Manuel Madrid


Manuel Madrid is a writing fellow at The American Prospect.

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The fight to oust Puerto Rico’s governor electrified and unified an island normally splintered by politics. But can Puerto Ricans stay united to defend what’s left of the island’s autonomy? Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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A new ICE program may make it harder to keep immigrant families together. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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If the border is overflowing, as Trump insists, why are some facilities less than half full? Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Congress approved $20 billion last year to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017. Less than $14,000 has been spent on the island. Read more

Economic Policy


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Under Trump, prosecutions for white-collar crimes have reached an all-time low, while prosecutions for being an undocumented immigrant have soared. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Trump’s ICE crackdown is increasing support for access to driver’s licenses. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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The administration opposes extending food stamp funding for the islanders.  Read more

Economic Policy

The Atlanta-based rapper’s untimely run-in with immigration enforcement agents offers a window into the world of the tens of thousands of immigrants currently locked in ICE jails.  Read more

Civil Rights in America


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Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country, but Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-refugee stance has closed America’s door to them. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Proposed new Trump administration rules could keep low-income immigrants from applying for green cards or citizenship. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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The agency no longer recommends release for detainees with no criminal records, and refuses to release information about its shift to mandatory detention for all. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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An overdue reform agenda awaits investigations and hearings. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

In a number of counties, voters ousted elected officials who’d directed their police departments to aid ICE in its deportations.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Whether they’ll actually help their intended beneficiaries—poverty-stricken neighborhoods—is a lot less clear. Read more

Economic Policy


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The Republicans’ Florida senatorial nominee has one message in his Spanish-language ads and another in his English-language ones. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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At nearly every point on the economic spectrum, a new report documents, it helped whites more than people of color. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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The Trump administration's treatment of migrant children as potential criminals has meant lengthy incarcerations for thousands—and an unwelcome shift in mission for the government's children welfare specialists.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power



Washingtonians voted for an initiative raising wages. Their elected representatives just nullified that vote. Read more

Economic Policy


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A proposed Department of Homeland Security rule would make it more difficult for indigent people to obtain green cards. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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A new study shows that laws like D.C.’s Initiative 77 boost employees’ incomes and don’t cripple the restaurant industry.  Read more

Working in America