Immigration

The Brooklyn Irish LGBTQ Organization (Photo by Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden via Irish Central)

A First for the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade

Brooklyn, Immigration, LGBTQ, Western European March 15, 2019 at 7:36 pm

An LGBTQ contingent will march in the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year for the first time, reports Irish Central. Meanwhile, The Wave reports that the grand marshal of the Manhattan parade spoke out against anti-immigrant sentiment.

Mariana Romero Toledo Arepas Café restaurant in Astoria. (Photo by Danny Mendoza via Queens Latino)

Venezuelans in Queens: Lives Upended

Immigration, Latino, Queens March 14, 2019 at 6:33 pm

Queens Latino has compiled several voices of Venezuelans in New York distraught by the country’s crisis but hopeful for the future and, in some cases, longing for U.S. intervention.

Demonstrators in Albany ask for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. (Photo via El Diario)

Clamor for Driver’s Licenses Bill Reaches Albany

Government, Immigration, New York, Transportation March 13, 2019 at 5:07 pm

A broad pro-immigrant coalition and several legislators marched in Albany to urge the State Legislature to include in the next budget legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to have access to a driver’s license, El Diario La Prensa reports.

The site of shuttered storefronts has caused concerns all over the city, as commercial rents reportedly rise. (Photo via City Limits)

Report: How Rising Rents Hurt Immigrant Small Businesses

Business, Immigration, New York March 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm

A study released by the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development finds that 77 percent of immigrant small business owners surveyed felt “overburdened” by the rent they currently pay, reports City Limits.

Julie Menin, recently named Director of the Census for NYC, addressing community and ethnic media at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak)

NYC to ‘Light a Fire’ for a Complete Census Count

Demographics, Featured Posts, Government, Immigration March 7, 2019 at 6:21 pm

The new director of the Census for NYC met with the community and ethnic media on March 7 at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Biomedical engineer Muhammed Rufai Batmanoglu, with a PhD from Turkey, has been driving for Uber and Lyft for the last two years. (Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

‘Structural Underemployment’ Among Immigrant Professionals

Immigration, Labor March 5, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Immigrant professionals have a hard time finding jobs that match their skills and knowledge base, reports City Limits.

Assembly member Catalina Cruz, Zach Ahmad and Natalia Francisco and at the forum entitled “Driver’s Licenses Now: The Path, the Benefits and How It Will Work in NY.” (Photo by Edwin Martinez via El Diario)

Panel Urges Albany to Pass Driver’s Licenses Bill that Benefits ‘Everyone’

Immigration, New York, Transportation March 4, 2019 at 6:19 pm

A panel of elected officials, community leaders and immigrant workers urged Albany to pass a driver’s licenses for the undocumented bill, touting its overall economic benefits for New Yorkers, El Diario La Prensa reports.

(from the post by the National TPS Alliance, on Medium)

Some TPS Holders Get Reprieve to Jan. 2020

Immigration March 1, 2019 at 5:31 pm

Sudanese, Nicaraguan, Haitian and Salvadoran TPS holders have received a reprieve until Jan. 2, 2020 from the Department of Homeland Security.

New York State senator Jessica Ramos, speaking at a rally for justice reform. (Photo via El Diario)

One-Day Sentence Reduction Would Protect Immigrants from Deportation

Immigration, New York February 27, 2019 at 5:01 pm

A NY Senate bill reducing the maximum sentence for misdemeanor offenses from one year to 364 days would improve significantly the chances of immigrants caught in minor offenses to keep their immigration benefits, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Students in Denver protest President Trump's decision to end DACA in September 2017. (Photo by Melanie Asmar via Chalkbeat)

NY DREAM Act Approved But Fears Persist

Education, Immigration, New York February 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm

A month after legislators passed the New York State DREAM Act, Chalkbeat takes a look at why students and families remain reluctant to apply for tuition assistance.

Mexican-American Agustina Pérez said she experienced first-hand the anguish of ICE’s actions when her mother was detained. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Deportation Report Suggests NYC is ‘Capital of ICE’

Immigration, New York February 22, 2019 at 5:44 pm

A report by City Comptroller Scott Stringer about the spike in deportations in New York City since Trump took office has further alarmed immigrants, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Members from the Liberian community gathered together on Sunday in the Christ Assembly Lutheran Church, Staten Island

One Month Left for Some Liberian Immigrants

African, Immigration, Staten Island February 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Members of Staten Island’s Liberian community in the Deferred Enforced Departure program explore their options as the protected status comes to an end, reports NY City Lens.

Comptroller Scott Stringer presented a report revealing that approving driver’s licenses for undocumented people benefits the economy. (Photo provided to El Diario)

Driver’s Licenses Advocates Emboldened by Comptroller Report

Immigration, New York February 19, 2019 at 5:21 pm

Pro-immigrant advocates pushing for driver’s licenses for undocumented people got a boost by a report from Comptroller Scott Stringer revealing that such a bill would benefit the New York economy, El Diario La Prensa reports.

(Screen shot from a video by Jennifer Martinez via Noticia LI)

‘They Will Have to Listen to Us’ – Scenes from a TPS Protest in DC

Immigration, Latino, New York February 15, 2019 at 5:21 pm

Hundreds of TPS beneficiaries, many of them from Long Island and New York, walked the streets of Washington to demand a permanent solution to their status, Noticia Long Island reports.

Alejandra Silva-Exias is one of the volunteer attorneys who joined Catholic Charities’ state-backed program. (Photo via El Diario)

Online Campaign Recruits Volunteer Lawyers for Immigrants

Immigration, New York, Social Services February 14, 2019 at 11:53 am

Due to the massive backlog of immigration cases in courts, the state, along with Catholic Charities, has launched an online campaign aiming to recruit volunteer lawyers to offer legal services to low-income immigrants, El Diario La Prensa reports.