By Gloria B. Anderson and Julie Zimmer | manchesterinklink.com
Mentoring developmentally disabled youth in New Hampshire may not seem like a logical career step for a former bank manager from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
But for Bienfait, a Congolese immigrant – he declines to use his last name for reasons of personal safety — the job is highly satisfying.
Now residing in Manchester, Bienfait, an applicant for asylum, considers himself blessed to have a job with Sevita, formerly known as the Mentor Network, a nationwide company that provides services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Continue reading “A Congolese banker embraces care-giving in New Hampshire”
By Niraj Warikoo | Detroit Free Press
When the Lyoya family arrived in the U.S. in 2014 after facing years of war and persecution in Africa, the refugees thought they had finally made it.
They had escaped earlier from conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and were living in Malawi when they won asylum to live in the U.S., part of a growing number of refugees from Congo in Michigan.
Continue reading “Patrick Lyoya escaped violence and persecution in Congo only to die in Michigan”
By Miriam Jordan | The New York Post
The Biden administration announced on Friday that it would offer temporary protected status to nationals of Cameroon, shielding them from deportation and enabling them to obtain work permits, amid escalating armed conflict that has spawned a humanitarian crisis in the African country.
Some 40,000 nationals of Cameroon, many of whom sought safe haven in the United States in recent years, are expected to be eligible. The largest communities of people from Cameroon are in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and California.
Continue reading “U.S. Offers Protection to People Who Fled War in Cameroon”
By Evelyn Schultz | Lex18
Inside a conference room sit 12 employees who collectively speak many languages fluently, including French, Lingala, Swahili, and Portuguese.
Now, they’re adding English to that list through new language classes offered as a partnership with Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The classes, which started in February, run for an hour each week until May, and are funded through a grant from the Kentucky Workforce Development Agency.
Continue reading “Galls’ English classes give Congolese refugees confidence on the job”
By Tiffani Jackson | State Journal-Register
When Olric Manthelot moved to Springfield in 2015, he was a victim of cultural stereotypes. As an African who immigrated from Congo-Brazzaville he said the language barrier and stigmas motivated ignorant assumptions about his people.
Continue reading “Africa in the spotlight | Afrohouse is connecting platform for Africans in Springfield, Illinois”
By Theresa Vargas | The Washington Post
There are glass ceilings that force some people to work harder and longer to reach top jobs within their fields. And then there are steel ceilings, ones that are not penetrable, no matter what skills, education or work ethic a person brings. No amount of striving gets a person past those because they are fortified with laws and policies.
Continue reading “Young undocumented immigrants in Maryland can’t grow up to be whatever they want. This graduate student is trying to change that.”
Those are the kind Ewaoluwa Ogundana is telling me about on a recent morning.
By Nicole Duncan-Smith | Atlanta Black Star
The Black immigrant demographic is growing at lightning speed. Fueled chiefly by an influx of people coming to the continent from Africa, over the past 40 years the number of Black immigrants in the United States has sextupled.
Continue reading “Led By Africans, Immigrants Now Make Up 1 of Every 10 Blacks In America”
By Giselle Rhoden and Nicole Chavez, CNN
(CNN)Black male immigrants are less likely to be approved for United States citizenship than White immigrants, a new study released this week shows.
Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed more than 2 million citizenship applications filed by US permanent residents between October 2014 and March 2018, and found racial disparities among those whose applications were approved.
Continue reading “Black immigrants are more likely to be denied US citizenship than White immigrants, study finds”
Immigrants and refugees from Africa often face a difficult transition, navigating disparate cultures and questions of identity.
By Chris Gaitten | Columbus Monthly
Continue reading “How Two Columbus Nonprofits Help New Americans”
By George Fishman | Newsday
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s inspiring rebuttal to President Biden’s address to Congress last month was controversial because as an African American he proclaimed that “America is not a racist country,” but “the greatest country on Earth.” Yet, despite widespread reporting of our racial strife, Black immigrants continue to come to America in ever-increasing numbers. Once here, their belief in American greatness remains intact.
