“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.

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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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.”

Citizenship For Adopted Immigrant Children

Immigration law is one of the most complex areas of law. For instance, what are the rights of adopted children to become U.S. citizens?

Hint: it is not automatic.

Recently, the case of Anne Kim brought national attention to the issue.

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Immigrants And Gender Roles: Assimilation Vs. Culture

How much does an immigrant’s source country affect their adjustment to American life? What role does assimilation play in that adjustment? Do differences between immigrants and the native-born population carry over to the second generation in labor supply, education and fertility, or do second generation women fully assimilate to native patterns?

Immigrants And Gender Study

These are questions addressed in a new study, Immigrants and Gender Roles: Assimilation vs. Culture,” authored by Francine D. Blau in the IZA Journal of Migration.

The study was recently explored in a special PBS News Hour report: How Do Gender Roles In An Immigrant’s Home Country Affect The Female Labor Force Here?

The American Families United Act

Currently, a petition to pass H.R. 2095 – known as the The American Families United Act – needs 25 more signatures to reach its goal of 100,000 by March 21, 2016. Join me and 99,974 others in adding your name to the petition.

Help Pass H.R. 2095 – The American Families United Act

During the 113th Congress, H.R.3431 The American Families United Act was proposed and it died after it never progressed from a bill into a law to change the current immigration INA. It has been reintroduced during the 114th Congress now as H.R. 2095 and since June 2015 sits in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

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Understanding The Central American Crisis: Why They Are Fleeing And How U.S. Policies Are Failing To Deter Them

The American Immigration Council has released a special report entitled “Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis: Why They are Fleeing and How U.S. Policies are Failing to Deter Them.”

The report examines why the Obama Administration’s aggressive deterrence strategy towards potential migrants—including a media campaign launched in Central America highlighting the risks involved with migration – is not working.

The report is authored by Jonathan T. Hiskey, Ph.D., Abby Córdova, Ph.D., Diana Orcés, Ph.D. and Mary Fran Malone, Ph.D.

You can find the report here: Understanding The Central American Crisis: Why They Are Fleeing And How U.S. Policies Are Failing To Deter Them

The Second Cooler

The Second Cooler is a documentary about illegal migration shot primarily in Alabama, Arizona, and in northern and central Mexico.

The documentary’s producer, Ellin Jimmerson, seeks to bring migration issues into clearer focus for the American public.

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