Stories tagged: "Mari Manoogian"


Nedal Al Hayek plays with his son, Taym, and daughter, Layal, outside their new home on July 28, 2015 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The family, including Nedals wife, Raeda, fled Syria after he was beaten and tortured by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad. Nedal says he still worries for the safety of his extended family in Syria. Since the war started the United States has resettled under 1,500 refugees, despite over 12,000 applications. This fall, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that least 10,000 displaced Syrians will be allowed into the United states over the next year. This announcement was followed up by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announcing the United States would accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year and that total would rise to 100,000 in 2017.
How the Skills of People Fleeing Crises Bolster Michigan’s Culture and Economy

Over 1,000 people fleeing Afghanistan are looking to make a new home, and are ready to help Michigan communities grow.

In this Friday, June 26, 2020 photo, U.S. District Judge Laurie Michelson, left, administers the Oath of Citizenship to Hala Baqtar during a drive-thru naturalization service in a parking structure at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters on Detroit's east side. The ceremony is a way to continue working as the federal courthouse is shut down due to Coronavirus. The U.S. has resumed swearing in new citizens but the oath ceremonies aren't the same because of COVID-19 and a budget crisis at the citizenship agency threatens to stall them again.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Biden’s Immigration Reforms Hit Home in Michigan, but the Work Isn’t Done

While celebrating President Biden ending the ban on immigration from Muslim-majority countries, Michiganders want to be sure such bans never happen again.

The "Field of Flags" is pictured on the National Mall as the US Capitol Building is prepared for the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. - President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn into office January 20, 2021.
‘History Being Made’: Michigan Reacts to the Biden-Harris Inauguration

A new chapter in American history began Wednesday, Jan. 20, and watching that new beginning brought Michiganders to tears.

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What Retaking the Michigan House Means for Democrats

Republicans have held total control over the Michigan legislature for ten years. But Democrats are only a few wins away from changing that.