Immigration Reform

U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

President Addresses The Nation On Immigration Reform

President Obama on Thursday defended the actions he’s taking to shield about 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation as “lawful” and consistent with what his predecessors have done.

11/20/2014

File photo of President Obama.  (Credit: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Immigrant Community Awaits President’s Immigration Reform Decision

The Philadelphia immigrant community will be watching and waiting in anticipation of President Obama’s decision.

11/20/2014

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Advocates Warn Local Immigrants To Beware Of Notario Fraud

Immigration advocates are warning about a new tactic being used by con men who prey on people seeking citizenship.

10/02/2014

(Immigration reform advocates demonstrate outside the Philadelphia ICE office, at 16th and Callowhill Streets.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

In Philadelphia, A Push For Quicker Action on Unauthorized Immigrants

Immigration reform advocates say that months of protests have fallen on deaf ears and, with November elections approaching, the impact of broken promises will be visible at the polls.

09/17/2014

FILE PHOTO (SEIU members rally for immigration reform at Love Park in June.  Credit: Molly Daly)

Local Advocates React To President’s Decision To Delay Immigration Reform Action

It was a range of emotions among immigrant families after hearing that President Obama will delay executive action on immigration reform.

09/06/2014

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Congressmen Inspect Central Pa. Facility Housing Immigrant Children

Congressmen Jim Gerlach, Pat Meehan, and Charlie Dent (all R-Pa.) visited a children’s home in western Berks County where children were being placed by the government.

07/22/2014

(Pro- and anti-immigration advocates share sidewalk space outside the Bourse Building, where the Mexican consulate for Philadelphia is located.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Phila. Anti-Immigration Protesters Outnumbered By Demonstrators Backing Reform

Pro- and anti-immigration advocates shared sidewalk space outside the Mexican consulate for Philadelphia, near Independence Hall.

07/18/2014

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Immigration Reform Advocates Fed Up, Want President Obama To Take Action

Some groups from our area are rallying in PA as part of a National Day of Action.

06/28/2014

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NJ Lawmaker Wants To Allow Non-Legal Residents to Gain Driving Privileges

A bill now under consideration in the New Jersey legislature would allow a resident of the state who is not a legal citizen to get a driver’s license.

04/22/2014

(A rally for immigration reform outside the office of US Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa.   Photo by Cherri Gregg)

National ‘Fast For Families’ Visits Philadelphia Area, Promoting Immigration Reform

“We’ve been calling on people to fast because now is the time,” said Lisa Sharon Harper (at lectern in photo), who works for the DC-based Sojourners.

04/02/2014

(In Philadelphia City Council chambers, councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sanchez, at lectern, discussed Philadelphia's policy of cooperting with ICE.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Hearing Sought Before Nutter Modifies ICE Cooperation Agreement

Now, when Philadelphia police stop an undocumented immigrant for even a minor offense, officers will enter the person’s information into a database shared with federal immigration authorities.

02/20/2014

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing Recent IRS Screening Scandal

Dom Giordano Talks With Sen. Toomey About Republican Strategy For Immigration Reform

Giordano asked Senator Toomey why this issue has taken precedent on the Republican agenda ahead of the fight around the Affordable Care Act and the economy.

02/04/2014

(President Obama, in the Oval Office, works on his 2014 State of the Union address.  Credit: Mandel Ngan/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Obama Will Ask Congress To Increase Minimum Wage For Private-Sector Workers

US labor secretary Tom Perez says the president will call for job creation, immigration reform, and a higher minimum wage, “to insure that we have a healthy middle class.”

01/28/2014

(The panel featured Vanessa Stine of the nonprofit Notario Fraud Project, Carla Pendino and David Spaulding of USCIS, assistant Philadelphia DA Derek Ricker, and assistant US attorney Dan Velez.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Phila. Panel Says Helping Immigrants Avoid Fraud Is An Uphill Battle

The panel convened to call attention to the issue also reinforced how hard it is to combat this type of crime.

12/04/2013

(credit: Cherri Gregg)

Immigration Advocates Hold UN-Thanksgiving Dinner To Protest Deportation

Dozens of immigration advocates braved the cold and rain Tuesday to hold an UN-Thanksgiving Day dinner to demand that President Obama immediately stop deportations of undocumented immigrants.

11/27/2013

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