Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 11:23am
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As an introvert, I have been in some way, shape or form preparing for this moment for my entire life. I had used Zoom before a few of my classes made the switch to virtual meetings on the platform, and I was no stranger to the virtual learning world. I used Google Hangouts before it was cool or necessary. I regularly swipe through videos on TikTok, which is apparently a quintessential Generation Z activity. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 12:56pm
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When I was an optimistic high school freshman, I tried out for the varsity swim team. Armed with Banana Boat sunscreen and a hideous two-piece bathing suit, I entered the pool woefully unaware of basic swimming technique yet determined to make varsity. Although I succeeded in making the team (too few girls tried out for the team at the tiny, all-girls Catholic school I attended for anyone to be turned away), I quickly realized swimming wasn’t my true calling. I’m certainly not an athlete.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 2:59pm
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When cousins Walter and Gaspar came to the United States fleeing gang violence and widespread corruption in El Salvador, their fate was a sadly familiar one for many applying for asylum. The two men’s applications were denied and they were deported back to El Salvador.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 3:13pm
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Poet Emma Lazarus’s words displayed on the Statue of Liberty will likely be remembered for decades to come. The text of her poem “The New Colossus,” which experts have praised for both its poise and defiance, ends with an iconic, powerful call to action: “ ‘Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’ ” 

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 10:34am
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If you’re driving in downtown Miami, Fla. by 333 South Miami Avenue, you'll likely spot Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials waiting patiently in vans parked by the city’s Immigration Court. In a city that was formerly known as a “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants, ICE agents now notoriously arrest immigrants who’ve had their citizenship or asylum applications denied the second they step outside the courthouse entrance.