New research shows refugees contribute $295M annually to Michigan economy

Every year, refugees to Southeast Michigan contribute up to $295 million to the region’s economy and, in 2016 alone, they created up to 2, 311 new jobs. That’s according to a new study released by Global Detroit and University of Michigan researchers.

The study estimates total annual economic impact to be between $229.6 million and $295.3 million in new spending, along with between 1,798 and 2,311 new jobs, in 2016 alone, from the over 21,000 refugees that resettled into Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties between 2007-2016.

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Chaldean Community Foundation seeks information from Homeland Security

With few changes in the case of detained community members at-risk of deportation, the Chaldean Community Foundation has once again teamed up with retired Senator Carl Levin and the Honigman Law Firm in an effort to obtain information from Homeland Security. The foundation is hoping to obtain a copy of the agreement that was made between the United States and Iraq. The letter requesting the information is attached below.

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Brother Rice Mission Trip

Ten Brother Rice students took part in a mission trip to Peru over the summer, led by Spanish teacher, Kairos leader and 2002 Brother Rice High School alumnus, Andrew Ciesielski. While most took the opportunity to embark on the mission trip for the mere fact that it was a break from the everyday routine, they were met with life-changing experiences.

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Bishop’s New Position 

The Vatican announced Wednesday, August 9, that Pope Francis named Bishop Emanuel Hana Shaleta as head of the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans. “The [new] appointment was unexpected,” said Bishop Shaleta, who not long ago — in January 2015 — had been appointed to serve Mar Addai Eparchy of Toronto. “I was working in Toronto, trying to bring more priests to the eparchy. Things were moving forward there.” 

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A Letter to our Chaldean Community

To my community,

I feel an urgent need to reach out to our community leaders and the entire Chaldean community! 

Last week I buried my nephew, only 26 years old.  His life ended too soon due to a drug overdose.  My family is devastated by the tragic loss of our loved one. I wanted you to know that this problem has not only touched our family, but has become a problem throughout our community. 

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