immigration

Honoring Mandela
3:29 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

St. Louis Nonprofit Honors Mandela Legacy In First Annual Celebration

Nelson Mandela, 2008. The United Nations recognized July 18th as Nelson Mandela Day in 2009. This is the first time the day is being celebrated, since his passing in Dec. of last year. (via Wikimedia Common/'South Africa The Good News')

The African Diaspora Council Inc. is holding its first annual Nelson Mandela celebration this weekend. The event marks Nelson Mandela's 96th birthday. 

The African Diaspora Council’s event includes a dinner, a cultural performance, a 6K run and a soccer tournament.  

The tournament, which is scheduled for Saturday evening, will feature four teams representing different countries.  The teams will consist of players of varying African descent and other local community members.

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Mosic Project
8:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Commentary: Immigrants Will Help Rebuild St. Louis

Credit (via Department of Homeland Security website)

St. Louis has long benefited from immigrants. At the turn of the 20th century, St. Louis had almost 600,000 inhabitants, making it the fourth largest city in the nation behind New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. And of those people, almost 20 percent were foreign-born and more than 40 percent had foreign-born parents.

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Land Of Opportunity
9:21 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: Russian Expats Note That, In America, Hard Work Really Does Pay Off

Igor Lisovsky
Credit Maria Vladimirova

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.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Immigration Groups Continue To Pressure Rep. Wagner

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

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.

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.

Lawrence Nwachukwu heads Basilico Engineering, a firm in St. Louis. He said he’s been trying to get his siblings to legally emigrate from Nigeria.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:54 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Update: Effort To Make St. Louis Fastest Growing Metro For Immigration By 2020 Progressing

NathanReed Flickr

Earlier this year, St. Louis leaders launched the St. Louis Mosaic Project, an initiative to make the region the fastest growing metro area for immigrants by 2020.

According to Betsy Cohen, who is managing the project, the St. Louis community is making great strides.

The goal of the St. Louis Mosaic Ambassador Program is to make the area more welcoming to non-native people.

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Immigration
5:51 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Six Protestors Arrested During Immigration Reform Rally

Norma Andrade became a U.S. citizen last week after living in the United States for 19 years.
(Kate Essig/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.)

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. 

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Immigration
2:52 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Religious Leaders Hold ‘Pilgrimage’ For Immigration Reform

Immigration rights advocates hold five mile "pilgramage" on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

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.

On Saturday, a more than five mile interfaith “pilgrimage” from St. Cecilia Catholic Church in south St. Louis City to St. Alphonsus “Rock” Catholic Church in mid-town was aimed at returning immigration reform to the political forefront.

The march was one of 100 similar events held across the country.

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Immigration
6:36 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Archdiocese Urges Pastors To Preach Virtues Of Immigration Reform

Albrecht Dürer Wikimedia Commons

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is urging pastors and deacons to preach this Sunday on the connection between Catholic social teachings and immigration reform.

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. 

“The bottom line is that justice and mercy have to guide our approach to immigration reform," Madriz says.  "Those principles must be met, must be respected.  Comprehensive immigration reform will be just law, will be merciful.”   

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Immigration
2:54 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Vilsack Says Immigration Reform Critical For Agriculture

Credit (Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest’s role as a global leader in agriculture.

That’s the message from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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.

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Politics
6:31 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Shimkus: Immigration Reform In House To Be Handled ‘Bit By Bit’

Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) says any immigration reform that clears the House will likely be done piece by piece.       

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.

“These things can all be handled bit by bit and then you could pull them together later,” Shimkus says.  “But, you won’t see the House passing an overall immigration bill.”

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