Essential Pittsburgh
3:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

What Would the Pennsylvania Dream Act Mean for PA?

Senator Lloyd Smucker is a leader in trying to pass the Pennsylvania Dream Act Bill.

At best estimate, tens of thousands of children of undocumented immigrants live in our state today. The Pennsylvania Dream Act  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.

The Dream Act bill is led by Pennsylvania State Senator Lloyd Smucker, 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.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:24 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Making Pittsburgh Appealing for Immigration & Innovation

How can new immigration policy fuel the brain gain in Pittsburgh?
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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.

Brian Kennedy, Vice President of Strategic Services and Government Relations for the Pittsburgh Technology Council says these potential entrepreneurs are leaving Pittsburgh for places that have more comprehensive immigration legislation.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Immigration Reform Clears A Major Hurdle

The US Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill Thursday.
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A strong showing of bipartisan support Thursday resulted in the U.S. Senate's vote in favor of immigration reform. This marks the most significant overhaul of the nation's immigration laws in a generation.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:53 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Friday June, 28th 2013 How Will Immigration Reform Change the Country?

The US Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill Thursday.
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These topics air Friday in the noon hour on 90.5 WESA

Immigration Reform
Thursday afternoon the Senate passed an extensive immigration reform bill. However, critics believe the bill could run into trouble in the Republican controlled House.  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 Kamana Mathur.  Also taking part in the conversation will be immigration attorney Rohit Dharwadkar.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:22 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Will Congress Vote on Immigration Reform?

Dr. Patricia Documet, UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
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The White House released a video on  immigration reform  featuring staffers in an attempt to push their support for the issue.  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.

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4:33 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Pittsburgh Council Urges Congressional Action on Immigration Reform

Pittsburgh City Council voted Wednesday to issue a resolution that urges Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform package.

Authored by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, the Will of Council document demands an easier process for foreigners to become U.S. citizens.

"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."

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4:52 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Student-Designed Exhibit Explores Journey of Immigrants in US

Participants pick a "dream card" then go through a simulation of experiences an undocumented immigrant may have.
Credit La Roche College

Graphic design students at La Roche College have taken the immigrant experience and turned it into a hands-on exhibition.

“Their intent was that their colleagues, students, peers would experience this simulation and have an experience similar to what someone would have who was coming from the southern border country,” said Sister Michele Bisbey, professor of religious studies at La Roche.

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