Jaya Padmanabhan

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)
Susan Page prepares to speak at an event for Google. (Photo courtesy Susan Page)

SF woman uses own struggles to advocate for well-being of youth

For years, San Francisco resident Susan Page couldn’t explain the overwhelming sadness…

Susan Page prepares to speak at an event for Google. (Photo courtesy Susan Page)
U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence look on during a meeting with Congressional leadership including House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Charles Schumer in the Oval Office of the White House on Dec. 7. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Spending bill must include DACA compromise

On Nov. 28, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence look on during a meeting with Congressional leadership including House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Charles Schumer in the Oval Office of the White House on Dec. 7. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
A new study by TransferWise concluded San Francisco is the friendliest city in the United States for immigrants, but new immigrants in California are opting to settle elsewhere. (Courtesy TransferWise)

San Francisco: The best US city for immigrants?

Among 50 of the most populous cities in the United States, San…

A new study by TransferWise concluded San Francisco is the friendliest city in the United States for immigrants, but new immigrants in California are opting to settle elsewhere. (Courtesy TransferWise)
From left, Jorge Vieto of the GLIDE Foundation, Terrance Wilder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Tapakorn Prasertsith of API Wellness and Jorge Zepeda of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation participate in a panel discussion on how to close the information gap on PrEP in underserved communities. (Jaya Padmanabhan/Special to S.F. Examiner)

PrEP campaigns must include youth, communities of color

The Department of Public Health has launched an ambitious campaign called Getting…

From left, Jorge Vieto of the GLIDE Foundation, Terrance Wilder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Tapakorn Prasertsith of API Wellness and Jorge Zepeda of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation participate in a panel discussion on how to close the information gap on PrEP in underserved communities. (Jaya Padmanabhan/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Since the EB-5 visa program was established in 1990, China has consistently dominated the EB-5 narrative. (Courtesy graphic)

Job-creating EB-5 visa program sees numbers decline

On Sept. 8, the EB-5 Regional Center visa program was extended by…

Since the EB-5 visa program was established in 1990, China has consistently dominated the EB-5 narrative. (Courtesy graphic)
Aileen Suzara, right, smiles during the La Cocina Street Food Festival. The annual gathering showcases local food entrepreneurs — including the proprietor of Mixiote, whose menu and dishes are pictured — and helps them transition into formal business settings. (All: Jaya Padmanabhan/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bay Area melting pot comprised of exotic tastes

The sky was Maya blue with streaks of white. People were milling…

Aileen Suzara, right, smiles during the La Cocina Street Food Festival. The annual gathering showcases local food entrepreneurs — including the proprietor of Mixiote, whose menu and dishes are pictured — and helps them transition into formal business settings. (All: Jaya Padmanabhan/Special to S.F. Examiner)
President Donald Trump said Sunday on Fox he expects lawmakers to turn around new tax legislation quicker than they had forecasted.

Ban and register firearm stockpilers, not Muslims

During his first week in office, President Donald Trump directed the Justice…

President Donald Trump said Sunday on Fox he expects lawmakers to turn around new tax legislation quicker than they had forecasted.
Luis Quiroz came to the United States when he was 6 months old and moved to The City to attend San Francisco State University. (Courtesy photo)

Dreamer finds support, sanctuary in San Francisco

Now that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is in the…

Luis Quiroz came to the United States when he was 6 months old and moved to The City to attend San Francisco State University. (Courtesy photo)
Demonstrators carry signs through the crowd during a rally held outside the San Francisco Federal Building on Tuesday in opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

America’s moral verdict on ending DACA

It’s been more than five years since President Barack Obama created the…

Demonstrators carry signs through the crowd during a rally held outside the San Francisco Federal Building on Tuesday in opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Any cuts to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act will extract a cascading toll on the status and stability of our lives. (Dreamstime/Tribune News Service)

Cuts to Medicaid will be felt most by children

Despite the failure of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable…

Any cuts to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act will extract a cascading toll on the status and stability of our lives. (Dreamstime/Tribune News Service)
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., alongside Sen. Tom Cotton during an announcement on the introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act on Aug. 2, 2017 in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Zach Gibson/Pool/Sipa USA/TNS)

The RAISE Act, an immigration bill that drags us down

Immigration reform is on our lips, yet no coherent idea is taking…

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., alongside Sen. Tom Cotton during an announcement on the introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act on Aug. 2, 2017 in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Zach Gibson/Pool/Sipa USA/TNS)
Laura Gomez is CEO of Atipica. (Courtesy photo)
Laura Gomez is CEO of Atipica. (Courtesy photo)
A Syrian refugee camp is seen in Sanliurfa, Turkey, in March 2015. The number of refugees entering the United States has steadily declined over the past two years. (Courtesy photo)

Is America hand-picking the best refugees?

From January to May this year, San Francisco County didn’t see a…

A Syrian refugee camp is seen in Sanliurfa, Turkey, in March 2015. The number of refugees entering the United States has steadily declined over the past two years. (Courtesy photo)
Anita Nambasa shared her story of coming to the United States at the San Francisco LGBT Center on June 16. (Jaya Padmanabhan/Special to S.F. Examiner)

LGBT refugee recounts escape from Uganda

‘My name is Anita Nambasa, and I’m from Uganda,” she said, her…

Anita Nambasa shared her story of coming to the United States at the San Francisco LGBT Center on June 16. (Jaya Padmanabhan/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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EB-5 visas: More skin in the game?

The EB-5 program has been extended through Sept. 30, 2017, in the…

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