This Thanksgiving as you debate President Trump’s most outrageous quotes at the dinner table, take a moment to thank an immigrant.
Immigration reform may have many Americans divided, but we should all agree on this – immigrants have given back to America in spades. Immigrant contributions to this country are endless. For over two hundred years, immigrants’ contributions have helped shape the United States into what it is today. Let’s give thanks. Continue reading →
RAISE Act Threatens to Wreck Family-Based Immigration
Last week President Trump put his support behind legislation that would dramatically reshape the U.S. immigration system. If successful, the plan would significantly limit the number of green cards that are issued each year through family-based immigration. Instead, preference would be given to hopeful immigrants that offer the best skills to the American economy. Known as the “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy” (RAISE) Act, the legislation would be the most significant change to U.S. immigration policy in almost five decades.
Senators David Perdue and Tom Cotton actually introduced the bill that they authored earlier this year. But after receiving the endorsement of President Trump, a revised version (S. 1720) of the RAISE Act was introduced to the public at a White House gathering last week. The bill received broad criticism from immigration advocates, economists and several lawmakers. Continue reading →
As Americans we sometimes take for granted the holidays that we celebrate. After all, there are so many holidays with various religious and cultural origins. But each holiday begs the question, “For what reason do we celebrate this day?” On so many of these special days, we need to be thanking the immigrants that came before us. For without their willingness to take a risk by leaving one home and venturing to the United States for a new home, we wouldn’t celebrate these holidays. Continue reading →
Regardless of your nationality, race or language, St. Patrick’s Day should be a great reminder to everyone that immigration is not a “problem,” it’s a celebration.
Sure, St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to drink beer and wear green. It is a fun element of American pop culture. But for many Irish Americans, St. Patrick’s Day is as much about immigration as it is Irish culture. Irish immigrants in the 1800s risked everything to cross the Atlantic Ocean and resettle for a better life in a still very young United States. Even after the hazardous journey, they were scorned as outsiders and labeled as thugs. Through all of this, they persevered. Each generation of Irish American Continue reading →
The green card, which only recently became green again, has a history with a variety of names and colors. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officially refers to it as the Permanent Resident Card. However, it has also been known over time as a Resident Alien Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card. You may even notice that USCIS labels it as Form I-551. In fact, the history of the green card is very colorful. Continue reading →
On this Veterans Day, CitizenPath recognizes the contributions of immigrants that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Share these immigration quotes from great Americans.
“Dear America, I am an Arab American, but a proud American just like you (…) On that dreadful day, September 11th, my duffel bag was already packed and I was waiting to answer the call of duty. Why was I ready? I also want a better and safer America just like you. When it comes to patriotism and loyalty, I am red, white and blue, just like you.” Sergeant Mahmoud El-Yousef in an open letter to American news outlets, February 2007
CitizenPath is proud to support the third annual Immigrant Heritage Month this June. Immigrant Heritage Month celebrates a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world and the honors ways in which America and the immigrants who have built our country are linked in a shared, productive history. Continue reading →
Memorial Day originated at the end of the Civil War in Charleston, S.C. when former slaves organized a day to honor Union prisoners of war who had died in a racecourse used to incarcerate them. Over the coming years the tens of thousands of graves of Union soldiers buried in the South would be tended every year on Memorial Day by freedmen and freedwomen. The graves were despised by many Southern whites who saw the Union soldiers as invaders, but for the African Americans the Union soldiers were liberators who had ended slavery.
A quarter of those soldiers’ graves belonged to immigrants. Immigrants had made up half of the professional soldiers in the United States army before the war, and nearly half-a-million served in the Union army. Continue reading →
Better economic prosperity, religious freedom and social unrest are just a few of the factors that drive immigration. These are major reasons the United States continues to be a popular destination for migrants.
However, you may be surprised by other countries with the most immigrants. According to data provided by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), 244 million people (3.3 percent of the world’s population) lived abroad in 2015. That’s an increase of 71 million since 2000.