Wednesday, February 03, 2016

immigrants the good news

Al J has an article on an Iraqi refugee and the prejudice the family faces in the USA.

But they include this in their report:

Nowadays, 8.4 percent of Buffalo's population were born overseas and 15.6 percent speak a language other than English at home, according to the US Census Bureau, which counts refugees, immigrants and other newcomers together.Like Yusuf and her craft business, refugees are linked with industriousness. They open shops, restaurants and other small businesses, often on the city's West Side, where locals can now dine on delicacies from Burmese black rice to Ethiopian injera. A few decades back, it was a run-down hotbed of vice and crime. Now it boasts supermarkets, eateries and mobile phone sellers. Once-dilapidated buildings sport new paint jobs and property values are climbing. "It was like a war zone. Abandoned houses, drugs, prostitution," resident Karen Greenspan told Al Jazeera. "There's a really neat resurgence because of refugees and immigrants. They're 'rehabbing' houses, opening restaurants, stores. It's bringing life back to the city." 

don't tell the TrumpEttes...

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