.

Agents Fire Tear Gas at Migrants Attempting to Cross Southern Border

A Department of Homeland Security official called the families seeking asylum a “violent mob.” An eyewitness said otherwise.

Meek Mill raises his arms in victory on stage during the 4th Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on October 23, 2018.

Colorlines Favorites of 2018: Meek Mill Seeks Redemption on 'Championships'

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite 2018 videos, books, hashtags, movies and more. Here, contributing writer Shani Saxon dives into why Meek Mill’s “Championships” was the year’s best album.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent takes an immigrant into custody after she passed through a breach in the U.S.-Mexico border fence on the beach in Tijuana, Mexico on December 2, 2018.

Federal Judge Blocks Restrictions on Who Can Seek Asylum

He ruled that the Trump administration’s policy of denying asylum for survivors of domestic and gang violence is “arbitrary, capricious and in violation of the immigration law.”

A migrant wearing a green and black shirt carries a child as he approaches the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico on December 16, 2018.

Asylum-Seekers Camp on U.S. Soil, Demand Immediate Processing

A group of Honduran migrants are challenging a United States’ decision to make people wait in Mexico if the nation is experiencing capacity strains.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stand guard at the Tecate, Mexico, port of entry into the United States on December 4, 2018.

Border Protection Didn't Tell Congress About Death of 7-Year-Old Migrant to Avoid 'Politicizing' Her Passing

Representative Joaquin Castro: “This is going to be a very serious problem for him and an issue that the next Congress will look into.”

Sunlight shines on old, abandoned penitentiary.

Racial Justice Group Testifies That Pennsylvania's Proposed Risk Assessment Tool is Racist

Color of Change says the use of a computer algorithm to determine if and how long people should be sentenced to incarceration is racist and unfair.

U.S. Border Patrol agents walk back to their vehicles after taking immigrants into custody after they climbed over the U.S.-Mexico border fence from Tijuana, Mexico on December 2, 2018.

The Gov't Wants to Use Credit Scores to Keep Immigrants Out of U.S.

This targeting would disproportionately affect people of color.

A group of migrant women and children walk past a U.S. Border Patrol agent after crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico on December 2, 2018.

Asylum Claims Jump Almost 70 Percent in 2018

The Department of Homeland Security released statistics that indicate a huge increase in asylum applications at the southwest border.

Members of the migrant caravan climb over the U.S.-Mexico border fence while crossing into San Diego, California, from Tijuana, Mexico, on December 3, 2018.

REPORT: Migrants Bring Economic Stability, Not Disease

Dr. Paul Spiegel: “There is no evidence to show that migrants are spreading disease. That is a false argument that is used to keep migrants out.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent detains an immigrant in Los Angeles, California.

ICE Detains American Citizen, Attempts to Deport Him to Jamaica

Peter Sean Brown spent weeks in jail after repeatedly telling officials he was born and raised in Philadelphia.

A blue sign points to the pedestrian crossing to the U.S. near the U.S./Mexico border.

Trump Can Continue to Ignore Environmental Laws While Building Border Wall

The Supreme Court will not hear a challenge brought by groups that say construction would pose a serious threat.

Screenshot of photo of murdered 21-year-old Alabama man Emantic Bradford

Alleged Mall Shooter Arrested, Police Still Can't Explain Why Officer Killed Emantic Bradford Jr.

The family of the Black man shot and killed by a police officer on Thanksgiving night is still waiting for the truth.