The Army Corps of Engineers’ delay in activating a floodway – land designated to take on water – cost millions in damage to Cairo, Illinois.
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.
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.
Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion to private companies operating shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse.
Fraud in immigration law is an old problem. One man’s case illustrates one giant challenge: The scammed don’t know where to report it.
Nearly a year after record Midwestern floods caused $1.7 billion in damage, a secretive lobbying effort is underway to roll back flood regulations.
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