A Holiday By Immigrants: Columbus Day

Since 1792, Americans have celebrated Columbus Day in one form or another. The now federally recognized holiday marks Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the New World in 1492. Many Americans view this day as just that, a holiday to recognize the accomplishments of a man who ushered in the age of exploration while laying the…
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Damon Keith’s Impact on Immigration

Last Sunday, Federal Judge, Civil Rights icon, and Detroit native Damon Keith passed away at the age of 96. Throughout his long and prolific career, his judicial opinions touched everything from housing segregation to school integration. Yet, it was his efforts to keep the U.S. Immigration Court system just and transparent that remain some of…
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A Brief Look at the Chinese and Japanese Exclusion Acts

Japanese immigrants being inspected by American customs officers During the California Gold Rush of the 1850’s, millions of individuals converged from around the world, leading to massive amounts of immigration, the resurgence of the American economy, and conflict.  Arguably, the bulk of the immigrants that endured the most conflict at this time were the Chinese…
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