‘Ellis Island of the South’ - Atlanta Coalition Helps Immigrants Naturalize

‘Ellis Island of the South’ – Atlanta Coalition Helps Immigrants Naturalize

ATLANTA — One morning in March 2014, Rachel Bol earned something she had never had before. After spending most of her life in refugee camps, she finally had a country where she could live safely — and one she could call her own.

“God helped me become a U.S. citizen,” said the 47-year-old South Sudan native during an ethnic media roundtable at the Latin American Association here

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Applying for Citizenship: I Should Have Done It Sooner

Applying for Citizenship: I Should Have Done It Sooner

I’ve always thought of myself as hardworking. Every time I do something, I try to do it the best I possibly can – including being a mother to my three beautiful children. But as a single mother living in Lima, Peru, providing food, clothes and opportunities for my kids to learn and grow was a daily challenge. No matter how hard I worked, I just couldn’t make ends meet. For so long, I wanted nothing more than a chance to give them a better life than they had in Lima.

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How To Obtain Green Card for a Family Member of a U.S. Citizen

If you are an American citizen and your family member is an “Immediate Relative” and you would like to obtain permanent residency otherwise known as a green card here are some facts to consider:

“Immediate relatives” of a U.S. citizen are defined as a spouse, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents. Immediate relatives always have a visa number immediately available.

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Day Laborers Urged to Take Advantage of Available Health Coverage

Day Laborers Urged to Take Advantage of Available Health Coverage

OAKLAND, Calif. – Some undocumented parents are not enrolling their children in a free, full-scope health care program for fear their information will reach the federal government’s hand, says Street Level Health Project worker Norma Calmo.

Nor will they enroll in the food stamps program, even if it means having to make do with very little to eat.

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Anxiety Grips California Students Amid Immigration Crackdown

Anxiety Grips California Students Amid Immigration Crackdown

Amid news of stepped-up deportation efforts under President Donald Trump, many of the estimated 700,000 public school students in California who have at least one undocumented parent are living in constant fear that their families will be torn apart. This story originally appeared in the California Health Report.

Each time 17-year-old Stephanie gets a call or text message on her cell phone at school, her heart starts pounding and her hands begin to sweat.

“I think, ‘Oh my God, they took them. This is it,’” said the Ventura County high school student. “I can’t concentrate on what’s going on.”

While at school, Stephanie texts her mom constantly to check on her, something she never used to do. At home, she races to be the person to answer each time the phone rings or there’s a knock at the door. Late at night, she lies awake wondering how she’ll take care of her two younger siblings if her parents get deported.

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