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Thang Lian

April is National Poetry Month. Thang Lian is a poet and a senior at East Kentwood High School near Grand Rapids. He recently won the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers’ Gold Key Regional Award for poetry. Beyond his writing, Lian is an active member of his community in raising awareness and funds for refugees and immigrants. 

Today on Stateside, after the Capitol insurrection on January 6, some immigrants are feeling unsettled by the kind of political instability they once fled. Plus, we’ll take a look at the role a UAW leader played in tying organized labor to a broader movement for civil rights. And, could COVID-19 sideline college basketball tournaments… again?

police in downtown detroit on May 31, 2020
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Today on Stateside, protests in Detroit over police brutality have been peaceful for weeks. That changed this past Sunday when police arrested protesters. Legal observers, there in a citizen oversight capacity, say they were assaulted by police. We'll hear from a legal observer who was there. Plus, a look at Michigan’s preparedness for the upcoming school year amid a profound decline in state revenue.

Michigan is one of 13 states challenging a new Trump Administration rule that sets restrictions on which legal immigrants are eligible to stay in the United States as permanent residents.

On October 15 of this year, immigrants will be refused a green card if they’ve used or appear likely to use government benefit programs such as subsidized housing, food stamps, or Medicaid.

A house for sale on the Detroit Land Bank's online auction site.
Detroit Land Bank Authority

Researchers say more immigrant homeowners could help stabilize neighborhoods in Detroit.

That's according to a study released Wednesday by the economic development initiative Global Detroit.

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The Ionia City Council is considering whether to approve the sale of a former correctional facility to a private prison company to use as an immigrant detention center. Immigration Centers of America made their pitch to Ionia's City Council Tuesday night.

detention center
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People from Michigan and a dozen other states are returning home Friday after traveling hundreds of miles to protest the Tornillo detention center in Texas.

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A group of Michigan faith leaders and others have arrived in El Paso, some driving more than 1700 miles from Ann Arbor, to protest what they call cruel immigration policies adopted by the Trump administration - especially the detention of unaccompanied migrant juveniles at the Tornillo Detention Center. 

Tracy Samilton

A man originally from Guinea has been given sanctuary by Quakers in Ann Arbor, after an immigration judge ordered him deported.

Mohamed Soumah has lived in the U.S. for 15 years.  In 2011, he was ordered deported after overstaying his visa, but Immigration and Customs officials say they weren't able to deport him because they couldn't  obtain a travel document from Guinea.

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On today's Stateside, you've probably seen pictures of plastic pollution in the ocean forming giant islands or entrapping sea animals. But what happens when plastic gets into the Great Lakes? Plus, a Michigan chaplain pushing for prison reform in the 1930s wanted to enrich inmates lives with art.