Jaya Padmanabhan

Five verbs to get us through 2017

I’m not a big believer in resolutions. Mostly, they’ve been a January…

What a Pew poll says about our views on undocumented immigrants

A Pew Research Center national poll, conducted in August 2016 among 2,010…

The cost of Deferred Action and cost of ending Deferred Action

Diana Wong, a 27-year-old San Francisco resident, came to America with her…

Modeled on Japanese internment, Muslim registry opens old wounds

Recently, I read Bay Area-born writer Julie Otsuko’s exquisitely framed novel, “The…

Stories of Refugees, Part IV: Out of Syria

Mohanad Hussein, his young wife, Hadeel, and their toddler Nusreen arrived in…

Stories of Refugees, Part III: Out of Syria

‘My mother is a very good cook,” 18-year-old Basima said, her smile…

Stories of Refugees, Part II: Out of Burma

The Burma-Karen conflict, one of the longest running civil wars in the…

Stories of Refugees, Part I: Out of Iraq

In the next few fortnights, this column will focus on stories of…

Green card holders: Become citizens and vote

The Portsmouth Square Club House, near Chinatown, was packed with Chinese immigrants…

Where’s your pen, Gov. Brown?

On Aug. 22, one of those deceptively cold San Francisco mornings, a…

Written in parenthesis

Late in July, I watched a disturbing and wrenching play called “The…

Leaving family on the other side of the border

A reader in San Francisco recently commented on how ironic it is…

Why aren’t more applying for deportation exemption?

The Supreme Court’s nondecision in June, which effectively blocked President Barack Obama’s…

America’s culture of acceptance and our color crisis

On a clear, crisp morning in June, I gathered along with 20…

Struggles shared by undocumented immigrants, homeless

On a single night in January 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing…

Green cards for the wealthy

If you have access to $500,000, it is possible to buy your…

Crime and Punishment: The Eddy Zheng story

‘A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad…

Sanctuary City: Welcome victims of crime

On KQED’s “Forum” program on May 9, hosted by Michael Krasny, San…

Why should we care about refugees?

"As people of faith, we wish to join our voices to speak…

Undocumented unaccompanied children face deportation court hearings

Judge Rebecca Jamil walked into Courtroom 11 at the Immigration Court in…