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  • By Arshiya Bhayana ’22 With the advent of the internet and technology, where and how data is stored, and who has access to it, are growing concerns for citizens, companies, and governments. The way data is collected, stored, used, and transferred can have a massive impact on national security, industry

  • By Chris Conrad ’21 It’s January 2018. I’m in Hawaii on vacation with my parents. Suddenly, on our phones, a loud noise. BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Frantic googling, the realization that Hawaii has no missile shelters, there’s no underground parking

  • By Alexa Horkava ’22; Photo of FARC Guerillas in Colombia in 2016 from the Wall Street Journal In the rural areas of Venezuela’s department, Apure, life looks very different compared to the country’s inland. In the mornings, young children can be seen walking towards the local coca fields rather than

  • By Eliane Nieder Discussion around immigration policy often divides migrants into those who are deserving of staying in the United States and those who are not. Migrant rights activism often centers those who are considered deserving migrants — initially, those who come into the United States through legal methods, and

  • By Natasha Bansal ’23; Image by Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press In 2012, Barack Obama signed an executive order for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which granted eligible undocumented youth a renewable two year stay in the US, as well as a temporary work permit. DACA was enacted

  • By Alex Millones ’24; Image by Loren Elliott / Reuters Illegal immigration is a hot button issue in the United States. Anyone would be hard pressed to find a politician who doesn’t speak about the issue or even an American without thoughts on illegal immigration. The conversation around illegal immigration

  • By Sophia Kaplan ’23; Image by Andrew Harnik/Pool photo/Getty Images All quotations used below are from Migration Encounters records. For the purpose of the interviewee’s continued safety and privacy, names have been omitted from the following blog post. The holiness of the Pledge of Allegiance, the inviolability of the U.S.

  • By Jorge Paz Reyes ’24; Image of President Biden addressing Congress about immigration by Doug Mills/The New York Times “Make it easier for somebody that is willing to work and willing to provide for a better future,” said Laila, a returned migrant, when asked what should the United States do

  • By Lulu Obaditch ’22; Image by Joe Hernandez/WHYY Getting a driver’s license is a common rite of passage. For young adults, this rite of passage often marks a newfound independence and freedom. Many of us, white Americans, are able to drive to work, the grocery store, the pharmacy, or school

  • By Katie Hughes ’22; Image by Wes Messamore When I tell my family or friends I’m taking a class on immigration, the follow-up is most often: so, what do you think?  I struggle to respond to this, in part because I find it hard to have an opinion on anything

  • By Sonja R. O’Brien ’21 Everyone knows the classic mistake on game night is starting the game without checking to make sure all the players use the same rules. Even worse, is when you think you are all playing by the same rules, and halfway through the game you realize

  • How should Biden “restore the Soul of America,”as promised? He must stop viewing immigration reform as a political minefield and start seeing it as America’s best chance to realize its ideals and renew faith in its promise. This means being bold, frank, and action-oriented on an issue he has recently

  • By Katherine Hueston ’23 In 1942, as the United States and the Allied powers fought for international freedom and democracy abroad, my grandparents fought for the same, crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico, searching for liberation, economic freedom, and a better life for their children.  My grandmother carried one

  • By Rhea Chandran; Image by The Washington Post After the 2008 presidential election, many political pundits declared that the United States was officially a “post-racial” and “color-blind” society. This was, in fact, not the case. The United States continues to actively maintain structures of White supremacy within political and social

  • By Natalia Barber ’23; Image by Sydney Schaefer As the nation looks to move forward after Trump’s presidency, we are forced to reckon with the damage that he left behind. Hoping to make good on his campaign promises of building a wall at the Southern border, Trump focused his efforts

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