Immigration

Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza in Queens Community Board 3, which recently started a new committee to address the needs of the neighborhood’s immigrant residents. (Photo by Sadia Haque via City Limits)

Queens CB Adds an Immigration Committee

Immigration, Queens May 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Community Board 3, which includes some of the most diverse areas in the country, created a Committee for Immigration Affairs in hopes of addressing issues of importance to immigrants, reports City Limits.

Wage theft victim Raúl Alarcón with Assembly Member Catalina Cruz and Manuel Castro, from NICE (Photo by Edwin Martinez via El Diario)

Making Wage Theft Punishable by Imprisonment

Immigration, Labor May 22, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Assembly Member Catalina Cruz unveiled a proposal to turn wage theft into a crime punishable with prison time in New York State, in a bid to put an end to a widespread practice that is exploiting immigrants, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Mayor Bill de Blasio holding aloft the executive order he signed on May 22 mandating that at least  50 percent of ad spending by all NYC agencies be allocated to community and ethnic media. To his immediate right is Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs, and to her right is Lisette Camilo, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (Photo by Jehangir Khattak for Voices of NY)

‘At Least’ Half of City Ad $ to Go to Community and Ethnic Media

Featured Posts, Immigration, Media, Politics May 22, 2019 at 5:10 pm

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order on May 22 mandating that more than 50% of spending by all city agencies on advertising go toward print and digital publication in the community and ethnic media.

Armando Sánchez, from Mexico and Angelina Rivera, from Honduras, reject Trump’s immigration plan. (Photo via El Diario)

‘Another Slap in the Face:’ Latinos Blast Trump’s Immigration Plan

Government, Immigration, Latino, New York May 20, 2019 at 5:53 pm

New York Hispanic residents, activists and elected leaders blasted the Trump administration’s proposal to move to a “merit-based” immigration system, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Visiting nurse in tenement yard, circa 1912. Photo by Jessie Tarbox Beals (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives)

‘The Lung Block’ – Disrupting a Narrative about Italian Immigrants

How genealogical research on an Italian ancestor resulted in a re-evaluation of immigrant history in a square block of Lower Manhattan.

Lovely Tejada during the demonstration to demand more funds for immigration programs. (Photo by Edwin Martinez via El Diario)

Activists Press for More City Funding for Immigrants in 2020 Budget

Government, Immigration, New York May 16, 2019 at 5:27 pm

Only weeks away from the approval of the fiscal year 2020 budget, activists and organizations step up the pressure to increase funds for programs that help immigrants and those most vulnerable, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Saviana Stanescu next to a poster for her play "New York with an Accent" showing in 2014 at the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, Transylvania (Photo courtesy of Saviana Stanescu)

A Romanian Writer’s Take on the Immigrant Life in NYC

Culture, Immigration May 15, 2019 at 5:18 pm

An immigrant artist from Romania offers a “performative lecture” with photos, monologues and poems, reflecting on the life she left behind and her new life here.

Council members and immigration attorneys ask Judge DiFiore to prevent ICE from entering courts. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Planned Expansion of List of ‘Deportable’ Crimes in NYC Draws Outcry

Immigration May 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm

Community activists expressed concern that the city is straying from its sanctuary mission as City Hall is considering expanding the list of crimes that could lead to deportation, and increased ICE cooperation, in New York, El Diario La Prensa reports.

An English teacher chats about "The Crucible" with her class at ELLIS Prep Academy in the Bronx, a transfer school that serves immigrant students. (Photo by Reema Amin via Chalkbeat)

NYS Officials Propose More Teacher Training on English Learners

Education, Immigration, New York May 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm

New York State education officials recommend that some of the hours in teacher preparation programs be devoted to understanding language development among learners of English, reports Chalkbeat.

Mariel Fiori (Photo via La Voz)

Driving Licenses: The Time is Now!

Immigration, New York, Transportation May 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm

An editorial in La Voz, based in the Hudson Valley, writes why it is an opportune time for the New York State Legislature to pass the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act.

Demonstration at Amazon’s offices to protest the company’s cooperation with ICE. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

A May Day to Demand Respect for Immigrants

Immigration, Labor, New York May 2, 2019 at 3:03 pm

Immigrant rights, the Census citizenship question and fair wages were at the forefront of issues raised at this year’s May 1 events in New York and Los Angeles, El Diario La Prensa and La Opinión report.

Queens Night Market Opens for 5th Season

Queens Night Market Opens for 5th Season

Culture, Featured Posts, Food, Immigration, Queens April 30, 2019 at 5:07 pm

The Queens Night Market at Flushing Meadows Corona Park features more than 50 food vendors and 20 art vendors this year.

Legislators Push Health Care Initiative for Undocumented Immigrants   

Legislators Push Health Care Initiative for Undocumented Immigrants  

Health, Immigration April 25, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Latina legislators Catalina Cruz and Julia Salazar are introducing a bill in Albany that would give undocumented immigrants access to the New York State Health Benefit Exchange coverage, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Tanabel Table’s first cook Fayza Maamo (center), with her daughter Fadila (left), and Tanabel founder chef Hannah Goldberg. (Photo by Rachel Elkind via QNS)

Refugee Chefs Prepare Middle Eastern Specialties

Brooklyn, Food, Immigration, Queens April 25, 2019 at 4:39 pm

QNS profiles Middle East food vendor Tanabel Table.

Steve Choi, from the NYIC, wants more funding allocated to promoting the 2020 Census. (Photo via El Diario)

Demanding Funds for NY’s 2020 Census Count

Demographics, Immigration, New York April 24, 2019 at 3:48 pm

Pro-immigration advocates urged the city and the state to double the funds allocated to the 2020 Census, arguing that a thorough counting of all immigrant communities is vital for New York’s political and financial strength, El Diario La Prensa reports.