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New Study Shows Ohio Immigrants Lack Necessary Resources

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WKSU

Ohio immigrants are struggling in three key areas, according to a new report. 

Immigration attorney Allison Herre contributed to the "Our Pathway to a Brighter Future" report, which recommends greater access to educational opportunities, affordable legal services and better access to healthcare.

Other report findings include Ohio having 83,000 undocumented immigrants and 4,000 DACA participants.

The report makes three recommendations, one of which is to make more immigration attorneys available pro-bono or at low cost. Herre says there are fewer than 35 immigration lawyers in the entire state of Ohio.

Other concerns the report "Our Pathway to a Brighter Future," raises, are accessible, reliable, and affordable healthcare and educational opportunities.

Our Pathway to a Brighter Future is the result of 18 months of research by the Health Landscape and other organizations, according to Herre, who also says more funding is needed. She says what's lacking are English opportunities for non-native speakers, GED classes in Spanish and more immigration attorneys.

The report says 25 percent of undocumented immigrants are uninsured.

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.