Immigration

Detained dad released

Immigration, In the News, Queens, South Asian December 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

A detained immigrant who had been held for more than nine months without deportation has been released. Taimur Hussain was released from a federal lockup after weeks of fierce maneuvering by a team of lawyers.

Brooklyn's Chinatown/Tiffany Ap

Brooklyn Chinatown bursting at seams

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture, Economy, Environment, Immigration December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

A growing Chinese population in Brooklyn has led to shoppers gridlock in Sunset Park’s Chinatown. The Brooklyn Ink reports that while zoning laws prevent Chinese business owners from expanding further, a strong belief in “lucky number eight” is keeping merchants clustered on Eighth Avenue where Chinatown was formed three decades ago.

Mali women in traditional African dress in the Bronx

Africans, Albanians, Bengalis thrive in Bronx

Ethnic communities are making progress in the Bronx. A series of reports in The Bronx Ink highlights three groups that experienced significant growth spurts in recent years.

Vacil (3 dots) tattooed between fingers mean jail, the street, or death

“La Mara es mi padre” – how violent gangs recruit teens

Education, Immigration, New York December 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Far from the aggressive images of the Central American Mara Salvatrucha – shaved heads, tattoos on their faces and bodies – the MS13 on Long Island goes about unnoticed. Only the “vacil” (3 dots) tattooed between a person’s fingers, or on the side of their left eye, can identify a member.

Colorlines has campaigned to drop the phrase "illegal immigrants" from common use. (Photo via Colorlines)

Some success with campaign to drop the i-word

Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics December 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

It’s an Herculean task. But the folks at Colorlines are not shying away from a campaign persuading the media to stop referring to people as “illegal immigrants” or “illegal aliens.” In this editorial, Colorlines reports that 2011 was a big year. The New York Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times,Read More

American Hindus embrace Christmas

American Hindus embrace Christmas

Culture, Immigration, In the News, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Hindus across America are getting into the Christmas spirit. The News India Times reports that Indian migrants have embraced the Christian holiday, putting up trees and immersing themselves into the process of gift giving and family togetherness.

Pakistani-Americans worry about breakdown in relations

Immigration, In the News, New York, Politics, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Pakistani-Americans are concerned about the latest slump in relations between their two countries. The long standing strain escalated on May 1, when US Navy Seals raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama Bin Laden, without prior warning to the Pakistani government.

Rivera-James family spending Christmas in city shelter

Christmas in a city shelter

Economy, Housing, Immigration, New York December 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

When seven-year-old Anthony wrote his letter to Santa Claus asking for Christmas presents, his first request was a house for his family. “I want a nice house for my mother, where my friends can come and play with me and we can all have fun,” said Anthony, serious-faced as heRead More

Young Filipino in New York longs for home

Immigration, In the News, New York December 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

“In the Philippines, we play basketball in flip flops,” says Jasper Davis as he watches a player dunk a ball into the hoop at Columbus Park in Chinatown, Manhattan. Davis, 21, who came to America when he was 17, looks for just about anything that can remind him of hisRead More

The death of Chinatown?

The death of Chinatown?

Asian, Economy, Immigration, New York December 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

A firestorm has erupted over the idea that the rise of China could lead to the fall of American Chinatowns.

Vendors sell goods along Roosevelt Avenue

Roosevelt Avenue “out of control”

Economy, Environment, Featured Posts, Immigration, Queens December 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Along Roosevelt Avenue’s 30 block stretch in Queens, you can buy pretty much anything you can think of — prostitutes, forged documents, food from uninspected kitchens, items from unlicensed vendors.

Special visa for the Irish?

Immigration, In the News, Opinion, Politics, Western European December 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

The Irish Echo is making a case for special US immigrant visas for residents of Ireland. In a Dec. 14 editorial, the paper argues that the Irish have watched from the sidelines since the 1960s, as America turned to other nations to boost diversity.

Queens children appeal for release of detained dad

Kids press for detained dad’s release

Immigration, Metro Area, Queens December 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Two Queens children are asking the federal government to release their dad from an immigration detention center in New Jersey. Bangladesh national Taimur Hussain has been detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center for eight months.

Children write letters to stop deportations

Immigration, In the News, Politics December 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

The “We Belong Together” initiative sent thousands of letters written by children to Congress asking to end deportations and keep families together.

Honduras asylum seeker awaits deportation

Immigration, In the News, Latino December 14, 2011 at 1:05 am

Héctor Ortega-Valladares has been in prison for nearly five months waiting to be deported. He survived cancer, and a nasty fall in the immigration detention center, but he fears he will not survive repatriation in his native Honduras.