Immigrants

Essential Pittsburgh
3:07 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Is the Pittsburgh Accent 'Ugly?'

Live in the city long enough and you'll be sure to hear bits of "Pittsburghese."
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Updated at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday: Pittsburgh has advanced to the final round of Gawker's "America's Ugliest Accent" tournament. But is this a source of pride or a source of embarrassment?

Some area linguists argue that when people make fun of local accents or describe them as “ugly,” they’re actually making fun of poor and working class people.

University of Pittsburgh linguistics professor Scott Kiesling has researched the Pittsburgh accent in collaboration with Barbara Johnstone, CMU professor of English and linguistics and author of "Speaking Pittsburghese."

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Welcome Pitt
2:24 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Welcome Exhibit in City County Building

Women from the Turkish Cultural Center painted on water and then transferred the images to pieces of paper to celebrate their heritage
Jess Lasky

  Mayor William Peduto has officially named this week “National Welcoming Week” in Pittsburgh, and as part of the week the City County Building is hosting an exhibit showcasing some immigrants to Allegheny County for the next month.

“What better way than to open up city hall and promote that message of immigrant integration, so that passersby, just regular people who are coming in and out of our building are getting to see the faces of our growing immigrant community,” said Betty Cruz, nonprofit and faith-based manager for the mayor’s office.

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Immigrant Children in Emsworth
2:26 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Physician: Disease in Immigrant Children Not a Concern in Emsworth

Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been taken into custody by U.S. border agents according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The Holy Family Institute’s announcement that it will take in about three dozen of these children has been met mostly with backlash from the Pittsburgh region.

According to Holy Family, the children are under the age of 12, which the institute stated makes up about 20 percent of the migrating children.

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Immigration
5:29 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Undocumented Workers Call for Relief, Work Authorizations

Maria Antonio came to the United States 11 years ago with her husband and her son, who is now 13 years old.

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.

“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.”

She, her husband and her oldest child are part of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:58 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

100 Years Ago: The Assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand Affects Pittsburgh Today

Archduke Francis Ferdinand's assassination is commonly known as "the shot heard 'round the world" and the beginning of World War I. The 100th anniversary of his assassination is tomorrow.
Credit Carl Pietzner / Wikipedia

One-hundred years ago this Saturday, June 28, 1914, Arch-duke Francis Ferdinand, nephew and heir of the Austrian Emperor, was shot and killed by Gavrilo Princip while riding in an open car through the Bosnian capital. The tragic incident set in motion events that led to the start of World War I.

Economy & Business
12:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Regional Community Leaders Examine Role Of Immigration In Economic Growth

As the national debate on immigration reform continues, local officials are examining the role immigrants play in helping communities grow.

Pittsburgh and other Rust Belt cities have struggled for years to grow the economy while the population continues to decline.

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Government & Politics
7:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Immigrants In PA Seek Change To Obtain Driver’s Licenses

For a decade, Pennsylvania allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Now immigrants in the commonwealth face long odds to restore the old rule.

The undocumented Pennsylvania residents who gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol – some with U.S.-born children, some whose spouses had been deported – said that as Washington dithers on overhauling immigration laws, state lawmakers could do something to help immigrants contribute to the commonwealth’s economy.

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Behavioral Health
6:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Deportations Leave a Footprint in the Mental Health of the Family Remaining in the US

At 11 years old, Jennifer Barajas says that she has a broken heart. As soon as she begins to talk about her father, Ramón Salvador Barajas, who is in the process of being deported, the smile disappears from Jennifer’s face.

“The day they caught him, I waited and waited, and I saw that that he wasn’t coming, and I became sad. And now we have been without him six months, and I don’t want to be without him any longer because we all feel alone,” said the Mexican girl.

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Health
3:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

New Arrivals in the US Face Vast Health Challenges

Immigrants come to the United States fleeing war and genocide. Others arrive seeking better opportunities for their families. But whether they are refugees from Nepal seeking asylum or undocumented Mexican families in Los Angeles, immigrants share common circumstances. Many arrive healthy but develop chronic illnesses as they adopt American habits. Many feel isolated and alone – suffering that can turn toxic over time.

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