Arab Americans Meet with Latinos, Advocates on Immigration

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DETROIT—Local Arab Americans met with Latino community members and national advocates last week to discuss immigration reform and strengthening community partnerships, reports Arab American News. The Arab community met with immigrant groups on various occasions in 2011, to collectively discuss immigration raids, which occurred at schools and small businesses.

According to the news report, the meeting came on the heels of recent changes made at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service allowing some undocumented spouses and children of U.S. citizens eligible for a green card to remain in the U.S. during their application process, instead of returning to their home country and waiting up to 10 years before being considered.

Among those at the meeting was Francisco Asencio, who hopes to benefit from the changes and stay with his wife and four children, all U.S. citizens.

"Our immigration policies should prioritize keeping families together,” said Nadia Tonova, director of the National Network for Arab American Communities.