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To Accomplish Great Things We Must Not Act, But Also Dream; Not Only Plan, But Also Believe

“To Accomplish Great Things We Must Not Act, But Also Dream; Not Only Plan, But Also Believe.” – Anatole France

“Born In The U.S., Raised In China: ‘Satellite Babies’ Have A Hard Time Coming Home”
by National Public Radio

“Satellite babies” are the subjects of a new research project focusing on Chinese immigrants in the Boston area.

Like satellites in space, these children leave from and return to the same spot. They normally return to the U.S. in time for school.

Coordinated by Cindy Liu, a psychologist at Harvard University, points out that no one knows exactly how many Chinese immigrant families send their babies to be raised by family in China. Liu’s goal is to determine the long-term impacts of the experience on both children and parents.

According to researchers, similar arrangements among immigrant communities from South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

DACA Toolkit Published

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DACA 1 is still alive. Many individuals, who have not applied, remain eligible – despite all the news about the death of DACA 2.

To assist them, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) has published a new “toolkit”.

The first-of-its-kind toolkit provides guidance and forms to help applicants obtain records required to apply for benefits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Under DACA 1, undocumented youths who were born after 1981, came to the United States before age 16, and remained in the country since 2007, are eligible to receive relief from potential removal, work authorization, and a Social Security card.

Tackling The Global Refugee Crisis: From Shirking To Sharing Responsibility

A new report by Amnesty International, “Tackling The Global Refugee Crisis: From Shirking To Sharing Responsibility,” reveals over 50% of the world’s refugees live in just 10 countries.

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Calling this an “inherently unsustainable” situation, the Amnesty International report seeks to enlist the support of nations with greater capacity for helping migrants without a home.

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“Who Is A Good Immigrant, Anyway?”
by National Public Radio

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Like all individuals, immigrants are neither perfect nor infallible. But where is, and where should, the line be drawn regarding which immigrants are classified as being “good” vis-a-vis classified as being “bad”.

The topic has been festering beneath the surface for a long time. In this year’s presidential campaign, rhetoric has made it an open topic for discussion.

This podcast discusses interesting questions on how past and present immigration policies have influenced such classifications.

Black Immigrants In The United States

A new report, The State of Black Immigrants, sheds light on the unique challenges facing the nearly 3.5 million immigrants in the U.S. from Africa, the Caribbean, Afro-Latino countries, and elsewhere, due in large part to their race.

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The report, a joint project, was authored by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration in conjunction with New York University Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.

Key findings include:

  • The number of undocumented Black immigrants in the U.S. increased by nearly 50% from 389,000 in 2000 to 602,000 in 2013
      • Nearly 1 in 5 Black immigrants live below the poverty line
          • Black immigrants have the highest unemployment rates among all immigrant groups
          • More than one out of every five non-citizens facing deportation on criminal grounds before the Executive Office of Immigration Review is Black
          • Black immigrants are more likely to be detained for criminal convictions than the immigrant population overall

New Category For Individuals From The Middle East And North Africa Proposed For 2020 Census

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The Obama Administration has recommended adding a new racial category to the 2020 Census for individuals from the Middle East and North Africa.

Broadening the categories of racial and ethnic identity for purposes of ensuring an accurate snapshot of America is long overdue but likely to stir public controversy.

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Temporary Protected Status For Guinea, Liberia, And Sierra Leone To End May 21, 2017

The United States Department of Homeland Security has announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) benefits for beneficiaries from the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will be terminated May 21, 2017.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson noted the widespread transmission of the Ebola virus in the three countries, which led to the TPS designation, has ended.

For more information >>> DHS Press Release On Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone TPS