Colorlines

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.

Immigration Officials Still Can't Make Up Their Minds

Immigration Officials Still Can’t Make Up Their Minds

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 22 2010, 2:19PM

Officials keep telling different sides of the same story.

Topics: Immigration

The Real Election Story is in the States--and It's Not a Happy Tale

The Real Election Story is in the States—and It’s Not a Happy Tale

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 22 2010, 10:52AM

With budgets already in crisis, public programs face a bleak future.

Topics: Election: Now What?, Wisconsin

Introducing

Introducing “9500 Liberty”—and the Power of Language

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 18 2010, 12:17PM

Get this documentary, hold a watch party and share the lesson of why it’s crucial we all pledge to Drop the I-Word. Sign the pledge today!

Topics: Drop the I-Word

Another Dismal Record: 50 Million Went Hungry in 2009

Another Dismal Record: 50 Million Went Hungry in 2009

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 16 2010, 11:41AM

Food stamps helped significantly, but Congress is busy cutting funding for them.

Topics: Economy

DREAM Activists Stage Hunger Strike To Gain GOP Support

DREAM Activists Stage Hunger Strike To Gain GOP Support

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 15 2010, 4:15PM

In San Francisco, San Antonio, and on Capitol Hill, the stakes have gotten considerably higher.

Topics: DREAM Act, Immigration

Report: White Anxiety Fuels Anti-Immigrant Laws

Report: White Anxiety Fuels Anti-Immigrant Laws

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 12 2010, 2:47PM

Fresh evidence that fear of demographic change is at the core of the deepening attacks on immigrants.

Topics:

Former President Bush Sidesteps Park51 Debate

Former President Bush Sidesteps Park51 Debate

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 10 2010, 3:53PM

Says that today’s debate is driven by “a few loud voices.” But not his, of course.

Topics: Media, National Security

Arlington Officials End Fight Over Federal Deportation Program

Arlington Officials End Fight Over Federal Deportation Program

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 9 2010, 10:00AM

Meanwhile, federal officials continue to send mixed signals.

Topics: Immigration

Advocates Call Oklahoma's Sharia Law Ban Unconsitutional

Advocates Call Oklahoma’s Sharia Law Ban Unconsitutional

by Seth Freed Wessler on November 8 2010, 1:47PM

Because, you know, Islamic extremism in America’s Bible Belt is simply out of hand.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Advocates Push for Clarity on Federal Deportation Law

Advocates Push for Clarity on Federal Deportation Law

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 29 2010, 4:18PM

Can counties opt out of Secure Communities or not? Next week, they’ll know.

Topics: Immigration

NPR Investigation: Private Prison Companies Helped Write SB 1070

NPR Investigation: Private Prison Companies Helped Write SB 1070

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 28 2010, 1:00PM

Industry saw model bill to create “enhanced opportunities” for driving profits.

Topics: ALEC, Criminal Justice, Immigration

Ellison Responds as Tea Party Big Repeats Anti-Muslim Attack

Ellison Responds as Tea Party Big Repeats Anti-Muslim Attack

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 28 2010, 12:32PM

Tea party leader answers critics of his bigoted attack on Rep. Ellison with still more bigotry.

Topics: 2010 Elections

The Decisions We'll Pass to the Congress We Elect Next Week

The Decisions We’ll Pass to the Congress We Elect Next Week

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 27 2010, 4:25PM

An exhaustive tally of choices our new representatives will make for us when they get to Washington.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Tea Party Leader: Target Rep. Ellison Because He's Muslim

Tea Party Leader: Target Rep. Ellison Because He’s Muslim

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 26 2010, 2:08PM

Still more proof that it’s a racist organization (and the sky is blue).

Topics: 2010 Elections

Yup, the Tea Party's Racist, Study Finds (But It's Not Alone)

Yup, the Tea Party’s Racist, Study Finds (But It’s Not Alone)

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 26 2010, 10:54AM

Implicitly white supremacist politics are more ubiquitous now than they’ve been in a generation.

Topics: 2010 Elections

Feds Deport Immigrants for Meeting Civic Ideal Citizens Ignore

Feds Deport Immigrants for Meeting Civic Ideal Citizens Ignore

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 19 2010, 5:45PM

And conservatives latch onto it as belated proof of their long-standing claims of voter fraud.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration, Politics

Government Snoops Use Facebook. The Only Question is, for What?

Government Snoops Use Facebook. The Only Question is, for What?

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 19 2010, 10:47AM

A watchdog’s suit is jarring open the once hidden, unregulated world of online surveillance.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Next on Arizona's List? Revoke Birthright Citizenship

Next on Arizona’s List? Revoke Birthright Citizenship

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 18 2010, 1:10PM

State Senator Russell Pearce plans to introduce a new wacky bill in January.

Topics: Immigration

Advocates Prep for Next Round of Bruising Jobless Benefits Fight

Advocates Prep for Next Round of Bruising Jobless Benefits Fight

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 15 2010, 12:12PM

After lawmakers finish talking about unemployed on the stump, they’ve got just two weeks to help them.

Topics: Economy

Watchdogs Flag GOP and Tea Party Voter Suppression Tactics

Watchdogs Flag GOP and Tea Party Voter Suppression Tactics

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 15 2010, 10:54AM

Illinois GOP targets Chicago’s black neighborhoods.

Topics: 2010 Elections