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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.

Today's Love:

Today’s Love: “He’s My Little Brother. If He’s Happy, I’m Happy”

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 14 2010, 6:10PM

A Seattle boy who wanted to be a princess—and his family said, that’s cool.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Study: Single Moms Crushed by Recession

Study: Single Moms Crushed by Recession

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 14 2010, 4:22PM

The answers to the nation’s wealth gap are both in, and out, of Congress.

Topics:

Georgia Bans Undocumented Students From Public Universities

Georgia Bans Undocumented Students From Public Universities

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 14 2010, 9:00AM

It’s the third state to create rules barring undocumented students from higher education.

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

ICE Forces Counties to Join Controversial Deportation Program

ICE Forces Counties to Join Controversial Deportation Program

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 12 2010, 3:40PM

While the government forges ahead, activists are back at the drawing board.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration

Report: FBI's Paying For Bad Terrorism Information

Report: FBI’s Paying For Bad Terrorism Information

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 11 2010, 3:46PM

The federal government’s search for domestic terrorists continues to go haywire.

Topics: National Security

Deportation Horror: A Journey From Texas to Bangladesh Play

Deportation Horror: A Journey From Texas to Bangladesh

by Seth Freed Wessler, Brian Palmer on October 7 2010, 4:59PM

Shahed Hossain describes his harrowing ordeal to ColorLines videographer Brian Palmer.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 7 2010, 10:36AM

Shahed Hossain’s shocking story reveals why Obama will have to use his power to halt mass deportations for any reform to work.

Topics: Deportation, Immigration

Times Sq. Bomber's Life Sentence Condemns Conservative Ideology

Times Sq. Bomber’s Life Sentence Condemns Conservative Ideology

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 5 2010, 1:55PM

But the Shahzad case may be another lesson not learned.

Topics: National Security

Can Counties Choose Their Own Immigration Policies?

Can Counties Choose Their Own Immigration Policies?

by Seth Freed Wessler on October 4 2010, 6:20PM

When it comes to detention, the answer may be no.

Topics: Immigration

It's a Wrap -- Congress Lets Our Only Real Jobs Program Die

It’s a Wrap — Congress Lets Our Only Real Jobs Program Die

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 30 2010, 4:10PM

As Congress takes off for midterm elections, it seals the fate of the one real jobs program we had.

Topics: Economy

Yet Another Jobs Idea Fails in the Senate

Yet Another Jobs Idea Fails in the Senate

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 29 2010, 9:30AM

Senate Democrats can’t even pass a relatively conservative bill to stop outsourcing.

Topics: Economy

San Diego Cops Rail Against Student Raid Pamphlets

San Diego Cops Rail Against Student Raid Pamphlets

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 28 2010, 2:45PM

Police say the cartoons make them look bad, while students fight deportations.

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Georgia Considers Ban on Undocumented College Students

Georgia Considers Ban on Undocumented College Students

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 28 2010, 10:46AM

Critics complain that unauthorized students hog resources. Even if they’re less than two-tenths of a percentage of the population.

Topics: Immigration, Schools & Youth

Explaining the Democrats' Payroll Tax Holiday

Explaining the Democrats’ Payroll Tax Holiday

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 27 2010, 2:44PM

It’ll probably create more votes than it will jobs, but it’s a start.

Topics: Economy

Obama: I Won't Make Immigration Fixes Without Congress

Obama: I Won’t Make Immigration Fixes Without Congress

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 24 2010, 5:21PM

The president could act, but he won’t, he tells Telemundo.

Topics: Immigration

Concerns Loom as Health Care Reform Goes Into Effect

Concerns Loom as Health Care Reform Goes Into Effect

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 23 2010, 2:47PM

Advocates worry that millions of society’s most vulnerable still left out in the cold.

Topics: Health

Feds Probing Bias Against Mosques in Local Zoning

Feds Probing Bias Against Mosques in Local Zoning

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 22 2010, 1:47PM

Justice Department has opened at least eight investigations into land-use discrimination since May 2010.

Topics: Mosque Mania

Mexico's Birthday Blues: U.S. Border Security

Mexico’s Birthday Blues: U.S. Border Security

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 17 2010, 9:00AM

This summer, President Obama deployed 1,200 National Guard to patrol the border.

Topics: Global Affairs

Who's Really to Blame for the Country's Growing Deficit?

Who’s Really to Blame for the Country’s Growing Deficit?

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 16 2010, 5:08PM

More people than ever rely on some form of government benefits.

Topics: Economy

Rep. Keith Ellison Talks About Beating the

Rep. Keith Ellison Talks About Beating the “Anti-Islam Industry”

by Seth Freed Wessler on September 16 2010, 10:17AM

ColorLines speaks with Congress’ first Muslim member. “I urge people to come together to build some understanding,” Ellison says.

Topics: Mosque Mania, Politics