Lack of access to the pop-up federal detention camp has frustrated town residents and alarmed advocates who question the conditions there.
Patrick Michels is a reporter for Reveal, covering immigration and disaster planning. His immigration coverage focuses on immigration courts and privatization in immigration enforcement. He contributed to Reveal's award-winning project on indigenous land rights disputes created by oil pipelines. Previously, he was a staff writer at the Texas Observer, where his work included an investigation into corruption at the Department of Homeland Security and how the state's broken guardianship system allowed elder abuse to go unchecked. Michels was a Livingston Award finalist for his investigation into the deadly armored car industry. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where his work focused on government contractors grappling with trauma and injuries from Iraq. Michels is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.
The government pays for migrant children’s lawyers. Challenge the government, and they can lose their funding
For most migrant children detained alone, the only lawyers they’ll see are being paid by the same agency that’s holding them.
Separated families won a second chance to seek asylum under an agreement in federal court, but lawyers say the government has backed off its pledge.
The Army Corps of Engineers’ delay in activating a floodway – land designated to take on water – cost millions in damage to Cairo, Illinois.
One Missouri town’s levee saga captures what’s wrong with America’s approach to controlling rivers.
Sonoma County’s hillsides are particularly picturesque and expensive. Their history of fire and development is instructive because it is so typical.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement can’t require its director’s signature before releasing children from secure facilities, a federal judge has ruled.
Reveal is suing the federal government for contracts and other documents related to shelters where immigrant children are housed.
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