Daisy Contreras

Reporter and Editor

The World

Daisy was the lead editor for the CPB-funded project, “Every 30 Seconds” which explored the young Latino electorate in the United States.

Daisy was the lead editor for the CPB-funded project, “Every 30 Seconds” which explored the young Latino electorate in the United States.For several years, Daisy reported from both rural and urban Illinois, covering politics, business, the economy, education, the census, and how many of these issues intersect with immigrant life.She was also a part of the Chicago Reporter team that investigated how police misconduct cases are handled. Daisy, a fluent Spanish speaker, also earned a master’s in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois, Springfield.Daisy is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a member of the 50 Women in Journalism 2019 inaugural cohort, which is part of Take The Lead’s 50 Women Can Change the World Leadership Program.Daisy was born in Mexico City and grew up in Chicago. She is fluent in Spanish and wishes to learn another language.


A group of Haitian migrants says they were abused at the US-Mexico border. They’re suing the US govt.


They want the government to let them return to the US and request asylum. They also want someone to take responsibility for how they were treated at the border.

The office of the Culinary Workers Union is seen through a car window in Las Vegas, Nov. 9, 2020. The union represents 60,000 people, most of them immigrants, in the Las Vegas area who work in the hospitality industry. 

Undocumented people bring grassroots organizing skills to the labor movement

Cars head along FDR Drive next to the Manhattan skyline in New York

A New York proposal could allow noncitizens in the city to vote in elections

Workers are shown in the kitchen of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Tacoma, Washington, during a media tour, Sept. 10, 2019.

A federal jury ruled that a Washington state detention center owes detainees minimum wage

Migrants leave Huixtla, Chiapas state, Mexico, early Oct. 27, 2021, as they continue their trek north toward Mexico's northern states and the US border.

Thousands of migrants heading north to the US-Mexico border face a ‘collapsed’ asylum system, advocates say

Farmworkers, who declined to give their names, break up earth, July 1, 2021, near St. Paul, Oregon.

The US farmworker shortage spurs farmers to lobby for immigration reform


The pandemic has worsened a worker shortage, and more farms are applying to hire foreign workers.

A security guard stands guard behind fences around the US Embassy in Beijing on Sept. 6, 2021.

‘We all keep our lives on hold’: Thousands wait for diversity visas to go through amid pandemic, other delays 


The Trump administration stopped processing green card lottery visas. This year, the Biden administration restarted the program. But it hasn’t been a priority, immigration experts say.

An immigrant family joins members of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, CHIRLA, on a vehicle caravan rally to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), around MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, June 18, 2020.

Biden administration takes step to ‘bulletproof’ DACA


This past week, the Biden administration filed a DACA rule in the Federal Register. This step allows the public to submit comments about the program during a 60-day period, followed by a vetting process before it becomes a federal regulation. Advocates hope to see the rule expanded.

Farm workers wearing hats break up earth

Farmworkers who face extreme heat fear retaliation or deportation if they complain, says nurse

Human rights

Farmworkers are 35 times more likely to die from a heat-related death than other occupations. Roxana Chicas, a nurse and assistant professor at Emory University School of Nursing in Georgia, told The World’s host Marco Werman that more needs to be done to protect farmworkers’ rights.

A woman stands in silhouette against a blue sky.

Liberians hesitate to apply for permanent resident status in US over daunting process


Immigrant rights groups and attorneys are hoping for more outreach and education about the permanent residency program for Liberians.