US Citizenship and Immigration Services en A letter to Congress from 55 state officials demands immigration reform <p>Rashida Tlaib (D) is a state representative from the 6th district and is one of 55 state and local officials who wrote a letter to four big names in Washington D.C.</p><p>Tlaib and others called on John Boehner (House Speaker), Nancy Pelosi (House Minority Leader), Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader) and Mitch McConnell (Senate Minority Leader) to help lead the way on our country's immigration policies.</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:29:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 12142 at A letter to Congress from 55 state officials demands immigration reform Immigration law can tear apart 'mixed' families <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are eight to 10 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, all of whom are central to the heated immigration debate in Washington D.C.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>More specifically, there are undocumented immigrants who are part of a mixed family - in which one family member is undocumented while the rest of the family are American citizens.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's a horrible tragedy and a national shame, but looking on the bright side, [mixed families] have reframed the debates and things are finally looking like something might happen on immigration reform in Washington," said David Koelsch.</p><p>Koelsch is <span style="line-height: 1.5;">an immigration lawyer and a professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"You can talk about the eight to 11 million [undocumented immigrants], but all of those people have loved ones and has a much broader effect in our society and economy beyond just those people," he said.</span> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:39:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 11807 at Immigration law can tear apart 'mixed' families A "one-man Dream Act" for Michigan grad <p></p><p>Maybe this will finally do something for Congress’ approval ratings. This week, lawmakers passed a rare, “one-man Dream Act” for a Nigerian student living in Michigan.</p><p>Victor Chukwueke (say “chew-KWEK-ay”) was born with a severe genetic disorder that causes facial tumors. Doctors in Nigeria told him there was nothing they could do for his life-threatening condition.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:12:26 +0000 Kate Wells 10482 at A "one-man Dream Act" for Michigan grad Michigan Syrians take risks to help refugees <p>Members of Michigan’s Syrian community are stepping up to help refugees fleeing the <a href="">bloody conflict in that country</a>.</p><p>Some lawyers in particular are helping Syrians seeking <a href=";vgnextchannel=c94e6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD">“temporary protected status”</a> or political asylum in the United States.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:09:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8723 at Michigan Syrians take risks to help refugees