Immigration Resources and Stories

Helpful links to explore current immigration issues.

Consider this an “Immigration Resource Toolbox”

•  Watch: “U.S. Immigration — The Basics” for a general overview of U.S. immigration history, laws and current immigration procedures and issues. U.S. Immigration the Basics

•  Visit Supporting Immigrants and Creating a Dignified Pathway to Citizenship  https://networkadvocates.org/buildinganew/immigration/

• “U.S. Border Patrol Legacy of Racism,” The American Immigration Council. https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/legacy-racism-within-us-border-patrol

• “U.S. eases asylum restrictions at the border. https://www.wfmz.com/news/us-eases-asylum-restrictions-at-border-amid-legal-challenges/article_bbecdb8f-6fa0-573a-ade9-b92d49eb66bb.html

• “The overlooked detail in border debate: The legal right to seek aslyum in the U.S.  https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/544786-overlooked-detail-in-border-debate-the-legal-right-to-seek-asylum-in-the?rl=1

“Room to Grow” — A report by the National Immigration Forum: The new census results are in and they confirm that the United States population is declining. AND our ongoing struggle with COVID has demonstrated the value of the immigrant workforce in the fields of healthcare and food supply. A new study released by the National Immigration Forum cites another significant statistic.  The Old Age Dependency Ratio (O.A.D.R.) is currently at 3.5 percent, and dropping.  The ratio represents the number of workers available to support the unfunded cost for 1 senior collecting social security and medicare. As more baby boomers retire, the number of workers is decreasing. So where will we get those additional workers?  IMMIGRANTS!  Using publicly available date, the report states “we project that we need at least 37% increase in net immigration per year; approximately 370,000 additional immigrants in order to meet this need and maintain the 3.5 ratio. I encourage each of you to read the report ROOM TO GROW and rethink how you view immigration. https://immigrationforum.org/article/room-to-grow-setting-immigration-levels-in-a-changing-america/

Immigration stories in our communities:

• “Born in a Box Car,” the immigration story of Sister Barbara Ellen Apaceller https://www.csjkansas.org/born-in-a-box-car/

• “From Russia with Love,” the immigration story of the Keller sisters. https://www.csjkansas.org/from-russia-with-love-the-story-of-the-keller-sisters/