Seth Freed Wessler
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.
by Seth Freed Wessler on May 2 2013, 12:39PM
A new report from the Justice Department reveals that federal prison authorities give no serious consideration to releasing dying prisoners even though the releases are legal. The report recommends expanding the compassionate release program.
by Seth Freed Wessler on May 1 2013, 5:16PM
Some of the country’s biggest temp agencies and high profile companies regularly delegate hiring and employment services to a network of underground labor brokers that charge workers obligatory fees for rides to their jobs and to cash checks. The fees…
by Seth Freed Wessler on May 1 2013, 2:11PM
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently started a group to back immigration reform. But his real goal may be to secure a source of low-wage workers for businesses like his.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 25 2013, 8:50AM
Everybody wants to know whether and how the Tsarnaev’s religious views radicalized them. But is that even the right question? And what are its implications?
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 23 2013, 3:05PM
The immigration bill introduced by a group of Senators last week was the subject of a third Judiciary Committee hearing today where the outlines of the hard policy fight ahead came squarely into view.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 22 2013, 4:01PM
Anti-immigration leader Kris Kobach argued for “self deportation” today at a Senate committee hearing but Sen. Dick Durban shut him down.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 19 2013, 2:24PM
The Gang of Eight Senate immigration bill would take small but important steps to reform the immigration detention system.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 19 2013, 11:34AM
Senate Republicans begin to speculate about whether Boston attacks should shape the immigration reform effort.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 18 2013, 3:53PM
The Senate immigration bill includes small but important checks on racial profiling by immigration agents.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 18 2013, 11:57AM
That’s a long wait for a disproportionately poor population—that will continue paying taxes for benefits they can’t access.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 18 2013, 9:50AM
The Gang of Eight immigration reform bill will expand criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing over the border. Many of those prosecuted are held in private prisons.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 18 2013, 8:58AM
Colorlines’ Seth Freed Wessler is plowing through all 844 pages. Here’s the big picture thus far.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 17 2013, 3:10PM
The Gang of Eight immigration bill will cut whole categories of visas for siblings and will do away with the Diversity Lottery that many African immigrants rely on.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 17 2013, 1:20PM
The immigration reform bill from the Senate excludes gay and lesbian couples from petitioning for non-citizen partners.
by Seth Freed Wessler on April 17 2013, 12:45PM
The Gang of Eight bill will bar people with gang affiliations and many criminal offenses from a path to citizenship and does nothing to change the “aggravated felony” laws.