White House Honors 11 Immigrant Innovators

White House Honors 11 Immigrant Innovators

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer The White House has named 11 American inventors and entrepreneurs as Immigrant Innovator Champions of Change. “Immigrants have long made America more prosperous and innovative,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said in announcing the honors
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Boston Marathon Explosions – Three Dead, 130 Injured

The deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed at least three and injured more than 130 is believed to be an act of terrorism, senior White House officials told Fox News. People are dead and injured after two bombs went of to the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street (more...)

Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend Events in April 2013

Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend Events in April 2013

For more than 200 years, America has remained strong because of its diverse citizenship and the common civic values we share.  Pro Bono Citizenship Weekend is a national event convened by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and local partner organizations.  Eligible low income permanent residents (green card holders) (more...)

Immigration Reform Is Economic Imperative for U.S.

Immigration Reform Is Economic Imperative for U.S.

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama is calling for an immigration system that is smart, efficient and fair because it is central to his goal of promoting economic innovation and business development, says chief White House economic adviser Alan Krueger. No country does a better job integrating (more...)

Obama Administration Prods Congress on Immigration Reform

Obama Administration Prods Congress on Immigration Reform

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The Obama administration has laid out proposals to Congress to enable undocumented people in the United States to earn citizenship. “Currently there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants present in the United States,” Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said before the Senate Judiciary (more...)

Irish Immigrants in the United States

Irish Immigrants in the United States

By Kevin Kenny Irish immigrants had a rough start in the United States, stuck in urban poverty and taunted by some of their neighbors. They and their descendants overcame the obstacles and prevailed. Kevin Kenny is professor of history at Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts. In the century after (more...)

Immigration and U.S. History

Immigration and U.S. History

By Hasia Diner Tens of millions of immigrants over four centuries have made the United States what it is today. They came to make new lives and livelihoods in the New World; their hard work benefited themselves and their new home country. Hasia Diner is professor of history at
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American Voters Re-Elect President Obama

American Voters Re-Elect President Obama

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer After a closely divided American electorate gave him a second four-year term, President Obama called for unity and appealed to a shared hope for the country’s future. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney telephoned the president November 7 to concede defeat. After accepting the call, Obama (more...)

USCIS Selects Philadelphia Organizations to Promote Citizenship

USCIS Selects Philadelphia Organizations to Promote Citizenship

HIAS Pennsylvania has been selected to receive a grant from the United States Immigration and Citizenship Service’s Citizenship and Integration Grant Program to assist new Americans in the naturalization process.  A new initiative, the Philadelphia Citizenship Action Network (P-CAN) which includes HIAS Pennsylvania, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, New World Association (more...)

New U.S. Citizens Celebrate Constitution Day

New U.S. Citizens Celebrate Constitution Day

By Jane Morse
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Some 225 people representing 69 nations had two reasons to celebrate on September 17: They became U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. National Archives on a day that honors the U.S. Constitution and citizenship. They are among 32,000 people who will become (more...)

Immigrants Own Nearly One in Five US Small Businesses

Immigrants Own Nearly One in Five U.S. Small Businesses

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Immigrants own nearly one in five of the small businesses operated in the United States, according to a recent study. The study, the first of its kind, was conducted by the Fiscal Policy Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, research and education organization based in New York. Using (more...)

US Welcomes Refugees Urges Other Countries to Do The Same

U.S. Welcomes Refugees, Urges Other Countries to Do The Same

The United States resettled 56,000 refugees in 2011 in a partnership with many civic organizations around the country. Similar numbers are expected for resettlement in 2012, according to officials at the State Department as they highlighted the U.S. refugee policy in recognition of World Refugee Day (more...)

United States Will Stop Deporting Some Young Immigrants

United States Will Stop Deporting Some Young Immigrants

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced June 15 that, effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for (more...)

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Leach Hosts Group At State Capitol For Armenian Awareness Day

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today hosted students from Radnor’s Armenian Sisters Academy at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg for his Armenian Awareness Day, which included a dance performance, cultural exhibit and press conference. “I’d like to thank everyone who participated in and attended today’s event, especially (more...)

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Presidential Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month 2012

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Three hundred and fifty-eight years ago, a band of 23 Jewish refugees fled Recife, Brazil, beset by bigotry and oppression. For them, receding shores marked the end of another chapter of persecution for a people that had been (more...)

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