Immigration Information Just Got Easier to Access

Communities, Immigration August 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Through its new Multilingual Resource Center, information and forms from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website will now be available in 22 languages, and questions from the naturalization test will be published in seven languages. These changes were reported by Russian Bazaar and Korea Daily.

(Via Russkaya Reklama)

Escaping Putin’s ‘Paradise’

Immigration, In the News August 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

After anti-government protests in Moscow on May 6th, thousands of Russians were arrested and some now face criminal charges and the possibility of 10-year sentences. In light of that, we have translated a piece from Russkaya Reklama in which a political refugee was interviewed about his experience adapting to life in the U.S..

Chris Crane is the the president of the union, the national Immigration and Customs Enforcement council. (via

Opinion: Sabotaging Deferred Deportation

Immigration August 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

In the 21st-century United States, employees of the country’s immigration agency can say whatever they like, without any consequences, including declaring that they will not follow presidential directives or those of their [agency] superiors.

(Photo from La Tribuna Hispana)

Celebrating Salvadoran-American Day With Personal Stories

Immigration, Latino August 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

In honor of the 6th annual Salvadoran-American Day, La Tribuna Hispana shares stories from Salvadoran-Americans whose pursuit of a better life in a new country resulted in very different outcomes.

(Photo via The Indypendent)

Fingerprint-Sharing Program Increases Immigrant Mistrust of NYPD

Crime, Immigration August 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Ten weeks since the Secure Communities information-sharing system between police and immigration authorities went into effect in New York City, The Indypendent examines how the controversial program has played out in immigrant communities.

Fi2W workshop participant Nina Agrawal conducting an interview in Union Square. (Photo: Jocelyn Gonzales/Fi2W)

Immigrants of Greenmarket Speak Out

Food, Immigration August 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds introduces us to immigrant vendors at the Union Square Greenmarket and takes us to Crown Heights, where a “Trinidad Chinese style” restaurant thrives in the local West Indian community.

Korean-Americans voted in a recent primary election in Queens. (Photo by Young Woong Yang via Korea Daily)

A Wave of Korean-American Reverse Migration

East Asian, Immigration July 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Korean-American retirees and young people looking for economic opportunities are returning to Korea in droves, several Korean publications have reported, based on reports released recently by the Korean government.

Voices of immigrant women at Occupy Wall Street, New York City. Photo via Womens eNews by matti keltanen/ keltanen on Flickr, under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0). -- Via

Opinion: What About the Human Rights of Undocumented Mothers?

Immigration, Opinion July 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Harsh anti-immigrant laws in Alabama, Arizona and other states are wreaking havoc on the lives of immigrant women, writes Mallika Dutt, president of the global human rights organization Breakthrough, in an column for Women’s eNews.

Debra Scacco (left) and Theresa Loong, two of three recipients of a new artist-in-residence program, on Ellis Island. (Photo by Terese Loeb Kreuzer/Downtown Express)

Voices in Focus: Most New Yorkers Detained by ICE Are Deported

Food, Immigration July 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

In today’s roundup: a new report on immigrant New Yorkers detained and deported; credit unions for taxi drivers; a profile of a beloved Bronx bakery; a visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial; an immigrant-themed art project; and a dispatch from the Bronx about how locals are reacting to President Barack Obama’s new immigration stance.

Young Russian Jews from the Russian American Jewish Experience organization, join the Celebrate Israel parade. (Photo via The Jewish Week)

Young Russian Jews Carve Out Their Niche

Culture, Immigration July 19, 2012 at 11:28 am

The Jewish Week explored a cultural shift among Russian-speaking American Jews. “No longer a community of mostly engineers and doctors, no longer segregated in South Brooklyn and Central Queens, no longer immigrants but acculturated, hyphenated Americans, the Russian Jews are a distinct and increasingly powerful community,” writes reporter Steve Lipman.

Professor Pyong Gap Min is the director of the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College.

For Korean-Chinese Immigrants, a Complex Cultural Identity

Culture, Immigration July 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

For people with feet in two distinct cultures, communal loyalties can be a unpredictable, as many New Yorkers know well. That’s certainly true for a group of Chinese immigrants of Korean descent, called “Joseonjok” in Korean, a new study has found. The Korea Daily and New York Ilbo reported on the study.

Last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement informed the Quiej family that they would have one year to leave the country, but with the help of lawyer Stephen Traylor, they were able to secure a one-year extension.

Guatemalan Family Fights to Stay Together

Immigration, Split Families July 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Brazilian Voice reported on the Quiej family of Princeton, N.J. — Guatemalans who face deportation after almost two decades here. Last year, the government gave them one year to stay in the country, after Ebelyn, a 20-year-old who suffered from cerebral palsy, developed epilepsy. But their time is running out.

Photo via News India Times

Plenty of Patriotism and Education, But Little Knowledge of U.S. History

Immigration, South Asian July 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Though many Indian immigrants pride themselves on their American patriotism — as well as some of the highest incomes and education levels of any ethnic group in America — some have limited knowledge of American history, News India Times reported after quizzing several first generation Indian-Americans.

A group of young people from Make The Road New York in Queens celebrate President Obama's announcement to allow them to be legally in this country. (Photo by Humberto Arellano/EDLP)

Obama Policy is no DREAM Act, But Still a Dream Come True For Some

Education, Immigration, Video June 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm

After President Barack Obama’s announcement last Friday of two-year work permits for some undocumented young people, ethnic and community publications captured the celebrations and questions of students and immigrant community leaders.

A still from Christine Streich's video on Daniela Alulema, a DREAM act advocate.

Video: Immigration Policy Change May ‘Open Doors’

Education, Featured Posts, Immigration, Video June 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Activists from the growing student movement for the DREAM Act cautiously applauded today’s news that President Barack Obama will implement many of its provisions — including 25-year-old Daniela Alulema, an Ecuadorian who has been unable to work legally since she graduated college. Christine Streich shot this video portrait for Voices of NY.