A statewide pro-immigration coalition stepped into existence on Wednesday morning, announcing itself hours before thousands of protesters prepared to converge on Washington to demand a permanent solution for young people whose DACA protection is ending.
Congress has until March to find a solution, after President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects 790,000 undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children.
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The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a nonprofit advocate based in Center City, joined business, literacy, and community organizations to argue that immigrants — refugees, asylum-seekers, legal and illegal residents — make significant contributions to the state economy. Pennsylvania needs more immigrants, not fewer, they argued, given the state’s stagnant population growth and the difficulties some employers encounter in
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