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.

Attorney Stan Germán talked about the concerns expressed by immigrants who fear going to court because of “la migra.” (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Mayor Urged to Offer Immigrants More Protections

Immigration, New York February 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Activists unconvinced by Mayor de Blasio’s plans to defend immigrants are demanding more guarantees, particularly regarding “broken windows” policing, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Chinese-American Filmmaker Sees Family Story in Colombian Immigrant’s Story

Chinese-American Filmmaker Sees Family Story in Colombian Immigrant’s Story

Culture, East Asian, Immigration, South American February 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm

The Queens World Film Festival will feature “Undocumented,” a documentary on an undocumented immigrant turned top cardiologist. Filmmaker Patricia Shih explains to World Journal how she sees her own father’s story in that of Dr. Harold Fernandez.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Plainfield Approves Sanctuary Resolution

Immigration, Metro Area February 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm

In response to President Trump’s “xenophobic campaign rhetoric,” the City Council of Plainfield, New Jersey, approved a resolution to protect its large immigrant community from ICE, Reporte Hispano reports.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito during her state of the city speech on Feb. 17, in which she pledged that NYC will protect its immigrants.  (Screen shot from NYC Council video on @MMViverito)

More Immigrants Expected to Seek Protection in NYC

Immigration, New York February 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm

In light of measures taken by the Trump administration, local elected officials and organizations expect a potential influx of immigrants from other states seeking protection in New York City, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Venezuelan restaurant El Cocotero closed and posed a sign that read: “We love America but Government doesn’t not love us.” (Photo: Mariela Lombard via El Diario NY)

Immigrant Strike is Felt Throughout NYC

Business, Immigration, Latino, New York February 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm

El Diario reports on the immigrants who took part in the “Day Without Immigrants” protest, and the employers who supported them. Queens Latino, meanwhile, takes a look at how the demonstration shuttered parts of Roosevelt Avenue.

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.

Lawsuits charging police abuse have increased. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Free Workshops for Immigrants to Self-Protect Against ICE, NYPD

Brooklyn, Immigration, Latino, Police February 17, 2017 at 8:57 am

Community groups are organizing biweekly free workshops in Sunset Park to inform immigrants about their rights and about how to deal with NYPD and ICE agents, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Myongju Kang (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean American on His Cross-Country Run

East Asian, Immigration, Sports February 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Myongku Kang has written a book about his cross-country trip across the U.S. on foot, and now plans to take his efforts overseas, Korea Daily reports.

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.

Attorney John Travis with Catholic Charities in New York

More Unease For Migrants as Trump Halts ‘Catch and Release’

Immigration, New York February 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Immigrants seeking refugee status are alarmed by Trump’s executive order ending a policy which allow migrants deemed low-risk to remain at large pending a hearing. However, local activists say that there are no funds to enforce the new rules, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

NJ Push For Sanctuary Cities at Statewide, Local Levels

Immigration, Metro Area February 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

As New Jersey legislators introduced an innovative alternative to the possible loss of federal funding for sanctuary cities, street protest asked New Brunswick to join the list, Reporte Hispano reports.

Iuri, with his mother Brigida resting her hand on his shoulder. (Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

For One ‘Dreamer,’ a Time of Suspense

Featured Posts, Immigration, Metro Area, Western European February 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm

A teenage DACA recipient in Newark, New Jersey, had looked forward to getting his driver’s license and going to college. But now he and his family await an uncertain future.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

NJ Clergy Support Immigrants

Immigration, Latino, New York February 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Around 100 priests from different NJ churches showed up at the deportation proceedings of two immigrants to express their support, 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.