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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.

Study: Immigrants Put Billions More Into Medicare Than They Use

Study: Immigrants Put Billions More Into Medicare Than They Use

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 30 2013, 11:30AM

New research finds that immigrant communities keep federal health care programs afloat. The data strikes a heavy blow to conservatives who say the U.S. can’t afford immigration reform.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Appeal Racial Profiling Decision

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Will Appeal Racial Profiling Decision

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 29 2013, 2:32PM

Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that he and his deputies engage in illegal racial profiling.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Federal Judge Rules Sheriff Arpaio Guilty of Racial Profiling

Federal Judge Rules Sheriff Arpaio Guilty of Racial Profiling

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 28 2013, 9:45AM

A federal court ruled on Friday that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies violated the civil and constitutional rights of Phoenix Latinos.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, /NOW

Deported Parents Who Return Found Dead In Desert or Locked Up In Prison

Deported Parents Who Return Found Dead In Desert or Locked Up In Prison

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 22 2013, 11:00AM

As Congress considers immigration reform, hundreds of thousands of deportees are waiting to see if the bill will allow them to return. In the meantime, thousands of returning deportees are dying in the desert or ending up in federal prison.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Immigration Bill Leaps Forward, Heads to Full Senate

Immigration Bill Leaps Forward, Heads to Full Senate

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 22 2013, 7:15AM

The Judiciary Committee passed the bill without rights for LGBT couples, and with new visa provisions tech companies had demanded over labor’s opposition.

Topics: Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

New Revelations About NYPD's Muslim Spying Program

New Revelations About NYPD’s Muslim Spying Program

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 21 2013, 10:35AM

An NYPD informant who was part of the city’s Muslim spying program says the police told him to use a tactic called “create and capture” to start and record conversations about terrorism.

Topics: National Security, /NOW

Senators Add Protection for Detainees to Immigration Bill

Senators Add Protection for Detainees to Immigration Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 21 2013, 8:40AM

The Judiciary Committee started a long week of immigration reform markup with a series of amendments to protect the rights of detained and deported immigrants.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Homeowners to Eric Holder: Hold Banks Accountable

Homeowners to Eric Holder: Hold Banks Accountable

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 20 2013, 3:46PM

Protests outside the Justice Department are demanding prosecutions of banks responsible for the foreclosure crisis.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Harvard Students Demand Investigation Into Heritage Researcher's Immigrant IQ Dissertation

Harvard Students Demand Investigation Into Heritage Researcher’s Immigrant IQ Dissertation

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 20 2013, 10:35AM

Jason Richwine’s dissertation claiming that immigrants of color have low IQs discredited his Heritage Foundation research on immigration reform. Now, Harvard students are asking why the thesis was ever approved.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

New York Attorney General Investigates Fast Food Wage Theft

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 16 2013, 4:42PM

New York State’s attorney general is investigating claims of widespread wage violations by NYC’s fast food restaurants.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Milwaukee Becomes Fifth City Where Fast Food Workers Strike

Milwaukee Becomes Fifth City Where Fast Food Workers Strike

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 15 2013, 11:30AM

Hundreds fast food and retail workers are on strike in Milwaukee. The city was once a hub for black manufacturing jobs and now faces staggering racial disparities in employment.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Senate Amendment Limits Dangerous Deportation Practice

Senate Amendment Limits Dangerous Deportation Practice

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 15 2013, 9:50AM

The Senate Juditiary Committee agreed to amend the immigration reform bill to limit practices that send deportees to dangerous spots on the border and separate family members who migrate together.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Advocates To Obama: Stop Deporting Future Citizens

Advocates To Obama: Stop Deporting Future Citizens

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 13 2013, 1:32PM

Immigration reform advocates are calling on President Obama to stop deportations of people who would become eligible for a path to citizenship under the Senate immigration bill.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Detroit's Fast Food Workers Strike As National Trend Grows

Detroit’s Fast Food Workers Strike As National Trend Grows

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 10 2013, 5:55PM

Detroit became the fourth city in recent weeks where fast food restaurant workers went on strike to demand higher wages.

Topics: /NOW

Day One Of Immigration Amendments: Enforcement Is Never Enough For Republicans

Day One Of Immigration Amendments: Enforcement Is Never Enough For Republicans

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 10 2013, 9:54AM

As it’s amended the immigration reform bill will move to the right. How far is yet to be seen.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Latest To Go On Strike

St. Louis Fast Food Workers Latest To Go On Strike

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 9 2013, 11:50AM

Fast food workers in St. Louis went on strike today to demand raises and the right to organize. They join a national trend of low-wage and service sector workers demanding better jobs.

Topics: /NOW

Senate Battle Lines Drawn on Immigration Bill

Senate Battle Lines Drawn on Immigration Bill

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 8 2013, 11:15AM

Senators in the Judiciary Committee introduced hundreds of amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill yesterday. They could dramatically alter the bill.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

New York Times Recycles Same 'Racist Undertones' It Covers

New York Times Recycles Same ‘Racist Undertones’ It Covers

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2013, 3:15PM

The paper of record’s A1 story could have been about how public policy pushes workers of color to the margins. Instead, it’s about an imagined battle between blacks and Latinos.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Report: Latinos Scared To Report Crime Because of Local Immigration Enforcement

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2013, 2:36PM

A new poll finds that nearly half of Latinos and 70 percent of undocumented immigrants say they’re unlikely to call the cops if they’re the victim of a crime out of fear of immigration enforcement.

Topics: Immigration Reform, /NOW

Another Flat-Earth Argument About Immigration's Economic Drain

Another Flat-Earth Argument About Immigration’s Economic Drain

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2013, 9:00AM

The conservative think tank released a report yesterday to convince lawmakers that immigration reform costs too much. Its claims are mostly false, but they’ve worked before.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Immigration Reform