Don’t Drag Us Into Domestic Politics, Pakistani-Americans Tell Islamabad

Immigration, In the News, Opinion June 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Pakistani-Americans have expressed outrage at a statement by Pakistan’s Attorney General in which he implied that Pakistanis who take United States citizenship remain loyal to Pakistan, despite taking the oath of allegiance to the U.S. Some worry that it will feed into American suspicions about their loyalty to their adopted home.

Members of a Korean adoptee's organization marched in a Korean Parade in Manhattan, New York. (Photo via the Korea Times)

Group Urges Korean-Americans to Adopt Korean Children

Culture, Immigration June 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Korea has traditionally harbored a skepticism about cross-cultural adoption, but in a departure from this attitude, Korean-Americans are increasingly turning to adoption for their own families. We translated the first part of the Korea Times’ three-part series on the phenomenon last week. The second part breaks down some of the numbers on Korean adoption.

Ronald Glemaud in his kitchen preparing food. (Photo: Nadege Fleurimond/Feet in 2 Worlds)

Podcast: Immigration to the U.S. Draws Haitian Men into the Kitchen

Caribbean, Food, Immigration May 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Can immigration subvert traditional gender roles? Reporter Nadege Fleurimond of Feet in 2 Worlds found that for some Haitian men, living in the United States has meant stepping into the kitchen, a territory that they were raised to think of as a woman’s domain.

“José Busca Legalizarse” (José Seeks Legal Status)

New Comic Book Warns Immigrants of Scams

Immigration, Latino May 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

A Jackson Heights-based immigrant advocate group has put out a Spanish graphic novel, “José Busca Legalizarse” (José Seeks Legal Status), to warn immigrants about potential immigration fraud.

The president of the National Assembly, Fernando Cordero made an announcement to inform of first under legislative center for immigrant community in New York. (photo by Zaira Cortés)

Ecuadorean Government Offers Expat Countrymen N.Y. Legislative House

Immigration, Latino May 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Many immigrant communities remain closely connected to politics in their home countries. But Ecuador is actively courting its expatriate citizens — establishing a legislative house in New York, as well as an organization that offers basic medical care to Ecuadoreans here.

Hector Lopez came from Connecticut to protest the implementation of Secure Communities in New York. (Photo by Jeanmarie Evelly)

Immigrants Speak Out Against Deportation Law

Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics May 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Last week’s surprise announcement that a controversial deportation program that uses police fingerprints to identify undocumented immigrants is being implemented in New York tomorrow has infuriated many immigrant advocacy groups and elected officials, who protested the move at a rally this morning.

Yoshihide Yonezawa, the director of Yo-C Salon on East Fifth Street, gives Nobuko Miyazaki an initial "chop cut."(photo by Serena Solomon)

Japanese Hair Salons Bring Harajuku Style to East Village

Business, Immigration May 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm

The Harajuku suburb in Tokyo is famous for its wild street fashion, popularized internationally by the singer Gwen Stefani. Now New Yorkers can bring a bit of authentic Harajuku style to their own looks, at one of a dozen or so Japanese-style hair salons clustered in the East Village, DNAinfo reported.

Photo via The Brooklyn Bureau of City Limits

No Apathy Here: Brooklyn Students Rally for DREAM Act

Education, Immigration May 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Undocumented college students face an uphill battle when it comes to financing their education. But a group of students from Brooklyn college are not taking their predicament lying down — they have joined student groups from across the state in pressing for a New York version of the DREAM Act.

Rainbow Bridges provides guidance on integrating LGBT refugees. (Photo: Claudia A. De La Garza/flickr via Feet in 2 Worlds)

A Guide to Helping LGBT Refugees Integrate

Immigration, LGBTQ May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

An increasing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from across the world are flocking to the United States. Though their reception here in America is far from ideal, they are often fleeing worse discrimination. Some organizations are trying to help these refugees, and to show others how to do the same.

Photo via News India Times

Skilled Worker Visas: Practical or Exploitative?

Immigration, South Asian May 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

An investigation into alleged visa fraud at the Indian technology giant Infosys has stirred a debate on skilled worker visas. Some say that big companies are using these visas to bring in foreign workers at below-market rates, while others argue that companies are adjusting to the needs of doing business in a competitive globalized economy.

Rosemarie Reyes (right, pictured with her family), was one of the children naturalized in a ceremony at the Bronx Zoo.(Photo by Candida Portuguese / EDLP)

Voices in Focus: Man Arrested While Waiting for Ambulance Faces Deportation

Dominican, Immigration, Politics April 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

A Long Island man whose diabetes seizure may have triggered his deportation; Comptroller John Liu’s campaign treasurer indicted; a survey shows that Latinos think well of Jews; Dominican business owners raise campaign money for one of their own; and a naturalization ceremony at the zoo.

"Una Noche," playing at the Tribeca Film Festival, won several awards yesterday. (Photo by Trevor Forest and Shlomo Godder)

Photo Finish: Life Imitates Art

Culture, Featured Posts, Immigration April 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

The two young stars of a movie about Cubans dreaming of fleeing their country to start a new life in Miami made headlines when they fled to Miami, probably to start a new life.

David Cambray's family: (Top) Ramón Gascón Faro, Antonia Agustina and Sebastián Cambray Pueyo; (seated) María Cambray Pueyo, María Armengol Soler and Agustín Cambray Pueyo; and the children Ramón Gascón Cambray, Joseph and James Cambray Armengol. (Photo via El Diario/La Prensa)

A Spanish Family’s Century-Old American Story

Featured Posts, History, Immigration April 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

From the late 19th century until 1931, tens of thousands of Spanish immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, including a man named Agustín Cambray Puello. El Diario introduces us to his grandson, David Cambray, a Spanish-American who has traced the story of his family on both sides of the Atlantic.

Some of the women working with the non-profit Women for Afghan Women posed near their shelters in Fresh Meadows, Queens. (Photo courtesy of Women for Afghan Women)

Afghan Group Braces for Surge of Refugees

Featured Posts, Immigration, Middle Eastern April 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

The Queens non-profit Women for Afghan Women offers accommodation, classes and companionship to Afghan women who find themselves adrift in New York City. The organization is bracing for an influx of new immigrants as the U.S. withdraws troops from Afghanistan over the next few months.

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.