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Amanda Morales-Guerra, with her son David, at Holyrood Church, has spent one month in sanctuary to request a solution to her immigration situation. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Guatemalan Mother Spends 1st Month in Church ‘Living in Agony’

Central American, Immigration, Manhattan September 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Guatemalan mother Amanda Morales-Guerra has lived for the past month with her three children in a Washington Heights church as ICE continues to refuse to reopen her case, El Diario/La Prensa reports.   

Consul general Ana Lorena Siria de Lara of El Salvador (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

DACA Fallout: Salvadorans Fret for TPS’ Future

Central American, Immigration, Metro Area September 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm

After President Trump’s decision to phase out DACA, Salvadorans in the tri-state area put their plans on hold as they fear that Trump will not extend their temporary protected status, Reporte Hispano reports.

El Salvador's Cardinal Gregorio Rosa-Chávez, with a Salvadoran family in Uniondale, New York. (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Cardinal’s Visit Buoys Salvadorans on LI

Central American, Immigration, Long Island, Religion August 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

La Tribuna Hispana chronicles the historic visit to Long Island of El Salvador’s cardinal, during which he spoke in churches, community centers and a prison.

Father Tom Babiuch, from St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward, at mass, which used to be frequented by more than 50 Hispanic parishioners. (Photos via El Diario)

Lost Businesses and Empty Churches after ICE Raid Upstate

Business, Central American, Immigration, Mexican, New York, Religion August 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm

An ICE raid in upstate New York that took 28 undocumented immigrants resulted in the closing of the restaurant in which they worked and an atmosphere of panic that has left even local churches empty, El Diario/La Prensa reports. 

A ‘Sisterhood’ of Domestic Workers

A ‘Sisterhood’ of Domestic Workers

Central American, Labor, New York, Video, Women June 16, 2017 at 5:18 pm

BRIC TV follows a member of Domestic Workers United, an organization of African, Caribbean and Latina women who fight against worker exploitation.

Rodman Serrano fears that his Salvadoran parents, who have lived in New York for 24 years, may lose their TPS and are once again put at risk of deportation. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Salvadorans Live through a Nightmare with Possible End of TPS

Central American, Long Island May 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm

While Salvadorans in the NY area fear that the Trump administration will not extend their TPS protection or that it will do so only for six months as it did with Haitians, Long Island braces for a potential exodus that could undermine its economy, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Among the current projects at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance is an exploration of different Colombian dance rhythms. (Photo courtesy of CTMD via City Limits)

Immigrants and the Arts

City Limits profiles an organization that offers cross-cultural initiatives featuring the music and dance of different immigrant cultures.

‘I Am Mercedes’: An Immigrant’s Journey

‘I Am Mercedes’: An Immigrant’s Journey

Central American, Immigration, Metro Area, New York April 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Writing for La Voz, a teenager narrates how, fleeing violence in her native Honduras, she arrived in the U.S. and laid roots in her new country. Despite President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, she wants to be a senator.

Sara Beltrán, a Salvadoran woman suffering from a brain tumor, was released from immigration jail a month ago. She has since reunited with her family in Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Refugee with Brain Tumor Endures Immigration Ordeal

Central American, Health, Immigration, Queens March 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm

El Diario/La Prensa examines the case of Sara Beltrán, a Salvadoran asylum seeker with a brain tumor in Queens who claims that she has obtained faulty legal counsel for her immigration process.

Tatiana Rojas at her Kingston High School main office. (Photo by Antonio Flores-Lobos via La Voz)

Tatiana Rojas: Bringing Two Worlds Together One Student at a Time

Central American, Education, New York March 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm

From her job at Kingston City School District schools, Tatiana Rojas has become an indispensable link between the recently-arrived unaccompanied minors from Central America in the Hudson Valley and the school district’s teachers, psychologists and social workers, La Voz reports.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Consulate Expands Legal Support for Salvadorans

Central American, Immigration, Metro Area February 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm

The Salvadoran consulate in New Jersey announced that it will offer more legal assistance to nationals in the area, Reporte Hispano reports.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, during the unveiling of the budget for fiscal year 2018 at City Hall. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

De Blasio Confronts ICE Over Detained Undocumented Man

Central American, Government, Immigration, New York February 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm

A 19-year-old Salvadoran detained by ICE becomes a rallying point for Mayor de Blasio and city officials as they stand up for the city’s sanctuary status, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Ana Lorena Siria de Lara, the Salvadoran consul general in New Jersey  (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Salvadorans Wary But Hopeful That Trump Will Not Touch TPS

Central American, Immigration, Metro Area December 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

The Salvadorian community in New Jersey is concerned but hopeful that the Trump administration will renew their temporary protected status (TPS), Reporte Hispano.

Holiday-related Warning on Zika

Holiday-related Warning on Zika

Caribbean, Central American, Health, New York, South American November 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm

City health officials are issuing new warnings about the Zika virus, concerned that holiday-related travel to affected areas might result in more infections.

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on Oct. 31 speaking about his report on city contracts with M/WBEs. (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

Stringer: M/WBE Share of City Spending Falls

New York City agencies again received a D+ grade for their efforts to contract with minority and women-owned businesses, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said Oct. 31, calling for much stronger action to reverse the problem.