Maria Sacchetti

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering immigrant communities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA in journalism; University of Texas at Austin, MA in Latin American studies

Maria Sacchetti covers immigration for The Washington Post. She previously reported for the Boston Globe, where her reporting led to the release of several immigrants from jail. She investigated the secrecy surrounding the U.S. immigration system and covered the deportation hearings of President Barack Obama's Kenyan relatives. She was a member of the Boston Globe staff that shared in the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Overseas, she covered the refugee crisis in Europe in 2015, the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and traveled to Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia and Ec
Latest from Maria Sacchetti

    How the House spending bill sets a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants

    The reconciliation bill would create the largest mass-legalization program for undocumented immigrants in U.S. history, but it falls well short of a path to U.S. citizenship.

    November 19, 2021

    Hispanic Democrats warn of the perils of dropping immigration proposals from Biden’s domestic spending bill

    Immigration advocates view the bill as the best chance to do something to show immigrant communities aligned with the party that their concerns are being taken seriously.

    November 2, 2021

    Biden administration is negotiating financial compensation for families separated at border by Trump

    Payouts could added up to hundreds of millions of dollars, according to people with knowledge of the talks.

    October 28, 2021

    Immigration arrests fell to lowest level in more than a decade during fiscal 2021, ICE data shows

    Biden administration officials say ICE is prioritizing serious criminals; arrest totals are half what they were during Trump years.

    October 26, 2021

    Border agents who made violent, lewd Facebook posts faced flawed disciplinary process at CBP, House investigation finds

    There were 60 agents who engaged in misconduct but only two were fired, far fewer than the Customs and Border Protection internal review recommended.

    October 25, 2021

    For the first Latino senator from California, citizenship for undocumented immigrants is personal

    The Senate parliamentarian has twice rejected his proposals, but Alex Padilla says “there are still options on the table.”

    October 25, 2021

    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is fully vaccinated, tests positive for coronavirus

    In a statement, the department said Mayorkas tested positive Tuesday morning after taking a test as part of “routine pre-travel protocols.”

    October 19, 2021

    Anger in U.S. Customs and Border Protection as Biden administration’s vaccine mandate looms

    The Border Patrol’s union has vowed to fight the mandate, despite a recent spike in deaths.

    October 8, 2021

    DHS issues new arrest and deportation guidelines to immigration agents

    The guidelines prioritize the deportation of immigrants who pose a threat to national security or public safety.

    September 30, 2021

    After immigration ruling, Democrats’ once-sweeping agenda continues to shrink

    As the House and Senate returned to session, many Democrats had a sense of foreboding about the weeks ahead.

    September 20, 2021