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Immigration and Refugees in Central Ohio – A Panel Discussion

  Immigration and Refugees in Central Ohio – A Panel Discussion

Jennifer Nimer, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Columbus; Jhuma Acharya, of Community Refugee and Immigration Services; and Amanda Pritt, from US Together, will share the challenges and issues facing immigrants in our community. They will also answer questions about the work they do and the people they serve.

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Life as an Undocumented Immigrant in Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Life as an Undocumented Immigrant in Columbus

Right now, there are about 48 undocumented immigrants in sanctuary across the country. Several are in Ohio. One, Edith Espinal, is here in Columbus. Since October 10, 2017 — her deportation date — Espinal has been under virtual house arrest at Columbus Mennonite Church (CMC) in Clintonville. As a place of worship, CMC is considered […]

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Columbus Stands Behind Support of DACA

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Stands Behind Support of DACA

As the federal government scrambles to avoid a shutdown at midnight tonight, much of the conversation centers around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While national lawmakers struggle to reach a deal, many in Columbus are taking a firm stance behind supporting the program that provides protection for young unauthorized immigrants — commonly referred […]

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Grassroots: Central Ohio Worker Center Fights for Workers’ Rights

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: Central Ohio Worker Center Fights for Workers’ Rights

It’s easy to feel invisible as a minimum wage worker, washing dishes as people gather and socialize over brunch, or whacking weeds as the neighborhood joggers pass by. These workers no doubt contribute to the growing success of the city, but their minimum wage status often allows for this success to hover over them, just […]

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Locals Create New Fund to Support Refugees and Immigrants in Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Locals Create New Fund to Support Refugees and Immigrants in Columbus

U.S. refugees and immigrants can breathe slightly easier now that President Donald Trump’s executive order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” has been temporarily suspended by a federal judge. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the Trump Administration last week, claiming the executive order was separating families, harming thousands […]

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Mayor and City Council President Renew Support for Refugee Settlement in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans Mayor and City Council President Renew Support for Refugee Settlement in Columbus

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther joined Columbus City Council President Zach Klein in announcing this afternoon that the City of Columbus would continue forward in its effort to accept refugees and immigrants, defying the executive order issued by President Trump last Friday. “Our immigrant population is part of the fabric of what makes Columbus so vibrant,” stated […]

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Photos: Immigration Protest Takes Place at Columbus Airport

Christine Ruddy Christine Ruddy Photos: Immigration Protest Takes Place at Columbus Airport

Hundreds of protesters gathered at John Glenn International Airport on Sunday to protest the travel ban put into place on Friday by President Donald Trump against seven Muslim-majority countries. Protesters chanted “No hate, No fear, Refugees are welcome here” and “Black Lives Matter” among other slogans of the protest movement. A Columbus Police presence was […]

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