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Posada Promotes Call for Immigration Reform

Echoing customs originating in Mexico, the hosted its 10th Annual Posada for Immigration Reform conference in December with the idea of offering solidarity to refugees in need of shelter in today’s world. The event is particularly relevant, organizers say, as the topic of immigration is largely at center stage in contemporary political discussions. The “posada”– a …

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5 Observations About Undocumented Immigration

As the number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has stabilized in the last few years, the Pew Research Center explores some of the trends related to the settlement and influences of some 11.3 million people who make up the demographic. If President Obama’s November 2014 executive action for expanded deportation relief is …

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Texas Scrambles on Immigrant Shelters

Local officials and civic leaders in Texas and California are stepping up to a humanitarian call to aid Central American children who are crossing the border without parents or guardians. As the federal government plans shelters for the new, undocumented arrivals from afar, those who find themselves face-to-face with the immigrant minors on the ground …

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Princeton, NJ Joins City Leadership on Immigration

Demonstrating support for the city’s “sizable” undocumented population, Princeton, NJ Mayor Liz Lempert in early December signed on to a legal brief in support of President Obama’s 2014 executive actions around immigration reform. The brief, prepared for the U.S. Supreme Court, now includes signatures of representatives of Princeton and 84 other cities across the country. Cities …

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Mexican, Chinese and Indian nationals lead immigration numbers

Mexico, China and India lead the most current available immigration numbers among at least 3 million foreign nationals who were granted work permits, work visas, and green cards in 2013. According to reported numbers from a Congressional Research Service report, work permits in 2013– the latest data available— continued to be issued at record numbers. …

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Nepal TPS designation deadline approaches

After beginning initial registration over the summer, the deadline for eligible nationals of Nepal (and those who last habitually resided in Nepal) to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is fast approaching. The Nepal TPS designation runs from June 24, 2015 through Dec. 24, 2016. TPS designation is assigned by the Department of Homeland Security …

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“Emma” launches assist with USCIS self-help tools

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is continuing its focus on the development of self-help tools with the launch of “Emma,’ a virtual assistant now available on the USCIS home page. Emma, which will grow over time, is designed to enhance customer service. Specifically geared to handle general information, Emma streamlines information channels away from …

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North Carolina Reflects on Evolving Immigration Climate

With a population of 750,000 and a per capita spending contribution of $27,000, immigrants in North Carolina have made a significant impact on the state. But while the economics of the foreign-born segment adds significant fuel to the state, the rapid influx of the immigrant population—a growth of 551 percent between 1990 and 2013— also …

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USCIS Explains Refugee Screening

As Syria undergoes a mass population exodus, conversations about refugee status for those leaving the country almost inevitably include an association with increased global threats around terrorism. In addressing the concern, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has underscored its safety protocols with the publication of a fact sheet about refugee screening. While screening …

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Foundation focuses on local immigrant history

Starting with the settlement of Germans and Poles in the late 1800’s and extending to Hmong, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Filipino and other settlers through the 1990’s, a new nonprofit organization in southwest Missouri has dedicated itself to preserving its vibrant immigrant history. The Waldensian Foundation, an education and cultural organization, collects papers, photographs and digital media …

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