- 6:13 pm - Fri, Jul 25, 2014
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Goodbye, America: A Frustrated Young College-Grad Immigrant Returns to Mexico
“I used to love this country, so I used to have a flag,” he says. “I always wanted to be an American, but things just didn’t work out.”
Jorge, age thirty-two, will leave Seattle in a few hours, bound for Mexico. He overstayed a tourist visa as a teenager and has lived in the country illegally since. But he’s grown tired of looking for opportunity. The landlord pats him on the shoulder and says “suerte”, good luck in Spanish.
He came here alone and lived with an uncle in the suburbs of Los Angeles during high school. His dad helped to pay for college in California, yet Jorge often worked full time to help cover his living expenses. He juggled jobs in fast food, construction, and at warehouses, and as result, it took him seven years to complete his degree in electrical engineering.
But it’s a degree that he still can’t use because of his illegal status.
Read about Jorge’s journey here: https://medium.com/@kuow/goodbye-america-f783540919a2
- 5:28 pm - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
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Debunking Myths About Child Migrants from Central America
(Originally published by publicnewsservice)
The seemingly sudden, mass migration of thousands of Central American women and children who set off alone, risking their lives to migrate to the United States, has raised innumerable questions.
One woman who made the journey wants to shed some light on the issue. Kenia Calderon was just 11 years old when her family fled El Salvador nine years ago, after their neighborhood was overrun by gangs, crime and a general feeling of despair.
“The violence was horrible, you just didn’t feel safe,” she says. “Gang members would kidnap girls and force them into their gangs and make them sex slaves.”
Calderon says the economic and political conditions in many Central American countries and Mexico have deteriorated because of the failure of those economies to produce jobs, which in turn fueled hopelessness and violence.
Read the full story here: http://fi2w.org/2014/07/17/migrant-children-from-central-america/
- 9:57 am - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
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NYC is the country’s largest city to offer a municipal ID card to all residents—including undocumented immigrants.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is one step closer to making good on a commitment he made in his State of the City speech this year, officially signing a law that will create a municipal identification card for city residents, regardless of immigration status, beginning in January 2015.
“We know of course that there a number of people who do have ID, but for those who don’t, they live a different life,” de Blasio said at Thursday’s bill signing ceremony, adding, “It’s not just bad for the individuals, it’s bad for the whole city when people don’t have that kind of inclusion. Today we’re going to change that.”
The municipal ID card is intended to help people to access city services and enter city buildings.
Officials are also negotiating with banks, stores, restaurants and cultural institutions to also recognize the municipal ID cards, but offered few examples Thursday about where the card would be accepted. It’s also not clear what the card will look like.
Read the full wnyc story here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/coming-jan-2015-nyc-municipal-id-card/
- 10:56 am - Tue, Jul 8, 2014
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Why Haven’t 8 Million Eligible Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens?
8 million immigrants across the country are eligible for U.S. citizenship but have not yet applied. A disproportionate number, nearly 2 million, live in New York City.
On June 30, immigration advocates highlighted the obstacles these potential new citizens face, and some possible solutions, in a roundtable event held at the headquarters of the International Rescue Committee.
…Despite the benefits of U.S. citizenship – the right to vote, run for office, hold some federal government positions, access to a U.S. passport – many eligible immigrants do not apply because of complex applications, the high cost of applying and confusion about the consequences for those who may want to retain citizenship in their country of origin.
Read the full story here: http://fi2w.org/2014/07/08/why-havent-8-million-eligible-immigrants-become-u-s-citizens/