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New Asylum Cooperative Agreements will affect Asylum Cases in the US

Despite an overruling on one of President Donald Trump’s asylum rules, new Asylum Cooperative Agreements signed between the United States and the Northern Triangle: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, will continue to restrict asylum cases in the U.S.

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The Problem with the Crusade Against DACA

In light of the Supreme Court’s recent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ruling, it is important to question why the program’s legal status was brought up in the first place.

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Spotlight on Immigrant Literature: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

Critically-acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie draws upon her own experiences of race, identity, and immigration in her powerful, heartful novel Americanah.

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International Students Fight to Stay

The Student and Exchange Federal Program (SEVP) recently announced that international students who are enrolled in online courses must leave the country or transfer to an in-person school. Before this policy decision was reversed, international students were forced into the challenging position of choosing between their education, their visa status, and their residency during a global pandemic.

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Harvard and MIT’s Lawsuit

Harvard and MIT sued ICE for their decision regarding international student’s status and their ability to take online courses and succeed.

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Surviving Sexual Violence at the Hands of CBP and ICE

While U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE ) release sexual abuse and assault statistics annually, these numbers do not take into account immigrants who are afraid, uninformed or unable to report, nor any failings of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) when investigating.

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2020 Census Apportionment Count

The Trump Administration released a memorandum claiming that the number of undocumented immigrants counted in the 2020 Census should not be considered when reapportioning congressional seats. Trump’s unprecedented call for change faces ongoing litigation in certain states.

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Joe Biden and Jo Jorgensen’s Stances on Immigration

Joe Biden (Democrat) and Jo Jorgensen (Libertatian) are both candidates in the 2020 presidential election. Here is some information regarding their stances on immigration policies that have been up for debate in recent years.

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Understanding Asylum in the US

This article explores what asylum rules look like in the U.S., the current political discourse that has been surrounding asylum seekers, and what we can do to advocate for immigrants who are looking for a safe place to live.

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The Arrest by Kyle MacKinnon

Li is an immigrant from China who has overstayed his visa and as a result is torn away from his family into a storm of U.S justice system consequences. See how one law firm carries Li from this strange circumstance back to the warmth of his family.

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Immigration Topics Explored through Podcasts by Katie Snell

An entertaining way to learn about contemporary immigration information is through podcasts.

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Guidelines for Individuals Seeking Refuge in the U.S. by John Tedesco

Throughout the world, several people fear they may be persecuted due to their race, religion, or involvement in groups that are not sanctioned by their home country’s government. These individuals may be able to seek refuge in the U.S.

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Healthcare Accessibility for Undocumented Immigrants by Anika Jagasia

Challenged with meeting the eligibility requirements of federal health insurance plans, undocumented immigrants face limitations in accessing health care, coverage, and services. With an equal need for health coverage and medical services, undocumented immigrants face barriers in available health resources.

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Financial Resources for Undocumented Immigrants by John Tedesco

Undocumented immigrants may have a tough time doing normal things like opening a bank account or establishing a paper trail to demonstrate their residency. Some sort of financial stability is necessary in cases where funds are needed for personal or legal spending, especially in immigration cases.

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Navigating Primary and Secondary Education as an F-1 Visa Holder or Undocumented Immigrant by Kathryn Augustine

Undocumented students are guaranteed the right to a public education, though this could be jeopardized by detainment and deportation.

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The Family Residential Centers are on Fire by Noah Pellettieri

President Donald Trump, who took office on a hardline stance against immigration, has frequently attempted to remove safeguards benefiting immigrants and their families. Will the coronavirus pandemic give him the pretext he needs to succeed?

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What could immigration look like after the 2020 presidential election? by Kathryn Augustine

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee and incumbent Donald Trump, the Republican nominee have contrasting plans for immigration they intend to implement if elected.

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COVID-19 and Asian Identity: Ways to Advocate Against the Discrimination by Heather Law

The rise of anti-Asian discrimination parallels the increasing number of coronavirus cases. However, here are some ways in which you can advocate against this discrimination.

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Guide and Resources for International Adoption of Children Under the Age of 16 by John Tedesco

For any U.S. citizen looking to adopt a child under 16 from another country, this is a guide that can help explain the process, and the forms involved.

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Resources for Immigrants Experiencing Domestic Violence by Carolyn Bruce

Here is a brief list of resources available to help immigrants experiencing domestic violence, including medical assistance programs, legal options, and shelters and other social programs.

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Resources for Undocumented Immigrants Applying to College by Sage Kashner

This is a list of resources that undocumented students applying to college can use. Undocumented students cannot recieve federal financial aid, so this article supplies alternate ways to fund college.

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Immigrants as Foreign-Born Labor Participants by Anika Jagasia

As immigration becomes an increasingly centralized topic of conversation, it becomes increasingly important to inform one of the relevance and critical role of immigrants in the U.S. workforce.

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The New Sanctuary Movement by Cecilia Cain

Protection by living in a house of worship - The Sanctuary Movement - A house where one can temporarily evade federally issued deportation orders for the act of illegal immigration?

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Steps to Getting a J Visa by John Tedesco

For anyone looking into getting a J Visa, here is a quick guide on the steps to attaining one.

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Snippets from Second Gen by Elena Koshkin

Loosely based on the reality of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, a second generation immigrant reflects on the passage of culture from her mother to her and the concept of “home”.

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Connecting with Culture through Music and the Arts by Mallory Lindahl

Music and art that is created by immigrants can not only help many connect to their homelands, but can introduce others to the beautiful sounds and styles of other countries and their cultural expression.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Anti-Racist Literature from within the United States by Dylan Lassiter

In light of the ever-present relevance of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, many are looking for a good place to start with literature that supports and aligns with the movement. This article compiles good starting points for gaining a comprehensive understanding of the historical and social implications that BLM carries with it.

