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Kavitha Surana

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Kavitha Surana is a senior reporting fellow at ProPublica covering immigration.

Previously, she covered immigration, counterterrorism and border security policy at Foreign Policy magazine. She has also reported on Europe’s migration crisis from Italy and Germany for publications like Al Jazeera, Quartz, OZY and Global Post thanks to a Fulbright journalism fellowship and a Heinrich Böll Foundation grant to report on migration and integration in Europe. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and European studies from New York University and got her start in journalism interning at the Associated Press bureau in Rome and CNN. She speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French and has also reported from Rwanda, Senegal, Texas and New York’s Lower East Side.

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Even in Philadelphia, One of the Most Determined Sanctuary Cities, Refuge Is Elusive

The city has wielded policy to fight back against Trump and ICE, but in the background, some public employees have quietly cooperated with immigration enforcement agents.

Authorities Can Now Deny Visa and Green Card Applications Without Giving Applicants a Chance to Fix Errors

Immigration lawyers call the policy change, which kicks in today, another brick in Trump’s “invisible wall” to make legal immigration as difficult as possible.

Recuperó a su bebé del centro de acogida de inmigración. Y, ¿ahora qué?

Una madre indocumentada volvió a encontrarse con su hija. Las primeras treinta y seis horas fueron una combinación de alegría, preguntas acerca de su separación e inquietudes acerca del futuro.

She Got Her Baby Back From Immigration Foster Care. Now What?

An undocumented mother was reunited with her daughter. The first 36 hours brought a mix of joy, questions about the separation and worries about the future.

Una bebé fue separada de su tío en la frontera. Tres meses después, su madre todavía está tratando de recuperarla.

El caso de Liah Ferrera Amaya muestra el exhaustivo proceso de revisión al que las familias inmigrantes deben someterse para recuperar a sus hijos de la custodia de los EEUU — incluso si eso significa arriesgarse a la deportación.

A Baby Was Separated From Her Uncle at the Border. Three Months Later, Her Mother Is Still Trying to Get Her Back.

The case of Liah Ferrera Amaya shows the extensive vetting immigrant families must submit to in order to retrieve their children from U.S. custody — even if it means putting themselves at risk for deportation.

“Solo quiero decirle que lo amo”

Los padres recluidos en centros de detención migratoria sin sus hijos dicen que los teléfonos apenas funcionan y aún no saben cuándo volverán a ver a sus hijos, casi dos semanas después de que la administración Trump declarara que puso fin a la separación familiar en la frontera.

“I Just Want to Tell My Son I Love Him”

Parents held in immigration detention without their kids say the phones barely work and they still don’t know when they will see their children again, almost two weeks after the Trump administration declared it ended family separation at the border.

Here’s What It’s Like to Work at a Shelter for Immigrant Kids

Some facilities are so overstretched, employees often wait hours for a break to go to the bathroom.

Pennsylvania State Police Adding Oversight to Troopers’ Interactions With ICE

Officers must now file a report when they call federal agencies. Meanwhile, Trooper Luke C. Macke continues to detain immigrants for ICE.

How Racial Profiling Goes Unchecked in Immigration Enforcement

A Pennsylvania judge heard uncontested evidence that ICE agents violated constitutional rights during an arrest last year, but that wasn’t enough to stop deportation proceedings.

How Asylum Works — And Doesn’t Work

Follow the path of immigrants fleeing violence or persecution, and get a glimpse into the complicated, evolving system designed to grant them refuge in the United States.

¿Has visto a ICE o a la Patrulla Fronteriza en tu comunidad? Cuéntanos tu historia.

Las agencias federales de inmigración dicen que están tratando de evitar los arrestos e interrogatorios en las que consideran “localizaciones sensibles”. Ayúdanos a monitorear dónde están operando.

Have You Seen ICE or Border Patrol in Your Community? Tell Us.

Federal immigration agencies say they avoid arresting and questioning people at “sensitive locations.” Help us learn where they are conducting operations.

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