Integration

Michigan to Immigrants: You’re Welcome Here

Michigan to Immigrants: You’re Welcome Here

It is clear that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder understands that immigration can be a potent boost to his state’s economy. It’s also an important component of economic revitalization for a city such as Detroit. Improving the nation’s broken immigration system could have enormous economic benefits for Michigan and states across the country, so Snyder joined [...]

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Why 2013 Was the Year of Positive State Immigration Measures

Why 2013 Was the Year of Positive State Immigration Measures

States took the lead on immigration reform in 2013, and compared to previous years, the majority  were positive measures to help integrate and improve the day-to-day lives of immigrants in their respective states. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 2013 Immigration Report, 45 states passed 184 immigration-related laws in 2013 and adopted [...]

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Driving Growth in America’s Heartland

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Driving Growth in America’s Heartland

When Jordi Carbonell, originally from Spain, and his wife Melissa Fernandez opened their Cafe Con Leche coffee shop several years ago in southwest Detroit, the couple founded their business on the idea that the neighborhood needed a central gathering place to create a strong community. Today, the bustling cafe is integral to life of the [...]

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State Lawmakers Push for Reforms to Make College Affordable for Young Immigrants

State Lawmakers Push for Reforms to Make College Affordable for Young Immigrants

The movement for in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants got off to a quick start in 2014 when Virginia state Del. Alfonso H. Lopez (D) introduced the Virginia Tuition Equality Act. This is the third time Lopez has attempted to pass the bill, which would permit undocumented residents to pay in- state tuition rates. During the [...]

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California Court Rules Undocumented Immigrant Can Be a Licensed Attorney

California Court Rules Undocumented Immigrant Can Be a Licensed Attorney

The California Supreme Court ruled last week that Sergio Garcia, a Mexican undocumented immigrant who has spent more than 17 years living in the U.S., should be licensed to practice law in the state of California. In the unanimous decision, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote it is “extremely unlikely” that Garcia would be deported [...]

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D.C. Follows 11 Other States Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Drive Legally

D.C. Follows 11 Other States Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Drive Legally

As House leaders delay on passing immigration reform that would help millions of immigrants already in the U.S., Washington, D.C., officials are taking steps to improve the lives of undocumented immigrants who call the city home. Last week the D.C. Council passed a bill, written by Council member Mary Cheh, which allows undocumented residents to [...]

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Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

Understanding DACA’s Education Requirement

When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was first announced, it was clear that individuals would have to meet some sort of education requirement in order to obtain the program’s many benefits, including a two-year renewable reprieve from deportation, work authorization, a social security number, and—in nearly every state—the chance to apply for [...]

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Record Number of International Students Add $24 billion to U.S. Economy

Written by on November 12, 2013 in Economics, Employment, Integration, Students with 1 Comment
Record Number of International Students Add $24 billion to U.S. Economy

A record number of international students studying in the U.S. contributed billions to the U.S. economy during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to an economic analysis by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Over the academic year, international students and their families support 313,000 jobs and contributed $24 billion to the U.S. economy. The NAFSA report [...]

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Remembering the Contributions of Immigrant Soldiers this Veterans Day

Written by on November 8, 2013 in Integration, Military, National Legislation, USCIS with 3 Comments
Remembering the Contributions of Immigrant Soldiers this Veterans Day

Immigrants fill every imaginable role in U.S. society. They are found in every profession, from farmworker to brain surgeon. They are the owners of small neighborhood bodegas and the C.E.O.s of high-tech transnational corporations. They represent their communities in town councils and in the U.S. Congress. And, not surprisingly, they are also found throughout the [...]

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How Immigrants on a Pathway to Citizenship can Revitalize Rust Belt Cities

How Immigrants on a Pathway to Citizenship can Revitalize Rust Belt Cities

Like Rust Belt cities such as Baltimore and Detroit, rural towns across America have experienced population declines in recent decades. Some places, however, are an exception to that trend thanks in part to the arrival of immigrants. For example, while other Iowa towns experienced population decline over the past several decades, West Liberty’s population grew [...]

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