As part of a series on young activists, we meet Maria Duenas Lopez, a first generation Mexican-American who advocates for immigrants. Side Effects Public Media’s Darian Benson interviewed her about the importance of an inclusive democracy. 

The upcoming census has sparked some concerns about the security of vulnerable populations, including immigrants. 

In Indiana, immigrants make up almost 5 percent of the population. And the state receives nearly $18 billion – more than $2,500 per person – in annual federal funding according to state data.

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A former Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo employee has been indicted on a federal wire fraud charge after allegedly defrauding immigrants she was supposed to be assisting.

Federal prosecutors contend that Monica Karina Mazei engaged in a scheme between 2015 and this year while assigned to help people apply for visas, work permits, permanent resident status and citizenship.

The Role Immigrants Play In Michigan's Population Increase

Apr 22, 2019

The U-S Census Bureau reports Michigan’s population increased between the summer of 2017 and the summer of 2018.

   The Bureau finds immigrants are responsible for about half of that growth.

   Immigration has become a hot button political issue – the U-S Supreme Court will consider this week whether citizenship should even be a question on Census surveys.

An overflow crowd  of 250  people worshipped together at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. James at the “Interfaith Service of Prayer for Compassion and Justice for Migrants, Immigrants, & Refugees.”

Lauren Nassau of South Bend, a member of the Temple Beth El synagogue explained why she came.