Immigration http://wesa.fm en Undocumented Workers Call for Relief, Work Authorizations http://wesa.fm/post/undocumented-workers-call-relief-work-authorizations <p>Maria Antonio came to the United States 11 years ago with her husband and her son, who is now 13 years old.</p><p>She has since had two more children, but they all face the threat of losing their father because he has been involved in a deportation case with immigration for two years.</p><p>“My children say to me regularly: ‘Mommy, are we going to be separated, are they going to send daddy away?’” Antonio said. “This is what we most fear – not just my family, but all families.”</p><p>She, her husband and her oldest child are part of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:29:30 +0000 Jessica Nath 33187 at http://wesa.fm Regional Community Leaders Examine Role Of Immigration In Economic Growth http://wesa.fm/post/regional-community-leaders-examine-role-immigration-economic-growth <p>As the national debate on immigration reform continues, local officials are examining the role immigrants play in helping communities grow.</p><p>Pittsburgh and other Rust Belt cities have struggled for years to grow the economy while the population continues to decline.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:51:25 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30795 at http://wesa.fm Global Great Lakes Conference Attracts Immigrants to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/global-great-lakes-conference-attracts-immigrants-pittsburgh <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent report by the Institute for Policy Innovation concludes that wages rise fastest in U.S. cities with the greatest influx of highly skilled immigrants. This could be one reason why a number of cities are looking to attract more immigrants to their municipalities. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attracting and retaining immigrant populations will be the focus of the <a href="http://globalgl.wordpress.com/">Global Great Lakes Conference</a> taking place this week in Pittsburgh. Betty Cruz, Non-Profit and Faith Based manager for Mayor </span>Peduto’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Office and Tom </span>Buell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Director of marketing and Study Pittsburgh Initiative at Global Pittsburgh, provide an overview of this week’s conference.</span></p><p>Last year the Global Great Lakes conference took place in Detroit, one of the most active cities in the United States trying to attract immigrants. This year’s conference will be co-organized by Global Detroit, Vibrant Pittsburgh and GlobalPittsburgh. Buell has high hopes for how this conference may be a game changer for immigration reform and how immigration is received in Pittsburgh as a whole.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:53:28 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30655 at http://wesa.fm Global Great Lakes Conference Attracts Immigrants to Pittsburgh Peduto Launches Initiative To Attract More Immigrants http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-launches-initiative-attract-more-immigrants <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Wednesday the creation of Welcoming Pittsburgh, an initiative aimed at attracting and retaining immigrants in order to advance the city.</p><p>In the late 19<sup>th</sup> and early 20<sup>th</sup> centuries, people flocked to the city from all over the world to work in the steel mills and factories. The Pittsburgh of today was built by the immigrants of the past. One century later, Pittsburgh has lost much of its population and the city is feeling the effects.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:46:21 +0000 Michael Lynch 29990 at http://wesa.fm What Would the Pennsylvania Dream Act Mean for PA? http://wesa.fm/post/what-would-pennsylvania-dream-act-mean-pa <p>At best estimate, tens of thousands of children of undocumented immigrants live in our state today. The <a href="http://paimmigrant.org/programs/immigration-reform/dream-act">Pennsylvania Dream Act</a>&nbsp; would give children of undocumented immigrants who have attended high school in the state, an opportunity to apply for admission to state owned colleges and universities, or related universities, at in-state rates.</p><p>The Dream Act bill is led by Pennsylvania State Senator <a href="http://www.senatorsmucker.com/">Lloyd Smucker</a>, a Republican who says, “This is not a partisan issue this is about, what is the right thing to do for this group of kids.” Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:36:34 +0000 Nick Frost 18909 at http://wesa.fm What Would the Pennsylvania Dream Act Mean for PA? Making Pittsburgh Appealing for Immigration & Innovation http://wesa.fm/post/making-pittsburgh-appealing-immigration-innovation <p>Hundreds of immigrants come to Pittsburgh to refine their skills in engineering and the sciences at schools like CMU and University of Pittsburgh. But current immigration laws often cannot keep this potential workforce in the United States.</p><p>Brian Kennedy, Vice President of Strategic Services and Government Relations for the <a href="http://www.pghtech.org/">Pittsburgh Technology Council</a> says these potential entrepreneurs are leaving Pittsburgh for places that have more comprehensive immigration legislation.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:24:57 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14996 at http://wesa.fm Making Pittsburgh Appealing for Immigration & Innovation Immigration Reform Clears A Major Hurdle http://wesa.fm/post/immigration-reform-clears-major-hurdle <p></p><p>A strong showing of bipartisan support Thursday&nbsp;resulted in the <a href="http://www.senate.gov/">U.S. Senate's</a> vote in favor of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_reform">immigration reform</a>. This marks the most significant overhaul of the nation's immigration laws in a generation. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:49:10 +0000 Marcus Charleston 12279 at http://wesa.fm Immigration Reform Clears A Major Hurdle Friday June, 28th 2013 How Will Immigration Reform Change the Country? http://wesa.fm/post/friday-june-28th-2013-how-will-immigration-reform-change-country <p><em><strong>These topics air Friday in the noon hour on 90.5 WESA</strong></em></p><p><strong>Immigration Reform</strong><br>Thursday afternoon the Senate passed an extensive <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/us/senate-passes-immigration-bill-693416/">immigration reform bill</a>. However, critics believe the bill could run into trouble in the Republican controlled House.&nbsp; This is the first major immigration reform since 1986 when Congress passed a bill giving potential amnesty to more than three million undocumented immigrants. What’s different this time and how will immigration reform change the country? We’ll talk with immigration attorney and former U.S. diplomat <strong>Kamana Mathur</strong>.&nbsp; Also taking part in the conversation will be immigration attorney <strong>Rohit Dharwadkar.</strong> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:53:43 +0000 Heather McClain 12225 at http://wesa.fm Friday June, 28th 2013 How Will Immigration Reform Change the Country? Will Congress Vote on Immigration Reform? http://wesa.fm/post/will-congress-vote-immigration-reform <p>The White House released a video on &nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/12/white-house-immigration-reform_n_3428816.html">immigration reform</a>&nbsp; featuring staffers in an attempt to push their support for the issue.&nbsp; It's hoped Congress will vote on the issue before before the July 4th holiday? Six years ago President Bush urged lawmakers on Capitol Hill to pass his proposed immigration reform. Instead the bill passed away. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:22:33 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11326 at http://wesa.fm Will Congress Vote on Immigration Reform? Pittsburgh Council Urges Congressional Action on Immigration Reform http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-council-urges-congressional-action-immigration-reform <p>Pittsburgh City Council voted Wednesday to issue a resolution that urges Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform package.</p><p>Authored by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, the Will of Council document demands an easier process for foreigners to become U.S. citizens.</p><p>"There is no reasonable system for people to become citizens of this country," Rudiak said. "That's why we have 11 million people living in the shadows. If we actually had a reasonable pathway to citizenship, people would be doing that."</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:33:22 +0000 Noah Brode 7632 at http://wesa.fm Student-Designed Exhibit Explores Journey of Immigrants in US http://wesa.fm/post/student-designed-exhibit-explores-journey-immigrants-us <p></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:52:11 +0000 Deanna Garcia 7259 at http://wesa.fm Student-Designed Exhibit Explores Journey of Immigrants in US