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50 percent of Pennsylvania's immigrants have naturalized

As the U.S. House of Representatives discusses immigration reform, it may be incredibly important to learn about the nation's immigrant populations in order to create an appropriate immigration bill. While it is likely that many members of Congress have consulted with professionals in the immigration field, do they really understand their states' demographics? Do they know, for example, how many immigrants have acquired U.S. citizenship and, thus, have earned the right to vote?

How will immigration reform affect the asylum program?

Many people in Philadelphia are proud of the fact that the United States remains a choice destination for people fleeing violence and carnage in their own countries. Not only is our country an attractive destination, but it also does a lot to protect people of the violence they faced in their home countries, in part through the asylum program. As long as someone has a well-founded fear of persecution based on membership to a specific social group, race, religion, political opinion or nationality, he or she can ostensibly apply for asylum in Philadelphia.

Immigrant families hold unofficial citizenship ceremony

It is no surprise that immigrant families in Reading are eagerly waiting for some good news from Congress. For some of them, those who lack the legal permission to remain or work in the country, the promise of a pathway to naturalization and citizenship is dangling just out of their reach, but if the House comes up with a similar immigration bill to the one that was passed by the Senate earlier this year, these Pennsylvania families may finally have a way to become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Varying opinions on employment, immigration shape national debate

When a non-American wants to work in the United States, his or her employer must sponsor him or her. What this usually means is that the employee has a set of highly specialized skills that the employer needs, and that the employer has been unable to find an American with the same skills. Although this seems fair to many people, there are some who question whether employers are actually looking for Americans or if they are merely giving immigrants the upper hand when it comes to jobs. This is just one of the many facets of the employment-based immigration debate that is raging in Congress.

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