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Immigration: Philadelphia Embraces Refugee Resettlement

Immigration: Philadelphia Embraces Refugee Resettlement

In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to end the country’s refugee resettlement program shortly after taking office, Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney signed an open letter requesting President Barack Obama and his administration to continue to protect immigrants, including those whose home countries are too unsafe to return to. In compliance with Governor Tom Wolf’s statement in 2015 […]

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South Philadelphia: Charles Santore Library Offers Help to Immigrants

South Philadelphia: Charles Santore Library Offers Help to Immigrants

Jean Solar came to the United States from Chile two years ago. Despite his professional training as an engineer in his home country, Solar has been unable to secure a work visa in the United States and is struggling to assimilate to the culture. He hopes that by spending time learning English and exploring the city, he […]

 

Northeast Philadelphia: Personal Immigration Experience Turned into Community Support

Northeast Philadelphia: Personal Immigration Experience Turned into Community Support

Alex Shraybman was more than 40-years old and in an established career when he decided to uproot his family from their home in Lviv, Ukraine, and make the trip to the United States in search of new opportunities. Originally settling in New York, Shraybman moved to Philadelphia to follow a job offer for a better […]

 By R. Chase Grier and Jessica Herring

Fairhill: Philly Socialists Host ESL Classes

Fairhill: Philly Socialists Host ESL Classes

On the evening of Nov. 1, the silence of the Lillian Marrero library branch was broken by the laughter and conversation of Latino residents from the Fairhill neighborhood. These residents were taking part in a free ESL tutoring program offered by the Philly Socialists, a volunteer organization that operates under the tenets of socialism to […]