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November 2013 Archives

Another Thanksgiving passes without immigration reform

Thanksgiving is just one day away, but there are many families who will not be able to gather around the table and enjoy time together. Unfortunately, there are many families in Pennsylvania who have been ripped apart by our immigration system. There are immigrants in detention, waiting for a hearing that may not come for years.  And there are immigrants who have gone through removal proceedings and have been returned to their countries of origin, even though all of their family remains in Pennsylvania. It is important this Thanksgiving to remember that not everyone will be celebrating with family.

American citizens can bring over Filipino family members

It hasn't been that long since Typhoon Haiyan caused untold devastation to the Philippines. There were a large number of people killed in this massive storm and severe damage was done across the country. For many of the people living in the Philippines, the cost and stress of rebuilding may be too much, and some may be looking to family members in the U.S. for help.

Company waits 15 months for immigrant to get a work permit

If a Reading employer had an open position on his or her team, how long do you think he or she would wait to fill it? Business priorities are likely to force someone to fill an open position after a few months and employers can't wait too long for the perfect candidate to join the team. Unfortunately, when a company wants to hire an immigrant, it can sometimes take much longer to get a non-U.S. citizen with specialized talent into a role.

There is no such thing as a slam-dunk asylum case

We have previously talked about asylum, the process that the U.S. government uses to protect people who have suffered persecution in their home countries for a variety of reasons. In order to qualify for asylum, people must be persecuted for one of five reasons: political opinion, religion, race, nationality or membership in a particular social group. It is also acceptable for someone to fear future persecution based on one of those categories, too.