What Was Your First Memorable Meal in America?

What Was Your First Memorable Meal in America?

Culture, Food, Immigration, In the News, New York November 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

For new arrivals in the United States, first meals are often memorable. What you ate, where you were, who you were with – we want the details. Tell us the story of that first meal for this special project for the Voices of New York web site.

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Share Your Story About Becoming a Citizen

Featured Posts, Immigration, In the News, New York November 12, 2012 at 9:07 am

Everyone who has gained citizenship to the American melting pot has a story about how they did it. We’re looking for yours. We are interested even if you are still working on it or have decided not to seek citizenship.

Grace Meng of Queens is one of some 80 immigrants running for Congress nationwide. (Photo from Grace for New York)

80 Immigrant Candidates Running for Congress Nationwide

Demographics, Immigration, Politics November 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Some 80 congressional candidates from immigrant communities are on Tuesday’s ballots across the country, including Grace Meng in Queens, reports Feet in 2 Worlds, based on a 46-page report from The New American Leaders Project.

Him Ranjit, who joined the Drop the I-Word campaign’s “I Am…” storytelling series last year. (Photo via Colorlines)

AP Joins the Fray, Elaborates on Its Use of ‘Illegal Immigrant’

Immigration, Media, Opinion October 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Three weeks after the New York Times took flack for continuing to use the phrase “illegal immigrant,” the Associated Press has released an updated guide on their use the controversial term, which is already being scrutinized by Colorlines.

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Immigration Remarks in Debate Irk Advocates

Elections 2012, Immigration, Politics October 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Reporter Julianne Hing of Colorlines and advocates featured in a Feet in 2 Worlds article do not take well to the remarks from the candidates, who brought up the DREAM Act, self-deportation, and “gang bangers.”

Roosevelt Avenue at 82nd St. (Photo by Doug Letterman, Flickr Creative Commons)

Report Exposes Fraud Against Immigrants Along Roosevelt Ave.

Crime, Immigration, Latino, Queens October 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

A new report, entitled “Dreams and Schemes in Queens, New York,” examines how employment agencies and immigration service providers swindle immigrants along Roosevelt Avenue, QueensLatino reported.

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NY Times Takes Heat For Decision on ‘Illegal Immigrants’

Immigration, Media October 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

The New York Times decision last week to continue using the controversial term “illegal immigrant” is raising criticism from some ethnic and Latino media outlets.

The Polish Student's Organization in New York is asking the president to include their country in the Visa Waiver Program. (File photo via )

Polish Students Appeal to White House on Visa Waiver

Eastern European, Education, Immigration October 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

An organization of Polish students from New York has joined the chorus of people asking the Obama Administration to include their country in the Visa Waiver Program, which would allow Poles to visit the U.S. for tourism or business without a visa, Nowy Dziennik reported.

Katherine Tabares (Photo by Peter Moskowitz)

Immigrant’s Success Comes at a Price

Education, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino, Video October 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Like so many children of immigrant parents, Katherine Tabares, 17, has found opportunities in the U.S. she wouldn’t have had back home. A first-generation immigrant from Colombia, she is the first person in her family to attend college. But for Tabares to be where she is, the family has had to make many sacrifices.

Bhutanese Community Grows Dramatically

Bhutanese Community Grows Dramatically

Demographics, Featured Posts, Immigration, South Asian, Video October 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

When Subash Sharma came to New York from his native Bhutan in 1999 as a political refugee he knew only one other person in the city from his small South-Asian country. That has changed dramatically in the last few years.

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Visa Lottery Starts Oct. 2

Eastern European, Immigration October 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Poles will be able to participate in the immigration visa lottery which begins Oct. 2 for the second time in a row, the daily Nowy Dziennik reported. But other countries weren’t as lucky, including Guatemala.

Mayor Bloomberg discusses the expansion of the NYCitizenship program to include immigrant parents of public school students. (Photo by Beth Fertig/SchoolBook)

City Wants to Help Immigrant Parents Get Citizenship

Education, Immigration September 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

The NYCitizenship initiative will be expanded to help parents of high school students become U.S. citizens. The program gives free legal assistance and financial aid to eligible permanent residents.

At Ellis Island, Theresa Loong, far left, and Laura Nova speak with Kathy Tufaro, far right, about her family’s traditional recipe. On July 27, Loong and Nova spoke to many visitors to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum as part of their project, Feed Me a Story. (Photo: Justin Mitchell/Fi2W)

Briefs: Sharing Recipes, Immigrant Friends and a Love of Books

Culture, Food, Immigration September 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds reports on a multimedia project that lets people share recipes from their family’s heritage and on a social media site that works like Facebook for U.S. immigrants, while El Diario/La Prensa offers details on the upcoming Dominican Book Fair.

Daedema Ramos at a press conference. (Photo by Damayan Via The FilAm)

Diplomat Settles With Filipina Maid

Immigration, Labor, Southeast Asian September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

A Filipina maid, who was brought to the U.S. by a diplomat who made her work 20-hour days for a few dollars pay, has reached a settlement with her former employer, reports The FilAm. The story points to a growing problem of domestic workers being exploited by diplomats.

William Pintado, 29, a day laborer who came to the U.S. as a teenager, says he always dreamed of being a doctor. (Photo by Zaira Cortes/El Diario)

Day Laborers Dream of Deferred Action

Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor, Latino September 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Going to college and taking advantage of the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action policy remains a dream for many day laborers.