The Immigration Impact: How Immigrants Help With Economic Growth

By Sierra Allen According to The American Immigration Council, immigrants contribute to the country’s economic growth and even helps increase the economic status of individual states. By filling jobs others deny and creating jobs that don’t exist, immigrants in Ohio are boosting the state’s economic growth and financial resilience with the help of Global Cleveland. What started almost eight years ago has now grown into a hub for immigrants and allies. Global Cleveland is a nonprofit organization that connects international individuals with social and economic opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. “We exist to welcome, attract and retain international newcomers for economic prosperity in Northeastern Ohio, said Joe Cimperman, president

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A community in caution: How new attempt at travel ban hit Cleveland Somalis

Words by: Alec Slovenec, Alex Kamczyc On the west side of Cleveland in a small strip mall lies a vibrant and bustling hole in the wall. Guests are greeted with an overwhelming aroma of curry and various other spices. Some of the walls are decorated with flowers, others are left bare. A large Somali flag hangs next to the kitchen. Here, Kifaya Mohamed has made a home for herself, her family and her fellow Somali Clevelanders. They may not ever be able to share this home, however, with their family back in Somalia due to a new version of President Trump’s travel ban, aptly titled Travel Ban 3.0. The executive

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Trump’s travel restrictions trouble Kent’s international students

Ayham Abuzeid, a Syrian, teaches English at Kent State. His country is banned. Zainab Alshareef, a Saudi-Arabian, studies teaching English as a second language at Kent. Her country is not banned. Abdulkarim Sekta, a Libyan, plans to begin a doctorate next fall at Kent. His country is banned. Some international students at Kent State feel inhibited by the current travel restrictions, concerned that if they go home, getting back to the U.S. might not be guaranteed. President Trump’s new travel order, which was planned to be instituted on October 18, changed his original travel restrictions. The new order took Sudan off the list, and added Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. The list

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Kent to vote on sanctuary city status in November

In one of the most controversial initiatives this year, voters on Nov. 7 will be able to decide if Kent will become the first city to declare sanctuary city status in Ohio. The Kent City Council voted to have the initiative in ballot this past July. If enacted, Kent would limit its cooperation with the national government to enforce immigration law, protecting those in the country illegally from fears of deportation.  The amendment was proposed through an petition created by Kent Citizens for Democracy, which surpassed the needed 10 percent of voters to get an amendment before city council. “The very recognizable title of sanctuary city makes it clear that

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