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Georgetown College student gains valuable insight working with Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Georgetown College aims to produce servant-leaders who make a difference in their communities. One student making a difference is senior sociology major Melanie O’Neal, who just completed an internship with Kentucky Refugee Ministries. “I had just finished an internship within a preschool and was looking to make a difference by serving marginalized families entering the United States,” said O’Neal....

Commentary: Family farmers speak out against family separation bill, other impacts of SB1

By Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall Special to KyForward We are Ben Abell and Bree Pearsall, a husband and wife team running a mid-sized diversified farm in Oldham County. As small business owners, farmers, and employers we are deeply concerned about the impact that Senate Bill 1 could have on the immigrant employees who make our business a success. As many Kentucky farmers know, immigrants not only provide...

The Immigrant: The Life of Matthias Toebben in his own words — and what a life it has been

By Judy Clabes Special to KyForward Matth Toebben tells his story as only he can and as you turn the pages of his book, The Immigrant, the words come to you in his distinctive voice – heavy still with the German inflection from his boyhood, peppered with his innate good humor and the pain and poignancy of a life fully lived. If you are lucky enough to have heard any of the stories firsthand, before...

Grimes encourages new citizens to participate in democracy at naturalization ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday in Frankfort encouraged 36 new citizens from 26 countries to be active participants in democracy. The citizens took the oath of citizenship at the John C. Watts Federal Building. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (pictured right) at Friday’s naturalization ceremony in Frankfort. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Secretary of State)Grimes...

Young undocumented workers in Kentucky contribute more than $9 million in state, local taxes

With uncertainty around how the Trump administration will treat policies that currently offer protection to undocumented immigrants brought here as children, a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows these young immigrants pay a higher state and local tax rate in Kentucky than the wealthiest people in the state do.    The report estimates the 6,000 young undocumented...