Continue reading “Black immigration’s success story”
ROBERT PORE | The Grand Island Independent
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Sometimes an immigrant to this country, seeking citizenship, can teach us or make us realize that not only is the United States a country of immigrants, but also how important and a privilege being an American really is. Recently, the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation and the Multicultural Coalition joined forces to create The Khadija Abdudaim Citizenship Assistance Fund.
Continue reading “Fund honors Sudanese woman, helps immigrants seeking citizenship”
By Ted Hesson, Mica Rosenberg, Mimi Dwyer, Kristina Cooke | Reuters
WASHINGTON U.S. President Joe Biden signed half a dozen executive orders on Wednesday to reverse several hardline immigration policies put in place by former President Donald Trump. The executive actions, signed at a ceremony at the White House, included immediately lifting a travel ban on 13 mostly Muslim-majority and African countries, halting construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and reversing a Trump order preventing migrants who are in the United States illegally from being counted for congressional districts.
Continue reading “Relief among Africans as Biden signs order to end Trump’s travel ban”
By Jermaine Rowley | fox43
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — An active leader in Lancaster refugee communities is taking a creative approach to inform children and their parents about multi-cultural identity. James Magot, 40, a former South-Sudanese “Lost Boy” refugee is developing his first children’s storybook with the help of illustrator Tess Feiler and a few other local collaborators in honor of his 20th anniversary of arriving in America.
Continue reading “James Magot| Lancaster City man commemorates 20th anniversary arriving in America from Sudan with children’s book about multi-cultural identity”
On Jan. 20, 2021 Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Asian-American mother and father from Jamaica, will take the oath of office as the Vice President of the United States. Let us now celebrate immigrants of color. In 2013, we began to interview immigrants from African countries for what we titled “African Immigrants in the Bluegrass,” an oral history project at University of Kentucky’s Nunn Center for Oral History. We completed almost 50 interviews in 2017, just before President Trump’s infamous comment in 2018 about immigrants from “s—hole countries.”
Continue reading “Let us now celebrate immigrants of color to Kentucky”
By ANTHONY AKAEZE | Baptist News Global
In November 2016, when he set out on a trip to the United States from his country of Nigeria, Ferdinand Okeke took with him a Bible. It represented more than an item for him; it was an article of faith. As a member of the Deeper Life Ministry, Alaba Market branch, in Lagos, Okeke was a devout church member who regularly attended church. The Bible was an indispensable part of his life in a country widely considered to be deeply religious, with Christianity and Islam as the dominant religions. His trip to America, he said, was ordained by God.
Continue reading “Often, faith and work collide for African immigrants in the U.S.”
America has decidedly voted in favor of refugees and immigrants in this 2020 election, showing their support with the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden, and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who ran on campaign promises to restore the asylum system, increase the annual cap of refugee arrivals to 125,000, and end the discriminatory travel bans.
Continue reading “America Voted in Favor of Refugees and Immigrants”
BY RUTH ETIESIT SAMUEL | Teen Vogue
In the final presidential debate, in what felt like the midnight hour of an endless campaign, just six minutes and three seconds were allotted to a dialogue that shaped Donald Trump’s entire ascent to politics. Each debate felt like a perpetual will-they-or-won’t-they dance, waiting for the candidates to discuss it. Along with other immigrants and children of immigrants across the country, I listened to Trump lie about children being brought in “through cartels, through coyotes, and through gangs” and pat himself on the back for his policies, deflecting responsibility for the 545 children his administration separated from their parents at the border.
Continue reading “Black Immigrants in the United States Have Been Targeted by Trump”
By Salem Solomon| Voice of America
WASHINGTON – The African diaspora in the United States is mobilizing voter drives, as organizers believe 2020 is a time for these voters to flex their political muscle as never before.
