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PHOTO: With one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations of any U.S. city, Nashville is launching an Office of New Americans to help immigrants adapt, succeed, and ultimately benefit Nashville's economy. Photo credit: Kyle Simourd/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the debate over immigration policy continues in Tennessee and across the nation, Nashville continues to move ahead with its own efforts to engage and empower immigrants who call the city home. On Monday, Mayor Karl Dean signed an executive order to create an Office of New Amer ...Read More

PHOTO: The poverty rate in the state is down, while the median household income is up, but it's little to celebrate with the movement minimal and 4.5 million Texans still living below the poverty line. Photo credit: Charles Henry/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Latest figures show the poverty rate has dropped in Texas, although the change is minimal and in some parts of the state, the financial struggles for families are much more widespread. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the statewide poverty rate has dipped to 17.5 percent, although it' ...Read More

PHOTO: Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco is winning applause from immigrants and their supporters for his decision to stop immigration detentions. Photo courtesy Sheriff DeMarco

NEW YORK - Members of the Long Island immigrant community and their supporters are applauding a local law enforcement decision to just say no when it comes to immigration detentions in Suffolk County. Amol Sinha directs the Suffolk Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. He expects the decisi ...Read More

PHOTO: As the nation celebrates Welcoming Week, New York faith leaders say residents need to heed the inscription on the Statue of Liberty as Long Island and the nation cope with thousands of undocumented children. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK - As the nation celebrates Welcoming Week, New York City faith leaders say when it comes to the thousands of immigrant children fleeing violence, it pays to remember the motto on the Statue of Liberty. Father Bill Brisotti from Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Wyandanch says it can be stres ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado immigrants and faith groups are working together to form the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, to help offer respite to people facing deportation. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

DENVER - Places of worship are known as places to find comfort in faith, and a group of Denver faith leaders also wants to offer relief from the threat of deportation to members of the immigrant community. This week, five congregations announced the formation of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition ...Read More

PHOTO: Opposition is mounting to a planned new family detention center in South Texas that will house immigrant children and their families. Photo credit: Nicholas Morberg/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - With Immigration and Customs Enforcement moving ahead with plans for a massive new for-profit family detention center in South Texas, many in the region are giving the proposed ICE facility the cold shoulder. The center will be located on a 50-acre site just outside of the town of ...Read More

PHOTO: Global Detroit helped kicked off this year's Welcoming Week celebrations with the Welcoming Games soccer tournament in Detroit's Clark Park. Photo courtesy of C. Sauve.

DETROIT, Mich. - The many colors, languages, and contributions of immigrant communities will be the focus of celebrations this week, as Michigan takes part in a nationwide event to bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members. According to Christine Sauve, Southeast Michigan communities ...Read More

NEW YORK – It's National Welcoming Week – a time when some Americans celebrate the value of immigrants to their communities. On Long Island, that means extending a hand to some very new and young arrivals. About 2,000 children have arrived in recent months on Long Island, escaping br ...Read More

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