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A Brief History of Immigration in Harrisonburg

Posted on June 1, 2017

The Shenandoah Valley has been a cultural crossroads for thousands of years. The biodiverse climate has supported a multitude of people groups from hunter-gatherers in the Archaic age to Native American tribes who resided in the area until the early 1700s. The …

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Harrisonburg International Food Guide

Posted on March 6, 2017

There is no shortage of ethnic food here in Harrisonburg–from Mexican tiendas to Kurdish cafes, there are an abundance of options. If you want to try new delicious cuisines, check out our comprehensive guide of all the international restaurants, stores, and food trucks in …

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No Matter Where You’re From

Posted on February 22, 2017

Over the past year, you may have noticed tricolored yard signs around the Harrisonburg area. They boast a message of welcome, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor,” in three different languages: Spanish, English, and Arabic. Over time, …

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A Response to President Trump’s Immigration Orders

Posted on February 6, 2017

On January 27, 2017 at 4:42pm,  President Trump signed an executive order halting all refugee resettlement for 120 days (with occasional exceptions for religious minorities), barring Syrian refugees from entering the country indefinitely, and temporarily banning everyone, including refugees, from seven Muslim …

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Save the Date: 11th Annual Taste of the World

Posted on February 2, 2017

Have you ever wanted to travel to Southern Asia, but never had the chance? Do you love international cuisine? Are you passionate about supporting local organizations? Do you have a heart for the immigrant community in the Shenandoah Valley? If you answered …

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Five Questions About U.S. Immigration: A Fact Sheet

Posted on January 18, 2017

The new year has come, bringing with it the end of one presidential era and the start of a new one. As stated in the last NewBridges blog post, one of the most important things that Americans concerned with the well-being of …

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After the Election: How to Support the Local Immigrant Community

Posted on December 15, 2016

Many people are concerned for the immigrant community in light of the recent election results. Interacting with and advocating for immigrants are tangible ways to take a stand against the fear and hate that seem to have set the tone of many …

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Después de la elección: Informacion importante sobre inmigración

Posted on November 18, 2016

  Aquí en PuentesNuevos estamos trabajando para juntar información que podamos compartir con los de Uds que tienen preguntas después de la elección.  Decidimos hacer unos videos con instrucciones.  Este primer video es una introducción.     Sabemos que muchos jovenes que …

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Immigrants and the Economy: Latinas Rise in Entrepreneurship

Posted on November 9, 2016

Over the past several years, the United States has seen an increase in business growth that has counteracted the lingering effects of the recession. The role of women entrepreneurs is particularly noteworthy among the brackets of business owners whose revenue has contributed …

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The Welcoming City: Harrisonburg City Public Schools are Recognized by New America

Posted on October 26, 2016

  “Residents of Harrisonburg, Virginia characterize the town as a ‘welcoming community’ that ‘embraces diversity’ and as a place with a very ‘unique and powerful story’ to tell. It’s a story of a changing community that accepts diversity rather than rejecting it. …

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