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Public News Service - MI: Immigrant Issues

Some Michigan lawmakers say immigration enforcement activities should be planned in a way that promotes detainees' access to counsel. (Fibbonaci Blue/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Some Michigan lawmakers are demanding that immigrants held in detention are ensured better access to justice. Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, is one member of a bipartisan group of state representatives that she describes as "troubled" that so many people taken into custody by Imm

Volunteers are needed to help refugees adjust to life in Michigan. (Samaritas)

DETROIT – With President Donald Trump's travel ban currently on hold and refugees once again allowed to resettle in Michigan, those who work with them hope people will channel their efforts into helping the refugees adjust. The faith-based, human services organization Samaritas has been help

Many immigrants in Michigan are confused and fearful in the wake of President Trump's order. (Welcoming Michigan)

DETROIT -- With one of the largest populations of Middle Eastern immigrants in the nation, Michigan is feeling the ripple effects of President Trump's recent executive orders. Christine Sauve is the senior program coordinator at the Welcoming Michigan project at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Cente

Amnesty International, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children are among the humanitarian organizations working around the world. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Aid workers in Michigan and around the globe work on many levels to end the suffering of those in need. Today's observance of World Humanitarian Day is a time to honor their commitment. According to the United Nations, which established the annual observance in 2003, about 130 mill

Michigan researchers say racism permeates all aspects of the nation's food system, from farm workers to food preparation and service. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - People don't often think of racism when they think of how food gets from the field to the table, but experts say it's an issue all along the nation's food supply chain. From farm workers to food processors, to restaurant servers, the need to embrace racial equity along with sustai

Central American refugees in the United States flee war-torn countries full of poverty and violence. (John Pavelka/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - Ahead of his final State of the Union address, some Michigan groups are calling on President Obama to end immigration raids of Central American refugee families. The demand comes from 40 organizations representing faith, labor and civil-rights organizations in the state. The raids,

Children are among those most affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria. (Elsa Alaswad)

LANSING, Mich. – The Syrian conflict is a monumental humanitarian crises with decades of social and human development lost since it began in 2011. A Michigan social worker is spearheading a plan to rebuild the country. Social workers are the backbone of civil society, says Marijo Upshaw of

Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to stop accepting Syrian refugees in Michigan is being met with some criticism. Credit: Office of Gov. Snyder.

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Rick Snyder is receiving some backlash following his decision to suspend efforts to accept Syrian refugees into Michigan. In the wake of Friday's attacks in Paris, Snyder said he is suspending efforts to encourage resettlement in Michigan, citing safety concerns. Sta

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