Marina Lagunova / Russian Reklama

In Brooklyn’s Little Odessa, Traditions and Memories

Eastern European, Immigration September 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

The Russian Reklama offered a glimpse into Brooklyn’s “Little Odessa,” where immigrants from the Ukrainian seaport gather.

The Tenement Museum preserves the living spaces of turn-of-the-century Lower East Side. (Photo by shawnhoke/Flickr via Feet in 2 Worlds))

A Meeting of New York City Immigrants a Century Apart

Education, Immigration August 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

A group of Chinese ESL students recently discussed their immigrant experiences with a 14-year-old Sephardic Jewish immigrant from Europe in the early 20th century — part of a historical exhibition at Lower Manhattan’s Tenement Museum, Feet in Two Worlds reported.

Photo by Dai Chi Liu / World Journal

Help With Deferred Action is on Hand

Immigration, In the News, Politics August 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, young undocumented immigrants can apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation, but many potential applicants still have questions about how the plan will work. The New York Immigration Coalition and other organizations addressed some of these questions at a forum last week, reported the World Journal.

An image from Khazar Fatemi's documentary, "Where My Heart Beats."

Video: Back Home, to a War Zone

Culture, Featured Posts, Immigration, Video August 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Khazar Fatemi and her family fled violence in Afganistan when she was 8, and moved to Sweden, where she grew up to became a successful journalist on a national television station. After September 11, 2001, Fatemi felt a need rediscover her roots, and explore her memories of Afghanistan, so she returned to her birthplace to film her documentary, “Where My Heart Beats.” Fatemi sat down for this video interview with Voices of NY on a recent visit to New York City.

WNYC Highlights Ethnic Press Coverage of Ryan, Deferred Action

Elections 2012, Immigration, In the News, Politics August 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Voices of NY’s Indrani Sen appeared on WNYC this afternoon to discuss reactions from the ethnic and community press to Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick, Paul Ryan, and coverage of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan.

Kristen Clarke (left), civil rights chief for the New York Attorney General, Fatima Shama, city immigrant affairs commisioner and Andrea Quarantillo, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services director of New York City. (Felipe Cabrera)

Some Questions and Answers on Deferred Action

Featured Posts, Immigration August 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

At Baruch College yesterday, city and federal government officials offered pointers and took questions about the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which started accepting applications on Wednesday.

(Photo via Russkaya Reklama)

Fraud, Prostitution Ignite Clampdown on Russian Student Workers

Education, Immigration August 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Russkaya Reklama looks into why the usual 30,000 Russian-speaking youths that come to America on J-1 summer work visas dropped to only 8,000 this year, and reports that enforcement has tightened because of illegal practices including false employment contracts, prostitution and bank fraud schemes.

(Photo via Korea Daily)

Deported Korean Adoptees, Outsiders in Two Societies

East Asian, Immigration August 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

The Korea Daily outlines the plight of Korean-American adoptees who find themselves deported, caught between the two countries, and sometimes in even worse trouble.

Anthony Rodríguez is the first Hispanic to play the role of 'El Giglio', an Italian religious festival that takes place in El Barrio. (Via El DIario)

Voices in Focus: On Empty Stomachs, Vendors Cook Through Ramadan

Culture, Immigration, Video August 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Today marks the kick-off of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program. We have a selection of stories on this milestone, as well as a video on how Muslim food vendors fast during Ramadan and a feature on the first Latino to play the lead role in an Italian festival in El Barrio.

(anksampedro/Flickr via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Voices in Focus: A Warning to Immigrants on ‘Deferred Action’ Plan

Business, Immigration August 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

In today’s news from New York’s ethnic and community press: advice and resources for undocumented immigrants seeking “deferred action” under a new plan; a Chinese-bilingual charter school in Flushing; and a Dominican food safety scare has repercussions for a Bronx-based salami company.

Immigration Information Just Got Easier to Access

Communities, Immigration August 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Through its new Multilingual Resource Center, information and forms from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website will now be available in 22 languages, and questions from the naturalization test will be published in seven languages. These changes were reported by Russian Bazaar and Korea Daily.

(Via Russkaya Reklama)

Escaping Putin’s ‘Paradise’

Immigration, In the News August 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

After anti-government protests in Moscow on May 6th, thousands of Russians were arrested and some now face criminal charges and the possibility of 10-year sentences. In light of that, we have translated a piece from Russkaya Reklama in which a political refugee was interviewed about his experience adapting to life in the U.S..

Chris Crane is the the president of the union, the national Immigration and Customs Enforcement council. (via

Opinion: Sabotaging Deferred Deportation

Immigration August 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

In the 21st-century United States, employees of the country’s immigration agency can say whatever they like, without any consequences, including declaring that they will not follow presidential directives or those of their [agency] superiors.

(Photo from La Tribuna Hispana)

Celebrating Salvadoran-American Day With Personal Stories

Immigration, Latino August 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

In honor of the 6th annual Salvadoran-American Day, La Tribuna Hispana shares stories from Salvadoran-Americans whose pursuit of a better life in a new country resulted in very different outcomes.

(Photo via The Indypendent)

Fingerprint-Sharing Program Increases Immigrant Mistrust of NYPD

Crime, Immigration August 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Ten weeks since the Secure Communities information-sharing system between police and immigration authorities went into effect in New York City, The Indypendent examines how the controversial program has played out in immigrant communities.