Robin Urevich

Robin Urevich is a journalist and radio reporter whose work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Las Vegas Sun.

 

Recent Articles

How the Spending Bill Can Hurt Immigrant Detainees

Increasing ICE’s funding threatens more immigrant families, though the legislation also requires the agency to report more regularly to Congress.

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. Both houses of Congress approved a $333 billion spending bill Thursday, granting President Trump $1.375 billion for border fencing—far less than the $5.7 billion he’d requested for a border wall. The bill also includes a record $4.2 billion allocation to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for its detention and deportation activities. Before the vote, four freshman representatives—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley—issued a statement announcing they would oppose the bill because of the ICE funding increase. “By any reasonable measure,” they wrote, “Donald Trump’s weaponization of ICE and CBP has been a failure. The Department of Homeland Security does not deserve an increase in funding.” Immigrant rights activists...

DHS Kicks the Ladder from Under Immigrants Seeking Green Cards

The department’s proposed rule could devastate the health care of millions of immigrants.

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Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. Immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing assistance or Medicare prescription drug subsidies could be barred from obtaining green cards or visa extensions under a proposed rule the Department of Homeland Security published in the Federal Register on October 10. Currently only those who use cash assistance or who require long-term institutional care at government expense are barred on public charge grounds. Immigrant-rights advocates, health-care providers, and local governments predict devastating results, especially in California and other states with large immigrant populations: Millions of people would go hungry or forego medical treatment for fear they could jeopardize their chances or those of family members to legalize their status in the United States. The newly uninsured would seek care at hospital...

Conditions Worsen for ICE Detainees Following Hunger Strike

Guards at the Adelanto Detention Center responded to asylum seekers’ hunger strike with violence and pepper spray.

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Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. Nine Central American immigrants sat at a table in their dormitory at the troubled Adelanto Detention Facility and asked an officer to deliver a list of their demands to higher-ups. The officer at the for-profit facility in Adelanto, California, in the high desert, north of San Bernardino, refused and ordered them to return to their bunks for an inmate count. Instead, the men linked arms and refused to budge. “We wanted to be heard,” said Josue Lemus Campos, 24, from El Salvador. He said he and his fellow protesters had been quiet and peaceful during their June protest. But when the men refused to move, the officer immediately called for reinforcements who rushed in, armed with pepper spray. They began shouting orders in English, a language the men don’t fully understand. Minutes later, the guards...