"If you know what ship a person came on, and the port they entered, you could probably figure out if they entered legally," said University of Pennsylvania political science professor Michael Jones-Correa, a researcher and writer on immigration. "But what legally meant was very different at the turn of the last century, compared to what it means now."
With President Trump’s revised travel ban set to take effect Thursday, the City of Philadelphia on Wednesday joined two dozen other cities in filing a brief that challenges the constitutionality of Trump’s executive action, which temporarily bars admission to the United States by of visitors from six majority-Muslim countries.
Michael Matza, an Inquirer staff writer since 1986, spent six years in Jerusalem as the paper’s Middle East bureau chief. He wrote extensively about the Arab-Israeli conflict and run-up to the Iraq War. He returned to Philadelphia in 2006 as the paper’s staff writer on immigration. His work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake included a vivid portrait of a woman whose arm had to be amputated, and follow-ups to her story. From Honduras in 2014 he wrote about San Pedro Sula, the city with the world’s highest homicide rate, and an orphanage with a strong connection to Philadelphia. In 2015 he authored a series from Cuba. In the 1990s, as the paper’s New England bureau chief, he covered the murders of abortion clinic workers in Boston, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the crash of TWA Flight 800. He is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.