Monica Campbell is a former senior immigration editor and reporter at The World. She reported for The World from Mexico, Cuba, Portugal, Haiti and Afghanistan, as well as California.
Monica Campbell is a former senior editor/reporter at The World, who focused on immigration and immigrant life in the United States. She worked with a network of journalists based throughout the country, and elsewhere in the world, to uncover how shifting US demographics are changing everything from culture to politics.
Before joining The World, Campbell reported internationally from Latin America and the Caribbean from 2003 to 2009 and then again from 2015 to 2017. She has also reported Europe and Afghanistan. From her base in Mexico City, Campbell’s stories ranged from indigenous education along Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast and the investigation of civil war crimes in Guatemala to Mexico’s rising drug cartel-related violence and dissident poets in Cuba.
She also served as the Mexico representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
In 2010, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Campbell has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Jose State University.
Many Haitian migrants are having to start all over again, without anything back at home, while others are still trying to figure out how to reach the US.
Ever since the US entered Afghanistan, it has hired thousands of Afghan interpreters. Now, as the Taliban have taken over the country, many of these Afghans fear being left behind.
In all, people worldwide sent a total of $540 billion home last year, only dropping by 1.6% from 2019 — a smaller drop than during the 2009 global financial crash.
A bottleneck continues to build in Mexico near the US-Mexico border, as a public health order invoked by the Trump administration remains in place and shuts out many migrants and asylum-seekers from entering the United States.
Many refugees have already been vetted and approved for entry, but President Joe Biden has yet to make an official commitment to rebuilding the US refugee program.
Mohammad, an Afghan interpreter, cleared big hurdles to get a Special Immigrant Visa, which is available to Afghans who have assisted US missions. He was killed by the Taliban before his visa was approved.
On the campaign trail, candidate Joe Biden pledged to end the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" program on day one. But the president-elect has walked back that promise in recent weeks.
For those stranded, the stakes of the US presidential contest could not be higher. But policy reforms are likely to take months, at the earliest.
Notoriously weak labor regulations have kept farmworkers, many of them immigrants, breathing smoke from nearby wildfires as they work all along the West Coast. Many are afraid to speak up.
The situation at Primex Farms highlights the tightrope farmworkers must walk to protect their health and jobs while avoiding retaliation from their employers.
After spending almost his entire adult life in a cell, Chanthon Bun was released from prison July 1 and expected to be put in ICE custody for potential deportation. But ICE agents never showed up — and it may be due to a public campaign to keep immigrants out of ICE detention during the coronavirus pandemic.