Immigration

Suffolk police failing residents

Suffolk police failing residents

Education, Immigration, Opinion October 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Despite touting new translation tools and cursory Spanish-language trainings, Suffolk County police consistently deny basic services to residents with limited English proficiency, according to a coalition of community members and advocates that spoke at a press conference in Bay Shore on September 21.

PAL-born baby’s nationality still unknown

PAL-born baby’s nationality still unknown

Immigration, Southeast Asian October 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

When a baby is born in the US, he or she is automatically given citizenship. But what happens when a Filipino mother gives birth on an airplane on her way to America? A mother found out while on a plane from Manila to San Francisco when she went into labor 30,000 feet above ground.

Razin Ahmed, left, and Rizneylin Batista Diaz lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegience with Tim Houghton of the New York Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Queens welcomes newest Americans

Immigration, In the News, Queens October 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

Queens Center Mall welcomed America’s youngest new citizens in the 11th annual swearing-in ceremony. Thirty children from the ages of 5 and 15 pledged their allegiance to America, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and listened to a video message from President Obama.

The Empire Justice Center’s Cheryl Keshner speaks at a press conference in Bay Shore last week about the need for all Suffolk residents to be able to communicate with police.

Suffolk cops caught with anti-immigrant sign

Immigration, Opinion, Uncategorized September 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Newsday’s Joye Brown reported yesterday on what Latino leaders found when they went inside the Third Precinct in Bay Shore last week. The group had just finished a press conference calling for the Suffolk County Police Department to be more accessible to immigrants following the release of a memo fromRead More

Korean American students offer tutoring

Korean American students offer tutoring

East Asian, Education, Immigration September 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Korean American students at Columbia University have gotten together to offer free English classes for the Korean American community. Edonation, a non-profit organization, will hold vocabulary and pronunciation classes for adults, SAT/AP courses for high school students and Korean classes for kids this fall.

“This website is to unite us as a community so that ‘Poblanos’ both within and outside of the state can rely on a place to express their concerns where we can also organize ourselves to create social change in our daily environment.” Alejandro Armenta Mier, Politician

Website launched for ‘Poblanos’

Culture, Immigration, In the News, New York September 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

An internet site to connect Poblanos—people from the Mexican state of Puebla—living in the United States with  fellow members of their community has been introduced by Poblano politician Alejandro Armenta Mier, who is seeking make  social change through the use of new technology. Armenta Mier launched the Website during theRead More

Korean prostitution in the US is out of control

East Asian, Immigration, In the News, Metro Area September 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

In the past five years, hundreds of Korean immigrants have been arrested for engaging in the sex trade. Now South Korean lawmakers are calling on their government to take action.

Visa lottery is misunderstood

Eastern European, Immigration, In the News, Opinion September 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

For Poles and other Eastern Europeans eager to immigrate to the U.S., their inclusion in the visa lottery offers hopes–but they may be false hopes.

Jose Antonio Vargas

New push for DREAM Act

Immigration, Politics September 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Joined by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, faith leaders have launched a new initiative in New York seeking passage of the DREAM Act, the proposed legislation that would give resident status to undocumented immigrants who serve in the military or attend college.

Feds tell cops to treat immigrants better

Feds tell cops to treat immigrants better

Immigration, In the News September 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

View Justice Department urges Suffolk County police to strengthen response to hate crimes in a larger map A letter to Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy offers the first glimpse at what the Justice Department discovered during its more than two-year investigation into discriminatory policing against Latinos in Suffolk County onRead More

Protest targets immigrant status checks

Protest targets immigrant status checks

Economy, Immigration, In the News September 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Community activists in New York organized a day of protests on Sept. 14 against a controversial bill that would require all employers to check the immigration status of their employees. New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), together with other organizations and local elected officials from Queens, held a workshop to informRead More

Hempstead Fire Department drops policy barring non-citizens

Hempstead Fire Department drops policy barring non-citizens

Immigration, Metro Area September 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

An immigrant needed the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union to be permitted to join a volunteer fire department on Long Island. His successful challenge has led the town of Hempstead to drop its requirement that firefighters be U.S. citizens.

Telling tales to learn English

Telling tales to learn English

Education, Immigration, New York September 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Story Studio helps immigrant children learn English through telling personal stories they have developed, written and illustrated themselves. Students on Long Island showed off their newfound skills at a graduation ceremony. Five New York City middle schools have tried the program, and the federally-funded Story Studio hopes to persuade others to follow.

Does Superman have a green card?

Does Superman have a green card?

Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics, Video September 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Rick Perry admires Superman. But isn’t Superman an undocumented immigrant, asks a hip-hop radio show host?