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Teresa Cotsirilos

Immigration reporter

Teresa previously worked as a reporter and host at KYUK, where she covered criminal justice, climate change and public health. Her work has appeared at the New York Times, Weekend Edition, The California Report, Alaska News Nightly and other publications. Prior to becoming a journalist, Teresa sold eyepatches at San Francisco’s 826 Valencia and taught sex education in rural Namibia.  Share news tips with her at immigration@kalw.org.

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The Bay Area is home to some of the most powerful tech companies in the world, and many of them provide essential services to government agencies.

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San Francisco and Santa Clara counties became the first in the nation last week to sue the Trump Administration over its controversial "public charge" rule. 

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The Trump Administration has announced a wave of harsh immigration policies this month, and civil rights groups are fighting back with lawsuits. One of these legal battles began Wednesday morning in San Francisco, where a case filed by the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant and other organizations could help determine the fate of thousands of asylum seekers.

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When we first interviewed Elizabeth Chan, she was standing in front of San Francisco’s immigration building, saying goodbye to her only son. She’s been fighting his deportation order ever since and told us how that fight has changed her.

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Last month, the Trump Administration argued before the Ninth Circuit that the government is not required to provide toothbrushes, soap or beds to the migrant children it detains. That argument was relentlessly criticized by the three-judge panel presiding over the case, and their comments quickly viral.

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Johana Medina Leon’s family says she left El Salvador out of fear for her physical safety. She died of pneumonia about a month after US immigration officials took her into custody. Her family claims Medina was repeatedly denied medical treatment, and a Bay Area attorney just filed a $20 million wrongful death claim on their behalf.

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Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to retain their sanctuary policy on Tuesday. South Bay officials were compelled to review the policy by a brutal murder earlier this year, which raised thorny questions about immigrants’ rights and public safety.

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Latino workers are more likely to die at work than anyone else, and immigrant workers can be particularly at risk.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement is targeting long-time residents with criminal convictions, most of whom have lived in the US since fleeing the Cambodian genocide as children.

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Becoming a citizen is taking longer and getting tougher, and in California, there aren’t enough legal aid attorneys to go around. Meet one group of Bay Area lawyers who are trying to bridge that gap.

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Last week, a New York judge blocked the Trump Administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Bay Area leaders are applauding that ruling. They say that asking about citizenship on the Census could have lasting consequences for California residents.