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Ahmed Hashem is an Iraqi refugee who came to San Francisco in 1994. (Courtesy photo)

Stories of Refugees, Part I: Out of Iraq

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

 

Men and women who have passed their citizenship tests and become American citizens sit in the front row during a news conference for National Citizenship Day at the Portsmouth Square Club House. (Courtesy photo)

Green card holders: Become citizens and vote

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

 

New citizens of the United States of America are sworn in during a ceremony at the San Mateo library in June. (Jaya Padmanabhan/Special to S.F. Examiner)

America’s culture of acceptance and our color crisis

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

 

The redemption story of Eddy Zheng, a reformed convict who was arrested at 16 and spent nearly 20 years in prison, incidates that something is working in our society. (Courtesy photos)

Crime and Punishment: The Eddy Zheng story

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

The redemption story of Eddy Zheng, a reformed convict who was arrested at 16 and spent nearly 20 years in prison, incidates that something is working in our society. (Courtesy photos)
Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, left, and Supervisor John Avalos find themselves on opposing sides of the ongoing debate about San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city. (All: Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Sanctuary City: Welcome victims of crime

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

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, left, and Supervisor John Avalos find themselves on opposing sides of the ongoing debate about San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city. (All: Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Children gather outside a school tent set at a makeshift camp crowded by migrants and refugees at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, on May 2, 2016. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Why should we care about refugees?

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

Children gather outside a school tent set at a makeshift camp crowded by migrants and refugees at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, on May 2, 2016. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)
Protesters hold a demonstration in San Francisco demanding recognition for refugee children entering the United States on July 21, 2014. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Undocumented unaccompanied children face deportation court hearings

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

Protesters hold a demonstration in San Francisco demanding recognition for refugee children entering the United States on July 21, 2014. (Eric Risberg/AP)
The U.S. Naturalization Test — and all of the accompanying costs, can be daunting for immigrants (Eric Gay/2007 AP)

Fear prevents green card holders from becoming citizens

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

The U.S. Naturalization Test — and all of the accompanying costs, can be daunting for immigrants (Eric Gay/2007 AP)
Many undocumented immigrants are fearful to reach out to law enforcement to report crimes because they fear the threat of being deported. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Escape from battery

How often have we heard about our immigration system being broken? President…

Many undocumented immigrants are fearful to reach out to law enforcement to report crimes because they fear the threat of being deported. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)