Vendors Seek Apology For ‘Terrible Citizens’ Comment

Vendors Seek Apology For ‘Terrible Citizens’ Comment

Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor March 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

The battle between street vendors and the 34th Street Partnership business improvement district continues. In response to comments made by the organization’s president, a group of vendors — many of them Latino immigrants — joined the Street Vendor Project to rally outside the Partnership’s office, demanding an apology.

Voices in Focus: Memories of ‘La Chiva’

Culture, Immigration, Video March 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

A Colombian journalist reflects on being an outsider in her homeland and an immigrant here; the threat of deportation hangs over a young activist; an update on 2010’s Chinatown fire; and an app for immigrants facing arrest or detention.

Arab Immigrants Consider Returning Home After Revolutions

Immigration, In the News, Middle Eastern March 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Some Middle Eastern expatriates are considering returning to their homelands after the Arab Spring protests. A new academic research program was launched in New York last month to study the effect of the Arab Spring on immigrants and their decision to return home.

Domestic workers have gathered at rallies like this one to press for legal protections. (Photo by Bobo Yip/flickr via Feet in 2 Worlds))

Ex-Maid’s Story of Enslavement is Not Unusual, Advocates Say

Crime, Immigration March 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds dug into the story of Shanti Gurung, the ex-maid of an Indian diplomat and her husband who says that she was brought to America as a teenager and forced to work 16-hour days without pay.

Opinion: It’s Time to

Opinion: It’s Time to

Eastern European, Immigration, Politics March 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

The Polish-American community is pushing for inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program, which would allow Poles to visit for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa. Legislators have introduced two bills in the Senate and House that would allow more countries into the Visa Waiver Program.

A group shot of Workplace Project members in happier days (Photo via La Tribuna Hispana)

Day Laborer Groups Barely Pause to Celebrate Good News From Court

Immigration, Labor March 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

In a victory for day laborers last month, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a California city that had tried to prohibit laborers from soliciting work on sidewalks or parking lots. That same week, La Tribuna Hispana reported from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s VI National Assembly.

Doug Wang and Helen Chen posed in front of their grocery store. (Photo by Jonathan Zalman)

Profile: Long Path to Stability for a Chinatown Couple

East Asian, Immigration March 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Doug Wang and his wife, Helen Chen, opened their Essex Street corner store, Shan Fu Grocery, in 2010. As their business grows, the Chinese couple is raising their two young boys, Zhen Yuan and Hao Fen. The Lo-Down interviewed the couple about their path to domestic stability.

Mafia controls street vendors in Queens (photo by :  Archivo/La Opinión)

Immigrant Street Vendors Say They Endure ‘Modern-Day Slavery’

Economy, Immigration March 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Immigrant street vendors complain that they endure a kind of “modern-day slavery,” where they must pay most of their profits to rent vending licenses that they can’t obtain themselves.

Two Views on Visa Situation for Indian Immigrants to U.S.

Two Views on Visa Situation for Indian Immigrants to U.S.

Caribbean, Immigration, South Asian March 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The Carib News reported on complaints from the Caribbean community that a proposed change to immigration rules would unfairly favor Indian and Chinese migrants, while News India Times aired concerns that Indians are being denied visas in increasing numbers.

A publicity still from "The Help."

Voices in Focus: Muslim Students React to News of NYPD Spying

Crime, Culture, Immigration, Labor February 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Muslim students expressed shock at news that the NYPD has spied on their organizations; a proposed measure that would allow Irish immigrants special work visas causes controversy; and a domestic workers’ advocacy group takes advantage of Oscar buzz around “The Help.”

There are now more Poles in New York City than Chicago.

New York Dethrones Chicago as the ‘Largest Polish City’ Outside of Warsaw

Eastern European, Immigration, New York February 23, 2012 at 11:00 am

New York has surpassed Chicago as the largest “Polish city” in the U.S., with 55,000 Polish immigrants compared to the Windy City’s 46,000.

Around 100 street vendors demonstrated against fines they call excessive last week.

Street Vendors Rally Against City Fines They Call Excessive

Immigration, Manhattan, Politics February 23, 2012 at 9:59 am

Street vendors, at a rally last week, said that they have lost large portions of their income paying fines of up to $1,000 for infractions such as having their vendor licenses in their pockets instead of around their necks or leaving their carts to go to the bathroom.

Voices in Focus: A Family Split by ICE, Then Splintered by Social Services

Asian, Culture, Immigration, South American February 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

A petition to reunite a family; a Hasidic custody battle fought on Facebook; Hondurans abroad react to news of prison fire; The Jewish Week crowd-sources its Passover coverage; and a journalist explains why he dropped a personal bombshell.

Some have taken to Twitter to deride Mexicans.

Twitter Provides Forum to Mock Mexicans

Culture, Immigration, Latino, Mexican February 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Hatred against people of Hispanic heritage is not only seen on the streets of the United States, where Latinos are often the target of attacks, Diario de Mexico reports. It has now invaded cyberspace as well.

Hojun Lee

Korean Student is Early Beneficiary of New Policy Curtailing Deportation

East Asian, Immigration, New York February 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

The Korea Times profiled Hojun Lee, a student of Korean descent whose deportation was suspended as part of the Obama administration’s new policy of deprioritizing some deportation cases in favor of others.