Silvia Martelli is a graduate student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she writes about politics.

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Trump's Travel Ban Is Islamophobic, Xenophobic Policy, Civil Rights Groups Say

by Silvia Martelli 02-03-2020

FILE PHOTO: International travelers (reflected in a closed door) arrive at Logan Airport in Boston, Mass. June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump’s expansion of the travel ban to six additional countries has nothing to do with security reasons as the administration claimed and is rather built on Islamophobia and xenophobia, leaders of several civil rights groups said.

Conservatives on the Supreme Court Lean Toward DACA Repeal

by Silvia Martelli, by Sam Cabral 11-12-2019

Protesters gather at the Supreme Court demanding DACA protections Nov. 11, 2019. Photo by Candace Sanders / Sojourners

“Because of that program, I was able to buy a home, get a job and pursue a career,” Leezia Dhalla, who came to the U.S. with her family in 1996, at the age of six, said in an interview. Dhalla, who was among thousands of DACA supporters rallying outside the Supreme Court, said her family became undocumented because a lawyer mishandled their paperwork.