Astrid’s Recent Stories
Arts Jun 18Controversy over ‘In the Heights’ raises awareness of colorism and racial inequity
Colorism — or discrimination against darker-skinned people within their same ethnic group — lurks deep among pretty much all communities with varying levels of melanin. But it doesn’t get talked about, and that could be a setback for the racial…
World May 15Bleak futures fuel widespread protests by young Colombians
The young men and women have become the voices for Colombians fed up with a government they say has mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic and crushed hopes of a better future.
Nation Oct 02Study finds LGBTQ people much likelier to be crime victims
The study also found that sexual and gender minorities are burglarized at twice the rate of other households, and that they're more likely to be victims of other types of property theft.
Nation Sep 10Return of professional football renews fears over more virus spread
Fans tailgating outside the stadium where the Kansas City Chiefs play say precautions will keep them safe from the coronavirus as the NFL returns for the first time in months.
Politics Aug 18Ballot drop boxes seen as a way to bypass the post office
Such boxes have been used with success for several years in states like Oregon, Washington and Colorado that rely overwhelmingly or entirely on ballots that have to be sent in.
Nation Aug 14New border wall near rare wetlands refuge considered an ‘oasis’ endangered water supply
The San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1982 to protect the rare wetlands in the middle of the desert that are home to a variety of wildlife, considered an "oasis." The refuge itself is supposed to be protected…
Nation Jun 19Trump says he will renew effort to end DACA protections
President Trump says he will renew his administration’s effort to end legal protections for young immigrants after Supreme Court blocked the first try.
Nation Jun 16For immigrants, marching with Black Lives Matter has risks
Many immigrants feel solidarity with the Black Lives Movement and want to participate in ongoing national marches. But they face an added risk of ending up in immigration custody if they get arrested, even for protesting peacefully.
Nation Jun 11Watchdog says CBP misspent money meant for migrant care
A new report by a federal watchdog says the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency misspent millions of dollars meant for migrant care during the 2019 surge in border crossings.
Nation Jun 04Immigrants anxious as they await Supreme Court DACA decision
Many immigrants are feeling anxious as they wait to hear whether the U.S. Supreme Court will allow President Donald Trump to end the program that shields them from deportation.