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"We are humans, and we have the right to live" - the spread of coronavirus in immigrant detention centers by Noah Pellettieri

Unsafe conditions inside immigrant detention centers have led to needless death. Will the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) take this crisis as an opportunity to reexamine our nation’s punitive approach towards deportation?

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How to Recieve Financial Aid as an Undocumented Student by Cecilia Cain

Federal Pell Grants, federal student loans, and work study programs, among other financial resources, are not currently available to undocumented students. Though access to higher education is undoubtedly limited for U.S. immigrants, there are affordable options regardless of your citizenship status.

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Crash Course in ESL by Elaina Smith

Immigrant and international students often benefit from ESL resources in schools. Whether you’re learning English or teaching it to a non-native speaker, there are resources available that can make the process easier and more effective.

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Guide to Attaining a F or M Student Visa by John Tedesco

The U.S. offers some of the finest and most prestigious universities and schools in the world. However, for some people the process of attaining a visa might be a daunting and tedious task. For any student from outside the U.S. that is interested in continuing their education in the U.S. Here is a guide that may help.

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This American Dream by Izzy Sumardi

In light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the current state of our country, it’s a time of reawakening and questioning of our American ideals. This is a country built on the exploitation of differences, and we have struggled to recognize and reckon with that history that continues to repeat itself. Although America is a place where some people’s dreams come true, it is also one where the dream of equality has still not been realized.

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College Cultural Clubs & Organizations: Resources for First and Second-Gen Immigrants by Anika Jagasia

Adjusting to college can be overwhelming when surrounded by thousands of other students, but joining cultural clubs and organizations is an effective way to find a niche. Additionally, bringing students together who share cultural heritages, ethnicities, or similar linguistic backgrounds may help establish lasting friendships.

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How to Identify and Report Notario Fraud by Kristin Silvestri

Immigration scams, such as the ones committed by “notario publicos”, are devastating immigrant communities. The ability to identify these scams is an important step in submitting immigration applications and achieving citizenship. For those who have already been affected by these scams, reporting to the correct places can save your application and those of other potential victims.

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Arranging Independence: A True Immigration Story by Emma Pell

From Bombay, India, to Canada, and then America, Malika has traveled around the world and experienced multiple stages of the immigration process. Interviewed by staff writer Emma Pell, she discusses her personal experiences as a woman seeking independence, all the while still looking for a better life in the States.

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A Comprehensive Guide to the 2020 Census by Chelsea Brooks

With the 2020 Census underway, many questions--and myths--have arisen regarding the true purpose and effect of Census data on those residing in the United States. This article aims to highlight the facts, dismantle the rumors, and encourage everyone to fill out the 2020 Census!

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Right and Access to Public Education Based on Immigration Status by Sage Kashner

Accessing education is just one of many dilemmas faced by undocumented immigrants. Public education is a guaranteed right to everyone, no matter immigration status, from kindergarten through high school. Higher education can be more complicated and varies state to state, but there are ways to go to college as an undocumented immigrant.

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Foreigner by Jasmine Huang

Whenever the phrase came from wide-eyed children pointing at Ashley’s school group, she’d laugh. Seeing her in their midst, they’d look even more puzzled, the label forming at the tips of their tongues as uncertainty held them back. She was a strange hybrid, a Chinese-looking girl who oozed of America with her tattoos and loose Old Navy overalls. 

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The Wild West by Izzy Sumardi

Based off a true story, Samantha grew up in Indonesia and immigrated to the United States in the 1990s. Jumping from her childhood to motherhood, this story examines the patterns and commonalities of life, no matter where one is in the world. 

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 A Call to Action: How to Help Immigrants During the Coronavirus by Jasmine Huang

Want to help immigrants during the pandemic but don’t know how? Here’s a list of actions that you can take to uplift your immigrant community. From reaching out to your local representative to donating to a COVID-19 fund, there’s always something to do.

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Taking Action: COVID-19 and Asian Identity by Kyubin Kim

When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in America, it came with an unprecedented rise in the number of reported Anti-Asian assaults, harassment, and hate crimes. In times of crisis, how do you advocate for yourself as an Asian / Asian American? How do you become an ally to these communities?

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Resources for Immigrants During the Coronavirus by Jasmine Huang

As the coronavirus continues to unfurl new challenges and difficulties for immigrants and nonimmigrant visa holders, organizations and non-profits have begun to offer support services available online. In turn, we've compiled and organized a list of these resources for immigrants to use.

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The Namesake - The Sacrifices of an Immigrant by Jasmine Huang

Nalini's trip to the local flea market causes her to remember her mother's stories of how her name was chosen. A tale about the struggles of leaving your home country for a new future and the sacrifices family members must make in the process.

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New Country, New Life, New Therapist by Jasmine Huang

From working towards citizenship to the lengthy and strenuous process of obtaining legal residency, immigration is an arduous and anxiety-inducing process. In turn, here's a list of tips and resources for maintaining your mental health while facing the struggles of a new life in a new country.

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Tastes of Home - Making friends as an Immigrant by Kyubin Kim

When lunchtime arrives during Sarah's first day at an American school, she finds herself being scrutinized by the other students for her meal from home. Spicy aromas and the smell of freshly cooked rice are all quite new to her peers––that is, until the girl sitting across from her asks to take a bite of Sarah's food.

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Morning Stars for Breakfast by Jasmine Huang

A man wakes up early in the morning to prepare breakfast for his daughter and recalls memories of his life before he left his homeland for the United States. A short story about the love and sacrifice of immigrant families and how they can manifest in the smallest acts.

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