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Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

| by Jennie Lehua Watson in Immigrant Rights

Foundations Unite to Oppose Immigration Executive Orders

The Haas, Jr. Fund joins with other immigrant rights funders in support of policies that advance diversity, inclusion and human dignity

This statement was originally published by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR).  Statement The United States stands at a historical crossroads. Founded as a refuge from religious per…

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Unite Letter from the VP

Searching for a New Program Director to Lead Immigrant Rights Work

| by Cathy Cha in Immigrant Rights

Haas, Jr. Fund Seeking Program Director for Immigrant Rights and Integration

At a time of great uncertainty for immigrant communities, the Fund is seeking a dynamic and strategic leader to oversee and strengthen its immigrant rights work.

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is searching for a program director to lead our immigrant rights and integration work. The job requires a bold, passionate, creative leader—someone who can work with us and…

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Jose Antonio Vargas Be the Change

Jose Antonio Vargas

| in Immigrant Rights

CEO and Founder, Define American

The Pulitzer Prize-winning founder of Define American and #EmergingUS reflects on the value of curiosity and empathy, and about what it will take to change the politics of immigration.

Where are you from? Manila, Philippines. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? A hardboiled egg and a Starbucks venti iced coffee with soy milk. Where do you call home? Los Angeles, where my shoes are,…

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Naturalization Ceremony

How Citizenship Made Our Family’s American Dream Happen

| by Cathy Cha in Immigrant Rights

Reflections on the power of citizenship

Program Director, Cathy Cha, shares the story of her immigrant father and how the New Americans Campaign is working to eliminate the barriers for naturalization.

During Welcoming Week, I am reflecting on the story of my immigrant father and the act of citizenship that made our family’s American dream happen. My father, Hyoju, was born on a rice farm in South Korea. At age…

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Citizenship fair

Citizenship and Its Privileges

| by Victoria Rodarte in Immigrant Rights

Reflections on helping new Americans navigate the path to naturalization

Less than 10% of people who could naturalize in the U.S. actually do. Victoria Rodarte talks about her experience volunteering at citizenship fairs, and what brings her to this work.

It was a typical foggy late summer morning in San Francisco. We were in an office in the Tenderloin district, which was set up for the day to help immigrants apply for citizenship. The room was filled to capacity, w…

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Trail of Dreams and Rep. Luis Gutierrez

What’s Changed About the American Dream Today

| by Cathy Cha in Immigrant Rights

On the new immigration climate and what immigrant communities can do

Program Director Cathy Cha reflects on the importance of creating more avenues for civic participation—and collaboration.

This piece was originally published by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, here. Why are you passionate about advocating for AAPI communities? As the daughter of Korean immigrants, I'v…

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