“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

Immigration Hardship 1900-2000

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For almost 100 years after our country’s birth, immigration law was nearly non-existent.

Since that time, the world has changed dramatically.

So has the concept of hardship, one of the most important concepts in immigration defense law.

Brazilian Immigrants In The United States

Brazilian migration to the United States is the subject of a new study by the Migration Policy Institute.

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According to MPI, the amount of Brazilian immigrants arriving in the U.S. were relatively small until the early 1980s, caused by a series of economic crises in Brazil.

By the end of the 1980s, the Brazilian immigrant population had doubled. It nearly tripled in the 1990s. It tapered off during the recession years of 2007 – 2009.

As of 2014, 336,000 Brazilian immigrants lived in the United States, representing 1 percent of the 42.4 million immigrants in the country.

The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program (FWVP) was implemented on June 8, 2016. According to UCSIS Director Leon Rodriguez, the FWVP “honors the thousands of Filipinos who bravely enlisted to fight for the United States during World War II.”

Vietnamese Immigrants In The United States

The Migration Policy Institute has released a new report on the Vietnamese immigrant population in the United States.

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As the MPI study shows, large-scale Vietnamese migration to the United States started as an influx of refugees following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

Early refugees were part of the United States-sponsored evacuation, which consisted mainly of military personnel and urban, well-educated professionals associated with the U.S. military or the South Vietnamese government. A second wave of Vietnamese refugees, commonly known as “boat people,” arrived in the late 1970s. The majority of these arrivals came from rural areas and were often less educated.

At present, Vietnamese is the sixth largest immigrant group in the country.

The Long View: Descendants of North Dakota’s Early Muslim Settlers Put Immigration, Refugee Debates Into Perspective

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January 3, 2016

This article, written by Archie Ingersoll, shares the interesting, though little-known history of North Dakota’s early Lebanese and Syrian settlers.

Like other homesteaders in the early 1900s, Ingersoll explains, Lebanese settlers were drawn to North Dakota by the prospect of free land, which they learned about through word-of-mouth and through reports in Arabic-language newspapers.

America’s first convention of Syrian Clubs in Williston around 1918. Photo courtesy “Prairie Peddlers: The Syrian-Lebanese in North Dakota”

America’s first convention of Syrian Clubs in Williston around 1918. Photo courtesy “Prairie Peddlers: The Syrian-Lebanese in North Dakota”

Over time, about 2,000 settled throughout the state. Most of them were Christian, but about 400 were Muslim.

At the time, Lebanon was not an independent country. It was part of Syria, which was controlled by the Turkish Empire. Consequently, U.S. immigration records listed the settlers as Syrian.