Chart by Kurt Hoffman/The Jewish Daily Forward

Drop in Israeli Immigration to U.S. Tied to Unemployment Rate

Economy, Immigration April 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm

American Jews and Israelis living abroad are moving to Israel in increasing numbers, while the number of Israelis immigrating to America has dropped in recent years. The shift may appear to show the success of Israeli policies that encourage immigration, but experts say it has more to do with the U.S. unemployment rate.

Nohemi Ixmata and her children, Yulmi y Aarón. She is from the Altiplano (highlands) of Guatemala and came to Bensonhurst nine years ago. (Photo by Carmen Molina-Tamacas/EDLP)

A ‘Little Guatemala’ Emerges in Bensonhurst

Demographics, Immigration April 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

El Diario La Prensa introduces us to a Guatemalan enclave in the southeastern corner of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where family, traditions and religion take the lead.

Protesters held rallies outside the Supreme Court yesterday. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue/flickr via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Dispatch from D.C.: Justices, Protesters Mull Arizona Immigration Law

Immigration, Politics April 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds offered a taste of the scene outside and inside the Supreme Court yesterday, as the justices heard arguments on SB 1070, a controversial Arizona law that requires the police to question people about immigration status if they have a “reasonable suspicion” the person is undocumented.

Immigrants Skeptical of Obama’s Commitment to Immigration Reform

Immigration, Politics, Video April 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

The Polish publication Nowy Dziennik covered President Barack Obama’s interview with the Spanish television station Univision last week, in which he discussed immigration reform. Polish-Americans, like other immigrants, remain skeptical of the President’s promises, after what many consider a disappointing first term.

Students from New York State Youth Leadership Council have walked from New York City to Albany to show their support for the state's DREAM Act. (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

Undocumented Students’ 150-Mile Trek for a DREAM

Education, Featured Posts, Immigration April 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Last week, a group of undocumented students arrived in Albany after a 150-mile, eight-day walk from New York City, to urge state legislators to pass the New York State DREAM Act, Gotham Gazette reported.

Filipino nurses protesting to save their jobs at the Peninsula Hospital Center in Far Rockaway, Queens. (Photo via Filipino Reporter)

Voices in Focus: Filipino Nurses Hit Hard by Peninsula Hospital Closure

Dominican, Immigration, Politics April 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Services on hand for immigrants seeking naturalization advice and prescription information; the 100 Filipino nurses from the shuttered Peninsula Hospital worry about their futures; a hyperlocal success story from Connecticut; a Dominican politician causes a small firestorm; and an Indian man convicted of supporting Hezbollah.

Rabin Kumar Biswokarma said he was underpaid as a kitchen assistant at Long Island's Masala Wok & Grill. (Photo via The South Asian Times)

Nepali Describes Harsh Conditions, Wage Theft at Long Island Indian Restaurant

Immigration, South Asian April 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

A Nepali immigrant prep cook says that he was forced to work long hours for little or no pay, and was essentially imprisoned in group housing on Long Island while working at Masala Wok & Grill, an Indian fusion restaurant in Selden, Long Island.

Juan Bas (Photo via Filipino Reporter)

Profile: Fil-Am Author Borrows From His Own Immigrant Experience

Culture, Immigration April 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Juan Bas, a New Jersey Filipino-American whose debut novel, “Back Kicks and Broken Promises” was published by Abbott Press, explained the process and ideas behind the book to the Filipino Reporter in a recent interview. He describes the book as “‘The Namesake’ meets ‘The Karate Kid’ meets ‘The Catcher in the Rye.’”

Voices in Focus: U.S. Apologizes for Shah Rukh Khan Detention

Immigration, Media April 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan detained again at an NYC-area airport; Chinatown business owners win a victory; the Epoch Times lays off 15 in Canada; a series of weekly protests for unarmed teen shot by police.

This photo, via Feet in Two Worlds, was drawn by an immigrant middle school student for the Urban Arts Partnership's Story Studio Project.

Tips For Immigrant Families Navigating NYC Schools

Education, Featured Posts, Immigration April 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Columnist Nancy Bruni — who moved to the United States from Taiwan as a child — breaks down the options for immigrant children learning English in the New York City school system, and offers some tips for parents, too.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Rosemary Yu spoke to the Chinese media about the immigration fraud that is plaguing Chinese immigrants. (Photo by Daqi Liu/World Journal)

Fake Lawyers Prey on Chinese Immigrants

Crime, Immigration April 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Con artists who claim to be lawyers or immigration officials have preyed on New York City’s Chinese immigrants, duping them into shelling out money for spurious services, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. told members of the Chinese press last week.

In Union City, N.J., where menus reflect the influence of its Cuban residents. (Photo by Gerardo Romo/EDLP)

Immigration is Not Political for New Wave of Cuban Professionals in NJ

Immigration, Latino, Metro Area April 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

An El Diario La Prensa article puts the spotlight on a recent immigration trend in New Jersey: the arrival of young, college-educated Cubans who are looking for economic opportunity, not fleeing the political system.

After Half a Century, a Beloved Language School Faces Shutdown

After Half a Century, a Beloved Language School Faces Shutdown

Education, Immigration March 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

For the past 50 years, thousands of immigrants, including Poles, have learned English and picked up American culture at the International Center. The Center is now on the verge of closing, but its students and teachers are scrambling to save it.

(Photo from FilAm)

Transgender Filipina Sex Workers Stay in U.S. Despite Dangers

Immigration, LGBTQ March 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Transgender and transsexual people often face stereotypes and abuse. But for immigrants, especially those who engage in sex work, living as a transgender person brings on a whole slew of other challenges, including social stigmas, cultural conflicts and threats of arrest and deportation, FilAm reports.

Nancy Bruny and her teenage son, Alessandro, rediscovered her homeland of Taiwan together.

Essay: The Bad American

East Asian, Featured Posts, Immigration March 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

After four decades in America, a Taiwanese immigrant returns to her homeland with her teenage son. But while he discovers a part of his identity there, she finds that she has become a foreigner in her own country.