Separated families won a second chance to seek asylum under an agreement in federal court, but lawyers say the government has backed off its pledge.
Patrick Michels is a former reporter for Reveal, covering immigration. His coverage focuses on immigration courts and legal access, privatization in immigration enforcement, and the government's care for unaccompanied children. He contributed to Reveal's award-winning project on indigenous land rights disputes created by oil pipelines. Previously, he was a staff writer at the Texas Observer, where his work included an investigation into corruption at the Department of Homeland Security and how the state's broken guardianship system allowed elder abuse to go unchecked. Michels was a Livingston Award finalist for his investigation into the deadly armored car industry. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where his work focused on government contractors grappling with trauma and injuries from their time in Iraq.
There was a plan to save this city from flooding. But when the rains came, so did hesitance
The Army Corps of Engineers’ delay in activating a floodway – land designated to take on water – cost millions in damage to Cairo, Illinois.
Flood thy neighbor
This week, we team up with ProPublica to investigate how rising waters have set off a race to build the highest levee.
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Flood thy neighbor: Who stays dry and who decides?
One Missouri town’s levee saga captures what’s wrong with America’s approach to controlling rivers.
Should development be extinguished on California’s fire-prone hills?
Sonoma County’s hillsides are particularly picturesque and expensive. Their history of fire and development is instructive because it is so typical.
Judge orders end to requiring director’s approval to release migrant kids
The Office of Refugee Resettlement can’t require its director’s signature before releasing children from secure facilities, a federal judge has ruled.
Government won’t release records on housing migrant children, so we sued
Reveal is suing the federal government for contracts and other documents related to shelters where immigrant children are housed.
Ripped apart: Families separated at the border
On this episode of Reveal, we untangle the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration crackdown.
Migrant children sent to shelters with histories of abuse allegations
Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion to private companies operating shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse.
Reveal answers your questions about immigration
We did a show about U.S. immigration policies, and listeners texted us hundreds of questions. This week, we answer your questions about immigration.