What’s happening with U.S. family-sponsored immigration

by Jennifer Lewis       Text Box 1 Blog 1 v3

Are the odds against you and your family as you seek to immigrate to the United States?

As a native born citizen of the United States of America, I have grown up with the presumption that I live in the best country in the world.  This is the place every other nation strives to be, where everyone around the world want to come.  The US offers freedom for everyone with the opportunity for financial success for all who are willing to work hard.  Whether you follow the path, play by the rules, or get in line, it is hard to say that doing any of these or all of these will necessarily help you and your family immigrate legally into the United States.  Continue reading

Transnational Cultural Identity Development

By Dee Huey

tnt_mainWhen thinking about transnationalism and multi-nationalism the notion of identity becomes paramount for the individual. The understanding of one’s self can often cause great angst and confusion as individuals search for their own identity between two, often times, very different and distinct lands. Answering the questions, “Who am I?” and “Where do I belong?” are not easily answered as the Motherland is significant in regards to traditions, culture, and language.  In addition, transnational or multinational individuals must navigate and search for belonging through the culture, language, and heritage in which they reside.  This can lead to a great sense of confusion for the individual and can create strife within the family unit as first generation immigrants often have expectations of their multinational descendants.

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Bridging the Unfamiliar Waters

By Ethan Harbour

For those who are natural born United States citizens, the immigration system to become a permanent resident or US citizen are so unknown that many do not understand the difficulty of permanently residing within the US. Natural born US citizens take for granted their statuses for living in the biggest empire the earth has ever seen while others make tremendous sacrifices to enter the country, legally or illegally. The US imposes many laws and restrictions of those attempting to gain permanent entry and are frequently accompanied by changing laws, exceptions within the laws, and other vast amounts of exemptions and hurdles, which one must jump. Continue reading

Being better than the system:

By David Madwell
I’m a part of a ministry on the west side of Louisville, which is a huge need that continues to be unmet. There, one will see a multi-generational pattern of low income families, long-life renters, unemployment, and domestic violence.[1] While this is going on in the neighborhood of Portland, we begin to see this pattern being observed in other large populated cities:
  • Lexington
  • Atlanta
  • Nashville
  • Cincinnati

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Teaching Global Displacements

By The Rev. Christine J. Hong, Ph.D.

When I began designing and teaching this course, I had a million questions. I started by asking myself what would it mean if seminaries, national offices, students, all joined hands to co-learn and co-teach about human displacements? Not only would we discuss global issues that cause displacement by studying refugee communities in different parts of the world, but we would also reflect on what displacement looks like in our city.

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