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Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler
Seth Freed Wessler Investigative Reporter
New York, NY

Seth Freed Wessler is a reporter in New York who currently writes for Colorlines.com. Seth has reported from across the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean on immigration, the safety net, criminal justice, national security and the human fallout of the financial collapse. Seth led a groundbreaking investigation that revealed the thousands of U.S. citizen children stuck in foster care whose parents have been detained or deported by federal immigration authorities. The investigation, for which Seth won a Hillman Prize and other honors, Along with Seth's series of follow-up stories, led to a direct response from the federal government, as well as the passage of state-level legislation. Seth worked until 2012 as a researcher for the Applied Research Center, where he authored research reports on racial inequality and the financial collapse, segregation in the restaurant industry and the corrosive effects of immigration policies on child welfare systems. Seth often discusses his reporting in national broadcast, and his stories and investigations for Colorlines have been cited by outlets including the Associated Press, the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and NPR. He has produced stories for GOOD Magazine, the Texas Observer, NPR’s LatinoUSA, The Huffington Post, The Root and other outlets. In addition to the Hillman Prize, Seth was a finalist for a Casey Medal and has won several Ippies Awards. He was the recipient of a reporting fellowship from USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism. Check out Seth's media appearances here.

Seth tweets at @sethfw.

New York Suspends Participation in Embattled Secure Communities

New York Suspends Participation in Embattled Secure Communities

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 2 2011, 9:00AM

The move comes after months of pressure from advocates to get the governor to terminate the program.

Topics: Immigration

Report Documents Fake Terror Threats Concocted by FBI and NYPD

Report Documents Fake Terror Threats Concocted by FBI and NYPD

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 23 2011, 9:38AM

Study details three cases in which racially profiled young men were entrapped and convicted for roles in domestic terrorism plots that didn’t exist until cops created them.

Topics: National Security

How the Hunt for Bin Laden Made U.S. Muslims and Immigrants Threats

How the Hunt for Bin Laden Made U.S. Muslims and Immigrants Threats

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 4 2011, 10:07AM

The massive national security apparatus built in the wake of 9/11 reshaped life at our borders and in our communities.

Topics: National Security, Osama Bin Laden

A Year After SB 1070, the Deportation Pipeline Still Begins in Washington

A Year After SB 1070, the Deportation Pipeline Still Begins in Washington

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 25 2011, 10:52AM

From Arizona to Georgia, states are vying to make draconian policy. But the feds still set the rules that are deporting a record number of people.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration, SB 1070 Copycats

Welcome to the Wild, Wild South: Georgia Passes SB 1070 Copycat Bill

Welcome to the Wild, Wild South: Georgia Passes SB 1070 Copycat Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on April 15 2011, 1:23PM

All eyes now move to a small handful of other states where similar bills may still pass.

Topics: Immigration, SB 1070 Copycats

Arizona SB 1070 Copycats Fall Flat in Most State Legislatures Infographic

Arizona SB 1070 Copycats Fall Flat in Most State Legislatures

by Seth Freed Wessler on March 31 2011, 12:37PM

Nearly half of the bills have died, and many of the remaining are expected to fail as well. But all eyes are on Georgia as the potential next Arizona.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration, SB 1070 Copycats

Bills Modeled After Arizona's SB 1070 Spread Through States Infographic

Bills Modeled After Arizona’s SB 1070 Spread Through States

by Seth Freed Wessler on March 2 2011, 10:33AM

The copycat legislation is just the beginning, however. States have introduced a record number of anti-immigrant bills this year.

Topics: Immigration

U.S. Set to Resume Deportations to Haiti

U.S. Set to Resume Deportations to Haiti

by Seth Freed Wessler on January 14 2011, 11:30AM

And the situation’s worse for people with even minor criminal convictions.

Topics: Global Affairs, Haiti

Hostile State Battles Now Define Immigration Debate

Hostile State Battles Now Define Immigration Debate

by Seth Freed Wessler on January 6 2011, 11:11AM

Never mind Capitol Hill. The future of immigration in America may well be decided at the state and local level.

Topics: 14th Amendment, Immigration

Holder to Muslim Americans: There's No

Holder to Muslim Americans: There’s No “Entrapment” in FBI Stings

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 13 2010, 5:15PM

Yet, the number of people lured into terrorist plots and organizations by the FBI keeps growing.

Topics: National Security

Court Tells ICE to Stop

Court Tells ICE to Stop “Dragging Its Feet” on Document Release

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 13 2010, 11:20AM

Advocates await clarity on whether a controversial deportation program was crafted as mandatory or voluntary for localities.

Topics: Immigration

The Feds Are Cultivating Their Own

The Feds Are Cultivating Their Own “Homegrown Terrorists”

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 10 2010, 5:15PM

And they’re profiling American Muslims to do it.

Topics: National Security

Supreme Court Weighs Case That's Likely Precursor to SB 1070

Supreme Court Weighs Case That’s Likely Precursor to SB 1070

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 10 2010, 12:08PM

How justices rule on another Arizona law may signal fate for all state-level immigration enforcement challenges.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration

Gov. Paterson's Mixed Messages on New York Deportations

Gov. Paterson’s Mixed Messages on New York Deportations

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 8 2010, 11:41AM

His symbolic pardons point to the deportation dragnet’s problems, but at the same time he’s welcomed its expansion in his state.

Topics: Immigration

Report Shows How Far ICE Goes to Make Obama a Deportation Hawk

Report Shows How Far ICE Goes to Make Obama a Deportation Hawk

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 7 2010, 11:45AM

The agency bent the rules to drive up its numbers.

Topics: Immigration

Hunger-Strike DREAMers:

Hunger-Strike DREAMers: “Our Future Is On the Line”

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 1 2010, 5:56PM

As Texas stand-off intensifies, hunger strikes pop up in more states.

Topics: DREAM Act

D.C.'s Trading Games Leave Jobless Workers Out Infographic

D.C.’s Trading Games Leave Jobless Workers Out

by Seth Freed Wessler on December 1 2010, 12:30PM

While jobless workers wait for relief, the White House compromises away any hopes.

Topics: Economy

It's the Final Hour for Congress to Support Jobless Workers Infographic

It’s the Final Hour for Congress to Support Jobless Workers

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 29 2010, 9:58AM

With a cost-cutting GOP coming to town, this may be the last benefit extension for millions out of work.

Topics: Economy

Dozens of DREAMers Join Texas Hunger Strike

Dozens of DREAMers Join Texas Hunger Strike

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 24 2010, 11:00AM

Meanwhile, racial anxiety fuels GOP backlash.

Topics: DREAM Act

Deportation Hawks Target Green Card Lottery

Deportation Hawks Target Green Card Lottery

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 23 2010, 3:06PM

Now one of the only working immigration visa programs is under attack too.

Topics: Immigration