International Migrants Day

Today marks the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Migrants. An important date for many reasons among them, to remind us of the many contributions immigrants make to the United States, the fight against discrimination towards migrants or “illegals”, and the right for every human being to seek asylum. The past four years of the…
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Refugees, Immigrants & Our Community

Last week, we helped sponsor a potluck welcoming dinner for over 2oo Syrian refugees, who have been recently resettled in the greater-Detroit area. Our community is a vibrant and diverse one and we are grateful for the opportunity to help a new group of immigrants feel at home. Read a write-up about the event on…
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Scalia’s Death and the Future of Immigration Reform

Photo by Flickr user Ted Eytan. As President Obama enters the last year of his presidency, his legacy begins to come into focus. He made some big promises to move immigration reform forward, but he’s had trouble delivering. His efforts in exercising his executive powers to move the clock forward have brought limited results. Throughout…
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As Refugee Crisis Intensifies, Solutions on Migration Absent from UN Discussions

The refugee crisis was discussed at length at the 70th annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in late September. World leaders met in New York to debate the maintenance of international peace and security and successfully wove in refugee-related concerns into the context of war, poverty, equality, and economic development. The connection between migration and development…
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Immigration Reform in Detroit & Our Clients

Michigan United, a prominent immigrant advocacy group, held a rally and press conference yesterday calling on Detroit City Council to approve of a resolution in support of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), to urge the federal courts to allow it to move forward , and other immigration reform policies. The rally took…
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Backlogs & Bureaucracy Are No Excuse for the U.S. to Fail Asylum-Seekers

Read out latest analysis on America’s broken immigration system and its failure to help forcibly displaced people worldwide, especially Syrian refugees up on The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/09/backlogs-bureaucracy-no-excuse-us-fail-asylum-seekers A miles-long waiting list continues to plague immigration judges and keeps people who are fleeing war zones in limbo. The current migration crisis is the worst global refugee emergency…
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Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

Yemen flag. Image courtesy of Flickr user Nicolas Raymond. Effective September 3, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemeni nationals, who have continuously resided in the United States since September 3, 2015, and have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since that date. Individuals who believe…
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In Europe, the Word ‘Migrant’ Is Not the Problem

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Takver Refugees are in vogue. As callous as that may sound, the group’s plight – or more accurately, their “flight” – no matter where in the world they come from, is receiving more international media attention than ever before. This is a good thing, if it eventually leads to long…
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The Semantics of Migration: Refugee v. Migrant Labels

Read our latest analysis up on GlobalPost on how the “migrant” and “refugee” labels can negatively effect developing migration policies worldwide. The migration crisis will not be solved by underscoring the distinctions between “migrants” and “refugees.” Relying on these over-simplified labels can be harmful to both groups. The motivation for moving does not easily fall…
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