African Diaspora Advocates for More African Refugees in US

African Diaspora Advocates for More African Refugees in US

The United States says it will significantly increase the numbers of refugees it accepts from around the world over the next couple of years. While the recent focus has been on Syrian refugees, members of the U.S. African diaspora hope African refugees will also benefit from the pledge. However, there is one hurdle that keeps Africans in the U.S. from speaking as one voice.

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Donald Trump's America

Sean Rayford/Getty Images Have reasonable people ever seriously asked whether the frontrunner for a major party’s presidential nomination was a fascist? But Donald Trump’s calls for barring Muslims from entering the United States and for rounding up and throwing out millions of immigrants (whom he called “rapists”), as well as his frequent falsehoods and saying…

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It’s Islamic Terrorism. So What?

It’s Islamic Terrorism. So What?

My name is Mohamad Ali Ozeir. My father’s name is Ali. My mother’s name is Khadija. My children’s names are Zena, Hassan, Jenan, Nadine and Sahar. I look like a typical Arab man: dark, Middle Eastern. However, I don’t feel I owe anyone an apology for the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Most of all, I don’t feel the need to condemn this carnage as an Arab American of Islamic heritage.

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LGBT Campaigners: Vietnam More Tolerant and Inclusive

LGBT Campaigners: Vietnam More Tolerant and Inclusive

Activists in Vietnam and abroad have warmly welcomed the decision by the National Assembly to grant some recognition to the estimated 270,000 transgender people in Vietnam.

The Assembly last week approved a bill that would legalize sex reassignment surgery for the first time, and allow those who have undergone such procedures to register under a different gender on official documents.

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Coming Out of the Shadows: Paying Taxes as a U.S. Immigrant

One of the rules in the deal that President Obama put out in his Immigration Reform Speech in November as part of the steps for undocumented workers to get right with the law (and attain temporary United States citizenship) would be that they pay taxes. Now, let’s be clear about the situation – all working immigrants are not in this category. In fact, over 11 million foreign employees in the United States already pay taxes. But still, these diligent workers continue to suffer the damaging status of being undocumented, and live in fear about the possibility of them and/or their family members and friends being deported at any given time.

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We Should Not Close the Doors

We Should Not Close the Doors

The Paris attacks carried out by ISIS are being used to sustain the Republican Party’s nativist, anti-immigrant discourse. Presidential candidates and several governors want to close the door on 10,000 Syrian refugees for fear of terrorist infiltrators. This type of reaction does nothing but feed internal fears, granting a victory to terrorists, whose goal is precisely to shake the feeling of safety in free societies.

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American Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Technology

List Of Famous American Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Technology

In the midst of all of the activity that’s going on in America concerning immigration reform in 2015, we should remember that the contributions of hard working people from foreign places have enhanced this country in so many ways, especially in the area of technology. In fact, the co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc., one of the founders of You Tube, and the creator of Google are all from distant lands.

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What Are We Asian Americans to Do in the Heated Climate of China-Bashing?

What Are We Asian Americans to Do in the Heated Climate of China-Bashing?

A question: What are we Asian Americans to do in the heated climate of China-bashing? Some of our reactions may be: Great! I’ll join it! That’s understandable, for the Chinese government had done terrible things and some of us are here to escape from those things, even to seek redress. Tibetan Americans and Chinese Americans who had been persecuted are prime examples.

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