Immigration reform

Demonstrators at a 2010 protest in Washington D.C. demanding immigration reform. Several efforts since have failed in Congress.
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A representative of the White House addressed advocates in Dayton Thursday about their efforts to make immigrants welcome, but immigration reform was the elephant in the room.

A Clark County non-profit is starting a research study on health care access for immigrants.  A grant from CareSource is paying for the project.

Carl Ruby is with the non-profit support group Welcome Springfield, which helps immigrants living in Clark County. He says a high rate of Latinos in the county are uninsured, and that causes problems for them.

A controversy could be fizzling out over whether Dayton will host immigrant children from Central America in temporary shelters. The federal government told Mayor Nan Whaley it might not need the help, after all.

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Several evangelical leaders gathered in Springfield Monday afternoon to discuss immigration reform. The group shared their plans to meet with members of Congress in order to voice support for the reform issue.

Several members of the Clark County Latino community gathered at the Iglesia Espana Emanuel Church to hear the evangelical leaders frame the need for immigration reform.

Dr. William Brown of Cedarville University, a conservative institute of higher learning, says he backs reform.

Immigration reform might be dead in Washington for now, but some local advocates are still on the case. One of those is long-time conservative activist and teacher Carl Ruby. He’s part of a new initiative called Welcome Springfield—a takeoff on Welcome Dayton—to work on making Springfield a more appealing place for immigrants.


 Conservative leaders from Ohio are headed to Washington this week to lobby for immigration reform in a collaboration between businesses, evangelicals, and law enforcement. Twenty Ohio leaders are among the hundreds who have meetings set with House Republicans Tuesday. While the Senate passed a comprehensive bill earlier this year, the House has yet to bring a bill to the floor.

With Congress in recess and many congressmen returning to their home districts, activist groups are taking steps to get their attention.  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports on one groups efforts.

Hoping to get the attention of Congressman Michael Turner of Ohio’s 10th district - The Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform Network held a roundtable disccusion that featured local faith leaders, law enforcement, and members of the business community.  

A large group of protestors and speakers are expected to lead a rally for immigration reform Saturday afternoon at Speaker of the House John Boehner's Clark County office.

A group of religious, business, and law enforcement officials met Monday evening at Clark State to discuss immigration reform. The group held a public forum to talk about providing a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.