Central American

How Gang Databases and Detentions Affect Communities

How Gang Databases and Detentions Affect Communities

A new study from the New York Immigration Coalition and the CUNY School of Law’s Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic describes how innocent immigrants are being swept up in the government’s targeting of gangs.

Mateo Flores, who is running for a seat on the Westbury School District board. (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Flores Seeks to Be Second Hispanic on Westbury School Board

Central American, Elections 2018, Long Island May 14, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Long Island Salvadoran-American Mateo Flores seeks to be the second Hispanic on the board of the predominantly Latino school district of Westbury, La Tribuna Hispana reports.

Richard Fleming at the exhibit’s opening. (Photo via El Diario)

Art Exhibition: ‘The Migration Lottery’

Central American, Immigration, Mexican, New York May 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Brooklyn-based artist Richard Fleming has re-imagined Mexico’s traditional “Lotería” game to illustrate the cruelty and danger immigrants encounter in their journey in search of the American dream, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Demonstrators rallied Dec. 4, 2017 in Manhattan's Union Square to support Salvador Nasralla, one of two presidential candidates to declare victory after Honduras' presidential election on Nov. 26, and protest political repression and electoral fraud by the incumbent administration of Juan Orlando Hernández. (Photo by Joe Catron, Creative Commons license)

TPS to End for Hondurans

Central American, Immigration, New York May 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm

The Trump administration is ending temporary protected status for Hondurans, a move that will affect thousands in the New York metro area.

Parishioners at Our Lady of Victory church in Claremont, where many Hondurans pray. (Photo by Paula Moura via Mott Haven Herald)

The Fears of a South Bronx Honduran Family

Bronx, Central American, Immigration April 30, 2018 at 3:51 pm

A Mott Haven Herald story on a mixed-status Honduran family takes a look at the thousands-strong community in the South Bronx.

Guatemalan immigrant Aura Hernández with her children, Camila and Daniel, in the Upper West Side church Fourth Universalist Society. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

‘I’m No Fugitive,’ Says 2nd Immigrant Refugee in Manhattan Church

Central American, Immigration, Manhattan, Religion April 2, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Aura Hernández, the second Guatemalan mother who has sought refuge in a Manhattan church fearing deportation, says she was abused by a Border Patrol officer and vows to resist ICE, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Karen Reyes, in her new role as a CUNY student. She wants to study to become a podiatrist and help immigrant children. (Photo via El Diario)

The Ordeal of a Beauty Queen Threatened by MS-13

Central American, Immigration, New York February 20, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Karen Reyes is a refugee of gang violence in El Salvador who was granted U.S. asylum and is a CUNY student, but her family is now at risk of being deported, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Immigrants are not shopping or spending the way they used to. The cancellation of TPS is hitting Long Island businesses. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

LI Businesses Feel the Pinch of End of TPS

Business, Central American, Long Island February 14, 2018 at 5:17 pm

The effects of the cancellation of TPS for Salvadorans is already felt in local Long Island businesses as customers are trying to save money and it’s more difficult to find workers, Noticia Long Island reports.

Immigration lawyer Christopher Worth speaking at a Riverhead session for Salvadorans with TPS (Photo by Kelly Zegers via Riverhead News-Review)

Advising North Fork Salvadorans

Central American, Economy, Labor, Long Island January 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm

An immigration session was held on Long Island for Salvadorans with TPS, some of whom make up the large number of farmworkers in the area and whose departure could leave a sizable economic impact, reports Riverhead News-Review.

Long Island cook Hugo Rodríguez. Salvadorans fear that their families will be separated when TPS comes to an end.
(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Salvadorans Fear Family Separation after TPS Suspension

Central American, Long Island, Metro Area, New York January 9, 2018 at 5:03 pm

As the Trump administration decided not to renew the temporary protected status (TPS) for more than 250,000 Salvadorans, activists warn of the “catastrophic impact” on New York City’s socioeconomic and immigration-related matters, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Demonstrators rallied in Manhattan's Union Square to support Salvador Nasralla, one of two presidential candidates to declare victory after Honduras' presidential election on November 26, and protest political repression and electoral fraud by the incumbent administration of Juan Orlando Hernández. (Photo by Joe Catron, Creative Commons license)

Instability in Honduras Stirs Worry Among TPS Beneficiaries

Central American, Immigration, Politics December 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Honduran activists are increasingly worried about political upheaval back home and its repercussions for beneficiaries of TPS in New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.  

Protest in favor of TPS extension at 26 Federal Plaza. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

New Yorkers Call for TPS Extension

Central American, Immigration, New York November 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm

As Central Americans are at risk of deportation because of termination of protection status, New York activists and advocates warn of devastating consequences for hundreds of thousands of families across the country, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?

Is There Such a Thing as a Free Lunch?

Central American, Food, New York, Religion, Video October 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm

CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” looks at questions of funding related to the city’s Free School Lunch for All program. Also covered is a campaign to educate Americans on the Sikh community, and a documentary on Mayan resistance in Guatemala.

Guatemalan band María Bonita (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Guatemalans Expand into Paterson

Central American, Metro Area September 28, 2017 at 10:34 am

As was clear in the latest Central American Independence Day celebrations, the Guatemalan community has grown enormously in Paterson, New Jersey, Reporte Hispano reports.

Ana Ruiz, from Guatemala, suffered discrimination at her workplace due to her national origin. (Photo by Zaira Cortes via El Diario)

Workplace Discrimination Complaints on the Rise in New York

Central American, Immigration, Labor, Mexican September 26, 2017 at 4:45 pm

The case of a Guatemalan worker discriminated against by Mexicans highlights a 60 percent increase in labor complaints in New York over mistreatment based on race, religion and gender, El Diario/La Prensa reports.