Jaya Padmanabhan

Before 2010, Mexico was the single largest country of origin for immigrants in the nation. Since then, however, the number of immigrants from China and India have outpaced the flow of those from Latin American countries. (Courtesy photo)

The changing face of diversity: more Asians entering America than Latinos

More minority babies are being born in the country today than ever…

Before 2010, Mexico was the single largest country of origin for immigrants in the nation. Since then, however, the number of immigrants from China and India have outpaced the flow of those from Latin American countries. (Courtesy photo)
SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi speaks during a rally at City Hall organized by the National Temporary Protected Status Alliance that is part of the "TPS Journey for Justice" bus tour across the country on Aug. 27, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Terminating TPS to affect a quarter million U.S. born children

San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, stood at the top of the…

SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi speaks during a rally at City Hall organized by the National Temporary Protected Status Alliance that is part of the "TPS Journey for Justice" bus tour across the country on Aug. 27, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The 2017 class of fall freshman at UC Berkeley consisted of 3.5 percent black students and 20 percent Latino students, compared to the 6 percent black and 51 percent Latinos graduating from high school in California. (Courtesy photo)

Who’s afraid of affirmative action?

It’s no surprise that there is declining support for affirmative action among…

The 2017 class of fall freshman at UC Berkeley consisted of 3.5 percent black students and 20 percent Latino students, compared to the 6 percent black and 51 percent Latinos graduating from high school in California. (Courtesy photo)
Scapegoating the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency isn't the best way to deal with current difficulties around immigration in the country. (Courtesy photo)

Here’s what’s wrong with the ‘Abolish ICE’ movement

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is fast becoming a scapegoat…

Scapegoating the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency isn't the best way to deal with current difficulties around immigration in the country. (Courtesy photo)
The Trump administration plans to add a question to the 2020 census that asks, “Are you a citizen of the United States?” (Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Everyone counts in the U.S. Census

Census Bureau invites the public to comment on Census 2020’s citizenship question…

The Trump administration plans to add a question to the 2020 census that asks, “Are you a citizen of the United States?” (Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
“Bus 44,” a short film by Chinese American filmmaker Dayyan Eng, poses evocative questions about the dark side of human nature. (Courtesy photo)

Well, what purpose do marches serve anyway?

An estimated 15,000 people marched from Mission Dolores Park to San Francisco…

“Bus 44,” a short film by Chinese American filmmaker Dayyan Eng, poses evocative questions about the dark side of human nature. (Courtesy photo)
Women from Honduras wait after surrendering to border patrol agents after illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border on June 25, 2018 near Granjeno, Texas. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

How Ginger Thompson made us care for children separated from their parents

Ginger Thompson, a senior reporter at ProPublica, once told me the best…

Women from Honduras wait after surrendering to border patrol agents after illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico border on June 25, 2018 near Granjeno, Texas. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Citing a zero-tolerance immigration policy, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has supported young children being taken from their parents. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Separating children from their asylum-seeking families is bad policy

In the last few days, we’ve heard heart-rending stories of young children…

Citing a zero-tolerance immigration policy, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has supported young children being taken from their parents. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
The idea of citizenship is tied deeply to our personhood and social formation. (Courtesy photo)

Am I an unequal citizen of America?

At my daughter’s college graduation ceremony last week in Middletown, Conn., an…

The idea of citizenship is tied deeply to our personhood and social formation. (Courtesy photo)
Hundreds of DREAMers and their allies march through the streets of Washington, D.C., protesting the absence of a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which would offer young immigrants a pathway to citizenship, on March 5, 2018. (Michael Nigro/Sipa USA/TNS)

Options for DACA immigrants start with legal screenings

President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump’s Chief of Staff…

Hundreds of DREAMers and their allies march through the streets of Washington, D.C., protesting the absence of a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which would offer young immigrants a pathway to citizenship, on March 5, 2018. (Michael Nigro/Sipa USA/TNS)
People walk over the pedestrian bridge to the U.S. border at the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego. (Courtesy photo)

When literature reflects reality: The caravans at the San Ysidro border crossing

At about the time a caravan of migrants from Central Mexico converged…

People walk over the pedestrian bridge to the U.S. border at the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego. (Courtesy photo)
In San Francisco, 82 percent of employers agreed the complexity and uncertainty of the U.S. immigration system has changed the way they think about global hiring, according to a survey by Envoy Global. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

America must resist the protectionist perspective

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) saw a decline in annual…

In San Francisco, 82 percent of employers agreed the complexity and uncertainty of the U.S. immigration system has changed the way they think about global hiring, according to a survey by Envoy Global. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
The paperwork used by census takers in 2000. The Trump administration plans to add a question to the 2020 census that asks, “Are you a citizen of the United States?” (Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

‘Flawed logic’ behind citizenship question on 2020 census

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau gathers data to account for…

The paperwork used by census takers in 2000. The Trump administration plans to add a question to the 2020 census that asks, “Are you a citizen of the United States?” (Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
The U.S. received 199,000 H1-B visa petitions in 2017, down from 336,107 in 2016. (Courtesy photo)

H1-B visa applications facing heightened scrutiny

On April 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting…

The U.S. received 199,000 H1-B visa petitions in 2017, down from 336,107 in 2016. (Courtesy photo)
Xochitl Johnson beats on a bucket in front of Kimpton Sawyer Hotel as Attorney General Sessions speaks about the lawsuit against Californi’s sanctuary bill on March 7, 2018 in Sacramento, Calif. (Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee/TNS)

Intimidation and chaos all part of ICE’s policies

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are setting their scopes…

Xochitl Johnson beats on a bucket in front of Kimpton Sawyer Hotel as Attorney General Sessions speaks about the lawsuit against Californi’s sanctuary bill on March 7, 2018 in Sacramento, Calif. (Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee/TNS)
Irene, a Bay Area college student and DACA recipient, speaks during a news conference organized by the Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. (Jaya Padmanabhan/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Catholic leaders urge permanent legislative solution for Dreamers

Let’s talk religion. In a statement rejecting the rescindment of the Deferred…

Irene, a Bay Area college student and DACA recipient, speaks during a news conference organized by the Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. (Jaya Padmanabhan/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Protesters rally outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in San Francisco on Feb. 2 in response to recent immigration sweeps in Northern California. (Laura Waxmann/S.F. Examiner)

Sanctuary crackdown won’t make San Francisco safer

The Department of Justice sent a letter to 23 jurisdictions on Jan.…

Protesters rally outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in San Francisco on Feb. 2 in response to recent immigration sweeps in Northern California. (Laura Waxmann/S.F. Examiner)
Dan-El Padilla Peralta recounts his rise from povery in his memoir, “Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League.” (Courtesy photo)

America’s undocumented future: An odyssey, a shutdown and a status quo

I’ve been reading Dan-El Padilla Peralta’s book, “Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey…

Dan-El Padilla Peralta recounts his rise from povery in his memoir, “Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League.” (Courtesy photo)
Congressman Darrell Issa speaks to constituents during a town hall meeting on March 11, 2017, at the Junior Seau Beach Community Center in Oceanside, Calif. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

H-1B visa reform: Issa bill worth considering

The H-1B visa program needs reform. The H-1B visa program is essential…

Congressman Darrell Issa speaks to constituents during a town hall meeting on March 11, 2017, at the Junior Seau Beach Community Center in Oceanside, Calif. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Diversity is a buzzword that’s as alienating as it is including. (Courtesy photo)

Diversity as a correctional tool

When 29-year-old terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov drove his rental truck along a…

Diversity is a buzzword that’s as alienating as it is including. (Courtesy photo)