immigration

Threat of government shutdown looms; puts workers at risk again

Threat of government shutdown looms; puts workers at risk again

02/14/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor As federal workers began to recover from the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, a threat loomed still overhead: Would the government remain open for business, allowing funding for countless federal programs to continue flowing, or would it shut down once again if a deal wasn’t struck by […]

As debate surrounds Trump’s wall, immigrants remain vilified

As debate surrounds Trump’s wall, immigrants remain vilified

01/19/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor Above all else, America is, has been and will always be a nation made up of immigrants. Is that a controversial statement? Well, it shouldn’t be. Every white citizen in the U.S. today is an American because somewhere in their family’s lineage, someone was not. Be it a […]

A year in review: Tragedy, politics and progress define 2018

A year in review: Tragedy, politics and progress define 2018

01/17/2019 By Alyse Kaminski | Staff Columnist  I always feel anxious at the beginning of a new year. Who knows what I will remember 2019 for? Will it be a year of positivity and growth, or will it be daunting and discouraging? Although I cannot know what 2019 holds for me or anyone else, I […]

Becoming American series explores immigration challenges

Becoming American series explores immigration challenges

Olivia Donia | Staff Writer 11/08/18 In light of recent events both locally and nationally, Duquesne’s Liberal Arts department, in conjunction with the Gumberg Library and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, held screenings of Becoming American, a film program in six parts focusing on the challenges and impacts of immigration to the U.S. […]

Migrant caravan needs our support

Migrant caravan needs our support

10/25/2018 By Duke Staff Imagine leaving behind all you knew to trek over 1,000 mile to a place you’ve only ever heard of, where the leader actively despises you. This is the situation that several thousand Central American asylum seekers have found themselves in over the past three weeks. The U.S. government’s response has been […]

Trumpian politics continue to target LGBT+ community

Trumpian politics continue to target LGBT+ community

10/04/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor “Get married, or get out.” That’s the gist of a new Trump-era visa policy, which will target the same-sex partners of foreign diplomats of U.S.-based international organizations like the United Nations, according to TIME Magazine. As of Monday, Oct. 1, the administration limited its policy of issuing visas […]

A Shattered Cultural Mosaic

A Shattered Cultural Mosaic

Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor 06/20/2018 “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” These words, iconic and once defining of a nation, were penned by Emma Lazarus in 1883. Then, 20 years later, they were mounted on the Statue of Liberty as part of a poem called “The New […]

Trump’s regards to Africa is offensive to Spiritan tradition

Trump’s regards to Africa is offensive to Spiritan tradition

By Duke Staff 1/18/18 Last Thursday, Democrats and Republicans on the Hill met with the president to discuss and debate a new immigration bill. Evidently, the meeting turned sour, and our commander-in-chief said, shall we say, heated things about Africa and Haiti. It would be pointless to reproduce here what our president actually said, mostly […]

DACA deserves our protection

DACA deserves our protection

By: Duke Staff Families torn apart. People shipped off to places they don’t know or can hardly remember. These are the consequences of the recent announcement from the Trump administration to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigrant program. This cruel policy change is now a reality for 800,000 young DACA recipients who […]

Sexual assault larger than illegal immigrants

Sexual assault larger than illegal immigrants

By Rebekah Devorak | Opinions Editor  It is 2017, and rape is still not being taken seriously, even by people in the highest positions of power within the United States. On March 21, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer used a rape case at a Maryland high school to show why undocumented illegal immigrants are […]