immigration http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Immigrants Will Help Rebuild St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-immigrants-will-help-rebuild-st-louis <p>St. Louis has long benefited from immigrants. At the turn of the 20<sup>th</sup> century, St. Louis had almost 600,000 inhabitants, making it the<a href="http://www.stl250.org/crash-course-fourth-city.aspx" target="_blank"> fourth largest city in the nation behind New York, Chicago and Philadelphia</a>.&nbsp;And of those people, almost 20 percent were foreign-born and more than 40 percent had foreign-born parents.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:57:30 +0000 Jorge Riopedre 34713 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Immigrants Will Help Rebuild St. Louis Reflection: Russian Expats Note That, In America, Hard Work Really Does Pay Off http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-russian-expats-note-america-hard-work-really-does-pay <p><em>Russian journalist Maria Vladimirova spent time in St. Louis this fall, and visited Chicago and Memphis. She recently sent in what she gleaned from Russian expatriates she met while in the United States. The following has been edited for space and clarity.</em></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:21:19 +0000 Maria Vladimirova 33445 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Russian Expats Note That, In America, Hard Work Really Does Pay Off Immigration Groups Continue To Pressure Rep. Wagner http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/immigration-groups-continue-pressure-rep-wagner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pro-immigration reform groups are continuing to put pressure on Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-St. Louis County). About 15 people rallied Monday in Kirkwood, calling for her to address comprehensive immigration reform.</span></p><p>Several people spoke at the rally. Some shared stories of being separated from family members after deportation, while others spoke about not being able to leave the country for a loved one’s funeral.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:12:52 +0000 Chris McDaniel 31725 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Immigration Groups Continue To Pressure Rep. Wagner Update: Effort To Make St. Louis Fastest Growing Metro For Immigration By 2020 Progressing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/update-effort-make-st-louis-fastest-growing-metro-immigration-2020-progressing <p>Earlier this year, St. Louis leaders <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-initiative-aims-spur-st-louis-economic-growth-through-immigration">launched the St. Louis Mosaic Project</a>, an initiative to make the region the fastest growing metro area for immigrants by 2020.</p><p>According to Betsy Cohen, who is managing the project, the St. Louis community is making great strides.</p><p>The goal of the <a href="https://helixcenter.wufoo.com/forms/z7x0a7/">St. Louis Mosaic Ambassador Program</a> is to make the area more welcoming to non-native people.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:54:33 +0000 Alex Heuer 31268 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Update: Effort To Make St. Louis Fastest Growing Metro For Immigration By 2020 Progressing Six Protestors Arrested During Immigration Reform Rally http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/six-protestors-arrested-during-immigration-reform-rally <p>Nearly 100 activists rallied for immigration reform outside the federal courthouse in St. Louis this morning, calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a new immigration reform bill (HR 15.)</p><p>The bipartisan bill passed the Senate this summer and includes a pathway to citizenship and tougher border security, but has yet to be brought to a vote in the House.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 23:51:35 +0000 Kate Essig & Joseph Leahy 31159 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Six Protestors Arrested During Immigration Reform Rally Religious Leaders Hold ‘Pilgrimage’ For Immigration Reform http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/religious-leaders-hold-pilgrimage-immigration-reform <p>Even though most of the political discussion in Congress is focused on fully funding the government, last Wednesday an immigration bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.</p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 19:52:30 +0000 Tim Lloyd 30445 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Religious Leaders Hold ‘Pilgrimage’ For Immigration Reform Archdiocese Urges Pastors To Preach Virtues Of Immigration Reform http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/archdiocese-urges-pastors-preach-virtues-immigration-reform <p>The Archdiocese of St. Louis is urging pastors and deacons to preach this Sunday on the connection between Catholic social teachings and immigration reform.</p><p>Giovanni Madriz is Program Coordinator with the Office of Hispanic Ministry, and says the immigration reform package passed by the U.S. Senate is consistent with Catholic teachings.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:36:03 +0000 Tim Lloyd 30251 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Archdiocese Urges Pastors To Preach Virtues Of Immigration Reform Vilsack Says Immigration Reform Critical For Agriculture http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/vilsack-says-immigration-reform-critical-agriculture <p>Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest’s role as a global leader in agriculture.</p><p>That’s the message from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p><p>Vilsack told St. Louis Public Radio today that moving forward with the immigration reform plan recently passed by the U.S. Senate is key to retaining international talent that comes to this country to study in the plant sciences.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:54:28 +0000 Tim Lloyd 29026 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Vilsack Says Immigration Reform Critical For Agriculture Shimkus: Immigration Reform In House To Be Handled ‘Bit By Bit’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/shimkus-immigration-reform-house-be-handled-bit-bit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Rep. John </span>Shimkus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (R-Ill.) says any immigration reform that clears the House will likely be done piece by piece. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Shimkus echoes Republican leadership who continue to say there’s no way the comprehensive immigration package passed by the Senate will clear the Republican controlled chamber.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:31:58 +0000 Tim Lloyd 28426 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Shimkus: Immigration Reform In House To Be Handled ‘Bit By Bit’ In Depth: St. Louis’ New Effort To Become Fastest Growing Metro For Immigration By 2020 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/depth-st-louis-new-effort-become-fastest-growing-metro-immigration-2020 <p>Late last month regional leaders <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-initiative-aims-spur-st-louis-economic-growth-through-immigration">launched the St. Louis Mosaic Project</a>, an initiative to make the region the fastest growing metro area for immigrants by 2020.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:06:16 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 28260 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Depth: St. Louis’ New Effort To Become Fastest Growing Metro For Immigration By 2020