Continue reading “African Diaspora Looks to Flex Political Muscle in US Elections”
- By Heather Bellow | The Berkshire Eagle
Their faces as hopeful as the sun and the shimmering Berkshire hills behind them, a dozen new Americans took the oath that means they now belong. At a coronavirus pandemic-adjusted naturalization ceremony in the Chinese garden at Naumkeag on Wednesday, 12 people from nine countries became U.S. citizens.
Continue reading “Ghanaian, Boukinabe, Ivorien among immigrants sworn in as newest U.S. citizens at Berkshire, Massachusetts”
By Dianne Solis | The Dallas Morning News
A national protest is widening over the pending deportations of dozens of Cameroon-born immigrants who lawyers and other advocates say were abused in U.S. detention centers and could face death if sent back to their homeland.
Continue reading “Protests grow over pending deportations to Cameroon, amid abuse allegations”
By Amnesty International
Amnesty International USA calls upon the Trump administration to refrain from deporting people to Cameroon, as the administration schedules deportations this week from Alexandria Airport in Louisiana. The organization is also concerned about the threat of imminent deportation of Cameroonians now being held at the Prairieland detention center in Texas.
Continue reading “The United States Must Not Deport People to Cameroon”
By Teresa Gutierrez | Workers World
Before being admitted to the hospital for coronavirus infection, Donald Trump spent the last two weeks on yet another vile anti-immigrant tirade.
Continue reading “Trump, ‘Get your hands off Somali refugees!’”
In this article, International journalist, migrant activist and TED Fellow Yasin Kakande, author of a new book on the historical and contemporary reasons for African immigration, ‘Why We Are Coming’, traces the intersection between Black Lives Matter and African Migrations in the Covid-19 Pandemic.
by Keith Asante | The London Economic
Continue reading “When are we going to have an honest conversation on African migration?”
By Dave Seminara | WSJ
The left keeps saying America is systemically racist and President Trump is a white supremacist. So why do so many black Africans want to immigrate?
Continue reading “Africans Knock on America’s Door”
By International Rescue Committee
Jacqueline Uwumeremyi fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo to South Africa because of violence. After facing constant xenophobia because of her refugee status, she and her five children were finally resettled in Boise, Idaho, in 2018.
Continue reading “Stories of Welcome: Congolese refugees are embraced by their new community in Boise, Idaho”
By Peter Beinart | The Atlantic
Of the many questions at stake in this fall’s election, one of the less obvious is this: Will the United States remain a country where someone like Barack Obama or Kamala Harris—a person of color with immigrant parents—is likely to be born? The answer depends, in part, on whether America’s universities retain their global appeal. If Donald Trump wins reelection, they may not.
Continue reading “Immigrants Don’t Just Change Voting Patterns”
by Jamie Morris | Lindsay Advocate
From Lagos to Lindsay. From a city in Nigeria five times the size of Toronto to a town of some 21,000 souls. Quite a leap to jump an ocean and a continent, but Tobi and Francis Ogunnowo did so — and found welcoming arms.
Continue reading “Nigerian family finds local area welcoming as they seek new opportunities in Canada”
by Meredith Somers | MIT Sloan
A new study shows that, relative to their population, immigrant-founded businesses create 42% more jobs in America than ones started by U.S.-born entrepreneurs.Share
Continue reading “Why restrictive immigration may be bad for U.S. entrepreneurship”
By Marius Kothor | The New Times
The sea-washed, sunset gates of the United States are being closed to the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. President Trump and his administration have slashed the Refugee Resettlement Program, which allows people fleeing war, persecution and famine to legally move to the United States.
Continue reading “My Family Escaped From Togo To America As Refugees, Now Trump Is Trying To Kill The Program That Saved My Life”
By ALLAN WERNICK | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Q. Are there free resources available to help me become a U.S. citizen? Or is there an inexpensive and fair lawyer you can recommend? I am currently out of work.
Continue reading “Where to find free or low-cost immigration law services”