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In which I spend a week in Manhattan’s immigration court, one of the busiest in the country.

Illustration by Sam Ward for Al Jazeera America

Illustration by Sam Ward for Al Jazeera America

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A few days before Obama announced his executive actions on immigration, Angela Navarro, an undocumented woman from Honduras, moved with her husband and two children into a North Philadelphia church. She was hoping ICE wouldn’t follow her there. Here’s my story for Al Jazeera America.

Angela Navarro and her daughter officially enter sanctuary at West Kensington Ministry in North Philadelphia on Tuesday. Photo by Michael Bryant for Al Jazeera America.

Angela Navarro and her daughter officially enter sanctuary at West Kensington Ministry in North Philadelphia on Tuesday. Photo by Michael Bryant for Al Jazeera America.

Nyi Nyi Aung was the person who got me interested in Burma in the first place. He’s a democracy activist who’s spent most of the past 25 years living in exile in Thailand and the U.S. He was arrested trying to enter Burma in 2009. I covered his trial and imprisonment, and met him for the first time a few days after he was released and returned to his home outside of Washington, D.C.

It was a bit surreal to, four years later, spend a day with him openly exploring Yangon, seeing spots important to the story of the 1988 uprising and talking about what’s happening in the country today. Here’s the article I wrote for Al Jazeera America about that day.

Nyi Nyi Aung outside of a childhood home in Yangon in July, 2013.

Nyi Nyi Aung outside of a childhood home in Yangon in July, 2013.