Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Rosemary Yu spoke to the Chinese media about the immigration fraud that is plaguing Chinese immigrants. (Photo by Daqi Liu/World Journal)

Fake Lawyers Prey on Chinese Immigrants

Crime, Immigration April 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Con artists who claim to be lawyers or immigration officials have preyed on New York City’s Chinese immigrants, duping them into shelling out money for spurious services, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. told members of the Chinese press last week.

In Union City, N.J., where menus reflect the influence of its Cuban residents. (Photo by Gerardo Romo/EDLP)

Immigration is Not Political for New Wave of Cuban Professionals in NJ

Immigration, Latino, Metro Area April 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

An El Diario La Prensa article puts the spotlight on a recent immigration trend in New Jersey: the arrival of young, college-educated Cubans who are looking for economic opportunity, not fleeing the political system.

After Half a Century, a Beloved Language School Faces Shutdown

After Half a Century, a Beloved Language School Faces Shutdown

Education, Immigration March 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

For the past 50 years, thousands of immigrants, including Poles, have learned English and picked up American culture at the International Center. The Center is now on the verge of closing, but its students and teachers are scrambling to save it.

(Photo from FilAm)

Transgender Filipina Sex Workers Stay in U.S. Despite Dangers

Immigration, LGBTQ March 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Transgender and transsexual people often face stereotypes and abuse. But for immigrants, especially those who engage in sex work, living as a transgender person brings on a whole slew of other challenges, including social stigmas, cultural conflicts and threats of arrest and deportation, FilAm reports.

Nancy Bruny and her teenage son, Alessandro, rediscovered her homeland of Taiwan together.

Essay: The Bad American

East Asian, Featured Posts, Immigration March 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

After four decades in America, a Taiwanese immigrant returns to her homeland with her teenage son. But while he discovers a part of his identity there, she finds that she has become a foreigner in her own country.

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

Poll: Half of Latino Voters Find ‘I-Word’ Offensive

Immigration, Latino March 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Colorlines last year launched its “Drop the I-Word” campaign, urging news organizations and others to stop using the phrase “illegal immigrants.” A new poll last week found that almost half of Latino “likely voters” do not like the term.

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.