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Illegal Immigration in the Akron Area 

 February 9, 2008
 

Sara Gibbs and her committee assembled an excellent panel to discuss the controversial subject of illegal immigration in this area. Each panelist brought a different perspective on the issue, from enforcement to outreach work with immigrants both legal and illegal.

Attendees had an opportunity to ask questions, and many myths about illegal immigration were dispelled: persons in this country without green cards are not all illegal, but may simply have different documentation, especially refugees and asylees; the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 prohibited illegal immigrants access to means-tested social services such as welfare or food stamps, and legal immigrants must wait at least 5 years to be eligible for those services, and must become citizens before becoming eligible for other social services such as subsidized housing; not all illegal immigrants that cross the Mexican-U.S. border are Mexicans, as Mexico has its own illegal immigration problems, with illegals entering via its border with Guatemala; Hispanics are only one portion of illegals in this country, and there is an underground trade in transporting illegals into this country from many poor countries.
 

 

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