Shani Saxon

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.

Protestors surround woman holding sign that reads families belong together in protest of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy immigration and refugee policies in Los Angeles, California on June 30, 2018.

Migrant Families Still Being Separated at the Border

Border agents say they have “no obligation” to report new cases of family separation because they didn’t take place under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Small children wearing shorts stand with their mother outside a temporary migrant shelter near the U.S.-Mexico border  in Tijuana, Mexico on November 20, 2018.

Chaos Continues at U.S. Border, Migrants Explore Their Options

Many have to decide if they will continue to fight for asylum in the United States.

Large school bus in front of a high school.

New Report Shows Fear of Deportation is Keeping Children Out of School

The UNESCO study urges schools to create safe spaces for all students.

Small child in stroller looks at camera as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers check the IDs of pedestrians crossing into the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry on November 19, 2018.

Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Asylum Ban

The ruling comes after President Donald Trump signed a proclamation to refuse asylum earlier this month.

Brown hands reach through a white fence and grab the bars. These immigrants wait to eat at a temporary migrant shelter set up near the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico on November 18, 2018.

Democrats Create Immigration Plan in Response to Trump

Party leaders must decide how progressive they want to be.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, wearing a red sweater and gold necklace, leads a "March To The Polls" In Atlanta on October 28, 2018.

Midterms Update: Georgia's Abrams Ends Her Bid for Governor. Florida Is Still in Play

While Abrams acknowledged that there were no legal means to surmount what she calls irregularities, she refused to concede to her opponent.  

Ronald D. Vitiello, nominee to be assistant Homeland Security secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, testifies at a hearing held by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in Washington, DC on November 15, 2018.

Acting Head of ICE Denies Family Separation Policy

Ronald Vitiello, the Trump administration’s nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also refused to rule out the possibility that it could happen again.

Photo of man holding a large rainbow flag stands with a small group of migrant travelers as they wait for a ride  in Juchitan de Zaragoza, Mexico on November 1, 2018.

LGBTQ Group That Split From the Migrant Caravan Has Arrived at the U.S. Border

As members of a persecuted class, most plan to seek asylum in the United States as early as this week. In a press conference they claimed to have faced discrimination within the caravan.