A Brief History of Immigrants and Their Contributions to Detroit

Cadillac Square was home to the Detroit farmers market (1841-1891). By 1880, significant numbers of Italian & Polish immigrants were moving to the rapidly growing city. Photo: UM School of Public Health Detroit has long been a destination for immigrants. Decades before the economic decay, the 2013 bankruptcy, and even prior to French colonization, various…
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The Detrimental – But Conquerable – Effects of Undocumented Status on Women & Children

The current protocol for treatment in American immigrant detention centers takes a toll on people’s lives and mental health.  Women, in particular, are often exposed to sexual harassment and exploitation, and there are also many instances of suicide among women in such physically and emotionally trying circumstances. Detaining children and family detention in general has…
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U.S. Detention: An Exercise In Inhumanity

ICE Special Agents (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) arresting suspects during a raid. Photo Courtesy of ICE. In a recent press release, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that detention policies will be eased when it comes to families with children. After visiting numerous “family residential centers,” DHS concluded that once a family…
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