Jaya Padmanabhan

San Francisco residents who are between the ages of 28 and 32 are less likely to have been married than residents of Philadelphia or New York City. (Courtesy photo)

When it comes to marriage, SF lags behind other big cities

“I am still old and still in love with the man I…

San Francisco residents who are between the ages of 28 and 32 are less likely to have been married than residents of Philadelphia or New York City. (Courtesy photo)
Protesters in Portland, Oregon show support for the immigration community during a September 2017 rally. (Courtesy photo)

Homeless and undocumented: Different sides of the same coin

In his Pulitzer prize winning book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the…

Protesters in Portland, Oregon show support for the immigration community during a September 2017 rally. (Courtesy photo)
There's still room for improvement when it comes to voter turnout and voter registration in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The City earns a mixed report card for the midterm elections

The day after the 2018 midterm elections, my social media feeds and…

There's still room for improvement when it comes to voter turnout and voter registration in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Honduran migrants take a rest in the main plaza, after reaching the city of Pijijiapan, Mexico, on October 25, 2018, as the caravan of thousands continued toward the United States. (Miguel Juarez Lugo/Zuma Press/TNS)

Migrant caravan from Central America pressing forward despite all odds

As I watch and read about the caravan from Central America making…

Honduran migrants take a rest in the main plaza, after reaching the city of Pijijiapan, Mexico, on October 25, 2018, as the caravan of thousands continued toward the United States. (Miguel Juarez Lugo/Zuma Press/TNS)
The economy is booming and at the same time poverty is decimating lives.

Won’t you save me San Francisco?

There are often two conflicting stories that are equally true. We’ve all…

The economy is booming and at the same time poverty is decimating lives.
President Donald Trump (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Fear surrounds Trump’s proposed changes to benefits policy for immigrants

In the drive to lower immigration numbers, the Trump administration has come…

President Donald Trump (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
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)