Sunday, July 27, 2014

Clock Ticking for Congress to Act on US Border Crisis



VOAVideo: Clock Ticking for Congress to Act on US Border Crisis

This week is Congress’ last chance to respond to a surge of undocumented children arriving at America’s southern border before U.S. lawmakers leave town for a five-week recess. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, at issue is how much money to appropriate to house and process the juveniles, and whether to alter a 2008 law that entitles non-Mexican arrivals to an immigration hearing.

Also watch: President Asks Central American Leaders to Help Stop Migrants

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fasting 5K Events for Children Take Off in US Cities



VOAVideo: Fasting 5K Events for Children Take Off in US Cities

A group of around 30 people gathered on the National Mall, getting ready for a unique event which combines America’s favorite form of exercise with the teachings of Islam. Fasting 5K is an annual event held simultaneously in five American cities during Islam's holy month of Ramadan. The event, which takes place in Washington, Boston, New York, Houston and Huntington Beach, California, premiered last year, not long after the Boston Marathon bombing. Ariadne Budianto has more for VOA.

Friday, July 25, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 5: Classroom Naturalization Celebrations



USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices 5: Classroom Naturalization Celebrations

Learn how to hold a celebration for students who recently passed their naturalization test. Other students gained confidence by hearing a first-hand account of the test and seeing their classmates succeed.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 4: Classroom Constitution

USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices: Classroom Constitution

Established a “class constitution” to teach students about the U.S. Constitution, laws, and voting. The students vote to enact laws and amendments to their class constitution, such as “arrive to class on time” and “no cell phone use during class.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 3: Enhanced Integration Tasks


USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices: Enhanced Integration Tasks
  • Learn about implementing a civic integration component as part of a citizenship class curriculum. Examples include having students apply for a library card and then presenting on their experiences in class or visiting a historical landmark and describing their visit and what they learned. This encourages students to practice their English skills and to be an active member of their community.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 2: Expand Citizenship Instruction with MP3 Technology


USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices 2: Expand Citizenship Instruction with MP3 Technology

  • Learn about a programs that loaned students MP3 players that allow them to listen to the 100 Civics Questions and Answers and watch The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test video during their free time. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

USCIS Promising Practices 1: Telephone Conversation Partners Program

USCIS has posted a series of case studies that highlight the promising practices of some of their grant recipients.  To see all of the case studies, go to USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Promising Practices.

USCIS Promising Practices: Telephone Conversation Partners Program
  • Learn how to develop a “Telephone Conversation Partners” program with a telephone-based curriculum to provide structured citizenship learning and interview practice outside the classroom.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Undocumented Immigrants Face Perilous Journey to US, No Guarantees



VOAVideo: Undocumented Immigrants Face Perilous Journey to US, No Guarantees

Every day, hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Central America attempt the arduous journey through Mexico and turn themselves over to U.S. border patrol -- with the hope that they will not be turned away. But the dangers they face along the way are many, and as Ramon Taylor reports from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, their fate rests on more than just the reception they get at the US border.