Texas Aims to Withdraw from US Refugee Resettlement Program

Texas gave notice on Wednesday that it was withdrawing from participating in the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement program, citing security concerns after failing in federal court to halt the inflow of Syrian refugees into the state. The Texas State Refugee
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Pope Presides Over Prayer Service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

When the motorcade stopped at the cathedral where throngs cheered and yelled greetings at the pontiff, who shook hands with people, and met with assembled New York brass as he made his way into the vast and grand cathedral that recently underwent a $177-million renovation. Three days into his historic first (more...)

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Family From Reuniting

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 24-Year Ohio Resident & Father of Two U.S. Citizens for Trying to Reunite with His Family US Attorney, David J. Hickton, Uses Limited Dept. Resources to Prosecute Non-Criminal Immigrant Father, Who’s Been Model Citizen for 20 Years Part of the Obama Administration’s “get tough” strategy (more...)

President Obama: Time to Pass Immigration Reform Bill

In his weekly address June 8, President Obama says that the United States Senate will soon take action to fix what the president has called “our broken immigration system” with a common-sense bill. The president urges the Senate to act quickly to pass this bill so (more...)

U.S. Agencies Cite Progress Against Human Trafficking

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Better coordination among U.S. federal government agencies is showing results in the struggle to end human trafficking, U.S. officials say. At the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, held at the White House May 17, Attorney (more...)

U.S. Remembers Raoul Wallenberg with Gold Medal

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden unveiled the design for the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony held May 9 in the Treasury’s historic Cash Room. The medal was authorized by Congress in recognition of Wallenberg’s achievements and heroic actions (more...)

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...)

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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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...)

A Taste of America: Pasties

When miners from Cornwall in Great Britain immigrated to the United States, they brought with them the pasty. Easy to pack and handle, a pasty encloses meat, potatoes and vegetables baked in a semicircular pastry. “Pasty” is an old English word for a meat pie baked without a
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Ukranian Man Sentenced for Human Trafficking Operation

Stepan Botsvynyuk, 38, a Ukrainian national, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a family-run human trafficking organization. Botsvynyuk and his brothers smuggled young Ukrainian immigrants into the United States and forced them to work for little or no pay. Stepan, Omelyan,
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Russian Mafia – a Convenient Stereotype?

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Pro Bono Citizenship Day Events In March 2012

For more than 200 years, America has remained strong because of its diverse citizenship and the common civic values we share.  On the Philadelphia area’s Pro Bono Citizenship Day, local attorneys will help lawful permanent residents achieve their American dream by applying for U.S. citizenship.  Co-sponsored (more...)

Nonimmigrant Visa Petition: Let’s Make It Easier Together

Dear friends, Perhaps you (or someone you know) faced this situation when you wanted to invite a relative to visit you in the U.S. for a short period of time only to find out that the travel visa was denied due to the fact that the current U.S. law stipulates that (more...)

Immigration Voices of Change in Southeastern Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia region’s lengthy immigration history has included an ever-changing flow of people from many regions of the world. The 2010 census demonstrated the powerful impact immigrants continue to have today, as Philadelphia’s population grew for the first time in 60 years. Yet despite the myriad contributions (more...)

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