A young woman hold sign that reads: “We are the future.” (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Calls To Expand Summer Youth Employment Program

Government, Labor, New York, Youth February 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Council members and activists are urging the mayor to increase the Summer Youth Employment Program’s budget, El Diario/La Prensa 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.

Participants in a silent march memorializing Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II, many of them survivors, gather in front of the Japanese-American United Church on Seventh Avenue. (Photo by Nomin  Ujiyediin for Voices of NY)

Japanese-Americans Mark WWII Order

Featured Posts, Government, History, Manhattan, Video February 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

A silent march, a series of speakers and an exhibit and performances marked the 75th anniversary of FDR’s executive order which resulted in the internment of 100,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II.

Melissa Mark-Viverito during her State of the City address. (Photo by William Alatriste via El Diario)

Melissa Mark-Viverito Increases Immigrant Protections

Government, Immigration, New York February 17, 2017 at 3:18 pm

During her final State of the City address, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito offered assurances that the city will keep fighting against Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Carlos Menchaca, chair of the Committee on Immigration of the New York City Council, addresses a New York Immigration Coalition briefing, with Suzanne Robinson Davis of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center standing behind him. (Photo by Alex Ayala for Voices of NY)

Re-Election Campaign Ahead for Menchaca

Brooklyn, Government February 15, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Kings County Politics looks at the potential competition for City Council member Carlos Menchaca, who is up for re-election this year, and those campaigning against him.

Bills Perkins (Photo via Amsterdam News)

A Winner for 9th Council District Seat, for Now

Elections 2017, Government, Manhattan, Politics February 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Bill Perkins, who served on the City Council from 1998-2005, handily won a special election for the 9th district seat. But he’ll have to run again in the primary, reports Amsterdam News.

Union City (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Union City Will Also Issue a Municipal ID

Government, Immigration, Metro Area February 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Union City is the latest New Jersey city that will offer a municipal ID for immigrants, free of charge, starting next month, Reporte Hispano reports.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, delivering a speech at Cooper Union in which he told New Yorkers not to be afraid of the rhetoric of President-Elect Donald Trump. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Concern over Possible Expansion of Offenses Leading to Deportation

Government, Immigration, New York February 10, 2017 at 5:36 pm

Raising worries among pro-immigrant advocates, Mayor de Blasio said he will soon announce which felonies will be added to the list of 170 criminal offenses currently considered by the city before releasing an undocumented immigrant to ICE, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Jose Perlata (Photo via El Diario)

Embattled Sen. Peralta Defends Controversial Move

Government, New York, Queens February 8, 2017 at 5:06 pm

As critics accuse him of siding with Republicans in Albany, José Peralta told El Diario/La Prensa that he joined the Independent Democratic Conference in order to have a more productive legislative session regarding projects that defend immigrants.

Assemblyman Francisco Moya (center) presents the legislative package in Albany, with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie alsto at the podium. (Photo by Ana b. Nieto via el Diario)

Immigrants Cheer Bill to Make NY a Sanctuary State

Government, Immigration, New York February 7, 2017 at 8:24 pm

Immigrants expressed great hopes as a legislative package, including the Dream Act once again, was proposed in Albany to extend protection for immigrants, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez, center, announcing the bill. To his immediate left is state senator Marisol Alcántara, and to her left is Assembly member Carmen de la Rosa. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Rodriguez Urges Curbs on Hookah Sales

Government, Health, Latino, Manhattan, Youth February 7, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Legislators from Northern Manhattan are supporting a new NYC bill to curb hookah use and sales, Manhattan Times reports.

Marvin Tavárez, from Local 28, during the protest. Construction workers demonstrate at City Hall. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Construction Workers To Council: Stop the Deaths

Government, Labor, New York February 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Construction workers demand in front of the city council the approval of 21 safety measures to stop the string of accidents that have claimed the lives of 30 people – mostly Hispanic – in the last two years, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer (Photo by Gustavo Martínez Contreras for Voices of NY)

Comptroller Stringer Sounds the Alarm

Government, Immigration, New York January 26, 2017 at 10:39 pm

City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer warns that the city could lose billions of critical federal dollars for being a sanctuary city.

Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that his office is hiring additional immigration attorneys to ensure that immigrants receive fair treatment when arrested in Brooklyn. (Photo by Rob Abruzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Brooklyn DA’s Office to Hire Immigration Attorneys

Brooklyn, Government, Immigration January 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that his office will hire immigration attorneys to help prevent immigrants from getting deported over misdemeanors, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Mayor de Blasio, with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at his side, at a promotional event for IDNYC in 2015. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office, via City Limits)

More on the IDNYC Brouhaha

Government, Immigration, New York, Police, Politics January 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

City Limits writes about how NYC originally planned not to retain records as part of its IDNYC program, and how the current controversy over the records could have been averted.