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Immigration: Alphabet Book Announced At Philadelphia’s Welcoming Week

Immigration: Alphabet Book Announced At Philadelphia’s Welcoming Week

A new alphabet book designed to promote insight into immigration was announced Friday, Sept. 14, at the kick-off of Philadelphia’s Welcoming Week, a weeklong event meant to forge dialogue between immigrants, non-immigrants, refugees and native born citizens. Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and teaching Arab culture through language and art, […]

 

Immigration Law: Glancing At History

Immigration Law: Glancing At History

President Donald Trump’s dedication to enacting a travel ban was finally approved by the Supreme Court on June 26 after the administration’s third revision of the policy finally passed in a 5-4 vote. It may appear that America is in a new era of immigration law, but U.S. presidents have always teetered back and forth […]

 

Immigration: Symbol Lai Helps Direct The City Of Philadelphia’s Position On Immigration

Immigration: Symbol Lai Helps Direct The City Of Philadelphia’s Position On Immigration

Symbol Lai (above, far left) is the deputy director in the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA), which was formerly known under Mayor Michael Nutter as the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. OIA — which adopted its name when Mayor Jim Kenney was elected in 2016 — is designed to provide immigrants support […]

 

Immigration: St. Maron’s Church Brings Together Middle Eastern Immigrants For Prayer And Community

Immigration: St. Maron’s Church Brings Together Middle Eastern Immigrants For Prayer And Community

On Sunday mornings at St. Maron’s Church, congregants listen as Father Vince Farhat leads the liturgy, and afterward congregants come to the church hall for coffee and pastries. St. Maron’s has existed in South Philadelphia as a spiritual haven for Middle Eastern immigrants since the latter half of the 19th century and is currently made up […]

 

Arts & Culture: Yellow Rage Explores Asian-American Experiences With Poetry

Arts & Culture: Yellow Rage Explores Asian-American Experiences With Poetry

Catzie Vilayphonh, 37, and Michelle Myers, 46, known as the poetry duo Yellow Rage, met and penned their first poem together at a writing workshop at Asian Arts Initiative in 2000. The poem, “I’m a Woman Not a Flava,” expresses the women’s anger over the sexual fetishization of Asian women. After working on the poem together, Vilayphonh and […]

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Immigration: The History Of ICE And The Controversy

Immigration: The History Of ICE And The Controversy

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, has recently found itself at the center of national discussions surrounding immigration policy. Locally, Philadelphia’s ICE Field Office, which is the most aggressive in the nation, has found itself under fire from activists while the agency defends its actions. Founding and Structure ICE was […]

 

Immigration: NSC Board Member Michele Hangley Discusses NSC Services, Refugees And ICE

Immigration: NSC Board Member Michele Hangley Discusses NSC Services, Refugees And ICE

Michele Hangley is a lawyer and a litigation shareholder at the law firm Hangley Aronchick. She is also a board member at the Nationalities Service Center, a local organization which provides various services to immigrants and refugees in the region. In addition to the services offered, it also looks to empower immigrants and refugee, giving them dignity, stability, […]

 

Immigration: The Welcoming Center For New Pennsylvanians Assists Those New To Philadelphia

Immigration: The Welcoming Center For New Pennsylvanians Assists Those New To Philadelphia

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that seeks to help those in need, including immigrants and refugees, with improving their lives and socioeconomic status. Philadelphians who are foreign born often find themselves at a disadvantage in the job market and require additional assistance in getting the education, language skills and connections […]

 

Immigration: Jewish Immigration Through A Philadelphia Native’s Family Eyes

Immigration: Jewish Immigration Through A Philadelphia Native’s Family Eyes

Russian teenagers immigrating to the United States in the early-1900s experienced American freedom even before docking at Ellis Island. For the first time in their lives, these boys and girls spent unsupervised alone time together. The adolescent freedom symbolized more pertinent benefits of living in America, Leon Boonin wrote in his 1940 memoir, “Experiences in […]

 

Immigration: Shaloo Jose Found Her Second Family At HIAS

Immigration: Shaloo Jose Found Her Second Family At HIAS

Shaloo Jose came to America in January 2005 after her husband decided to take a job overseas. She has since visited other big cities in the United States, but her and her family consider Philadelphia to be “home.” After starting at HIAS as an ordinary volunteer, Jose quickly fell in love with the family-like atmosphere […]

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