Jaya Padmanabhan

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…

Should we be willing to speak more languages?

“Good Morning, my name is Gregory. Would you like me to continue…

Border walls cause more human suffering

Haven’t we seen from European history what walls do and how they…

Skilled visa holders insecure about life in the US

"You can build your life where you choose to. The question is,…

Fear prevents green card holders from becoming citizens

The notion of a country inviting immigrants to become citizens is a…