Germany welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms and two years later is still helping them integrate, pouring billions into aid. But Afghans and Iraqis are experiencing a different reality: The government wants them out. AJ+’s Dena Takruri visits Afghans at risk for deportation, speaks with the anti-immigrant AfD party and reunites with a Syrian refugee she met in 2015.
Europe’s borders have closed and a deal struck between the EU and Turkey in March 2016 has slowed the flow of refugees crossing the sea. Now, Greece is backlogged with 62,000 asylum applicants. AJ+’s Dena Takruri witnesses the limbo of Syrian asylum seekers in a Lesbos refugee camp and the efforts of Greeks still compelled to help those risking the dangerous journey.
We’ve all watched the horrifying footage of black men being killed by police while on the road. And black women violently arrested for minor driving infractions. We’ve seen the public reaction to police killings. But for black Americans, the story doesn’t end once the news cameras are gone. AJ+’s Dena Takruri set out to hear firsthand what it feels like to drive while black in America today.
President Trump has issued executive orders to aggressively find and remove undocumented immigrants. AJ+’s Dena Takruri traveled across the border to Mexico to see what the recently deported face on the other side.
President Trump has issued executive orders to aggressively find and remove undocumented immigrants. But immigration courts have a backlog of over half a million cases, which means some immigrants have been waiting years for their fate. AJ+’s Dena Takruri joined a woman on a prison visit to see her husband, who has been locked up for two years.
In the third part of the series, AJ+ correspondent Dena Takruri shares highlights from her experience reporting in Hawaii, from the Native Hawaiian fight for land to the movement for sovereignty from the U.S.
In 1893, armed U.S. naval forces helped American sugar plantation owners illegally overthrow Hawaii’s constitutional monarchy. One hundred years later, the U.S. apologized and admitted in a resolution that Native Hawaiians had never relinquished their claims to sovereignty. Today, many Native Hawaiians continue to yearn for independence. One activist, Bumpy Kanahele, has even created his own village as a model for Hawaiian sovereignty. AJ+’s Dena Takruri reports on the Hawaiian fight for sovereignty.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used a complicated legal framework in Hawaii called “quiet title” to sue ancestral land owners and force them to sell their lands. It was all to secure his private getaway on Kauai. After Native Hawaiians protested, using his own platform, he dropped the suits. But the damage is done, as AJ+’s Dena Takruri explored in this battle of land rights in paradise.
President Trump has appointed Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. The former head of Breitbart, Bannon has been a controversial pick and has been called a white supremacist. But what will he actually be doing as chief strategist?