Month: December 2014

Washington man transforms from migrant worker to business owner

There's been much discussion lately on both sides of immigration reform about how well foreign-born individuals can fare in and contribute to the U.S. economy. A story published by the Tri-City Herald tells the case of Richland, Washington, resident Joe Gonzalez, which proves immigrants can do good in America's economic climate. After Gonzalez's family immigrated to the U.S. from …

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Study: Minnesota immigrants make positive impact on economy

With immigration reform in the spotlight lately, there has been much debate across the nation about how immigrants affect the economy. Some may claim that such foreign-born residents drain funds; however, a study conducted in Minnesota shows that immigrants are actually making significant contributions to the state's economy. The Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition, in collaboration with the …

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Gaining U.S. citizenship from permanent resident status

Permanent residency allows immigrants the right to live and work in the U.S., but another big benefit is that, after a certain amount of time, this status may make one eligible for U.S. citizenship. The process, known as naturalization, comes with the right to vote, among other privileges. However, there are other requirements and steps …

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USCIS to staff up in light of Obama’s immigration reform decision

After President Barack Obama announced his executive decision regarding immigration reform – to temporarily protect some 5 million from deportation – undocumented immigrants across the country celebrated the historic success. Now that the news has settled in, it's time to start preparing for the increase in applications from those looking to defer deportation. According to …

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Immigrant families celebrate Obama’s Executive Action

After President Obama announced his executive decision to protect 5 million from deportation, immigration reform organizations across the nation celebrated this historic win, many sending letters of commendation to the president. But those most affected by the executive action – immigrant families – celebrated quietly at home, thankful to be able to stay together. NBC …

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