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April 2014 Archives

Pennsylvania's Latinos are a large segment of the state's economy

It is not entirely surprising that many people think of Latinos when immigration reform is discussed. Of course, Latinos are not the only group of people who are interested and deeply vested in updating U.S. immigration laws, but with 40 percent of the city of Lancaster being Latino, they are some of the most visible parts of our community. And, according to the president of the Spanish American Civic Association, the Latino community has been an important driving force in the Lancaster and Pennsylvania economies.

Only 46 Syrian refugees settled in the US in 2013

The conflict in Syria has been raging for over three years, leaving over 100,000 people killed and millions displaced within Syria. Millions more people have been driven from the country, forced to seek refuge and asylum in neighboring countries. While many hope to one day return to Syria, it is unlikely that they will be able to make the move home any time soon. Others have resigned themselves to seeking a more permanent solution to the civil war by looking to permanently resettle abroad.

Pennsylvania joins states debating driver's license bills

Did you know that immigrants in Lancaster County who are outside of the immigration system cannot get driver's licenses? Exchange students, immigrants who have moved here for work and immigrants rejoining family members can all get driver's licenses if they apply and pass the tests, but immigrants without visas cannot, at least not now. The state has joined a handful of other states, however, that would allow these immigrants to apply for driving privileges.

Green card applications for Chinese investors soar

The United States is often referred to as the land of opportunity. People from all over the world aspire to come to this country and work, earn a living and take care of their families. Our immigration system supports this goal by offering certain visas to people who want to come to the U.S. to work or start a business.