Central American

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.

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.