Immigration

Deceased Ground Zero volunteer Rafael Hernandez

9/11 hero dies without honor

Health, Immigration, Latino, Mexican January 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Rapheal Hernandez died in his Queens apartment. He was one of many undocumented immigrants to work at Ground Zero, who have not been compensated, medically cared for, or recognized for their heroism.

Takis Vassos owns Pegasus Travel in Astoria

Greeks flee ailing economy, return to Astoria

Economy, Immigration, New York, Western European January 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Play Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska’s radio report on Greek Americans returning to Astoria, to escape the ailing economy in Greece.

Immigrants on Ellis Island circa 1900

Waiver to keep undocumented spouses in US

Immigration, Metro Area, Politics January 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm

The Immigration Department (USCIS) is proposing a change to rules governing how spouses and adult children of American citizens get their immigration status adjusted.

Day laborers gather on a New York street.

Cold treatment for New York day laborers

Bronx, Economy, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino, New York January 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

Even with temperatures below freezing, day laborer Alan Montero, 37, has no choice but to stand and wait on a street in the Bronx looking for work so he can make a living and support his family in Guatemala.

Iraqi refugee Alaa Majeed now lives in Brooklyn

Iraqi talks about refugee life in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Immigration, In the News January 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Alaa Majeed is one of 60,000 Iraqis who came to the United States after the 2003 invasion. She is married to an American, and has settled in Brooklyn. But even as the last US troops left Iraq, Majeed was not making plans to hurry back home. She tells City Limits the destabilizing effects of the war will continue. It’s hard to say when Iraq might be safe enough for her and her family to begin considering a return.

Romney’s Mexican family

Immigration, Mexican, Politics, Video January 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has officially invoked his father’s Mexican roots. It came during campaigning for the New Hampshire primary. And no sooner had he invoked his Latino cred, Univision sent reporter Edgar Munoz to Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, where some 50 of Romney’s cousins call home.

Haitian footballers make mark on NFL and mainstream America

Caribbean, Immigration, In the News, Opinion January 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

This is a time-tested ritual long practiced by our aggrieved, proud communities in the Diaspora: the meticulous but truculent search for any noticeable signs that give us a sure measure of our success or defeat in the murkily impervious United States of America.

The changing face of Bath Beach, Brooklyn.

The changing face of Bath Beach, Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Immigration, In the News, Mexican January 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

A combination of Chinese, Russian, Mexican and Italian immigrants are mixing it up in Bath Beach, Brooklyn. Home Reporter News reports that the once Italian neighborhood is changing, and some locals say in many ways it’s for the better.

Secret sanctuary against abuse in East Harlem

Health, Housing, Immigration, In the News, Manhattan, New York January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The Violence Intervention Program was founded in East Harlem in 1984 to provide services like counseling and emergency shelter or transitional housing for abused women. The organization is located in an inconspicuous building and its address is kept secret to protect victims in search of a fresh and safe start.

Filipino slams US cash for visas plan

Immigration, In the News, Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian January 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

Applications for EB-5 visas have quadrupled over the last four years. The visa grants two year green cards to investors who fork over $500,000 to $1M to create or maintain 10 jobs. Although New York area developers have raised more than a Billion dollars from this visa over the pastRead More

Detained dad released

Immigration, In the News, Queens, South Asian December 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

A detained immigrant who had been held for more than nine months without deportation has been released. Taimur Hussain was released from a federal lockup after weeks of fierce maneuvering by a team of lawyers.

Brooklyn's Chinatown/Tiffany Ap

Brooklyn Chinatown bursting at seams

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture, Economy, Environment, Immigration December 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

A growing Chinese population in Brooklyn has led to shoppers gridlock in Sunset Park’s Chinatown. The Brooklyn Ink reports that while zoning laws prevent Chinese business owners from expanding further, a strong belief in “lucky number eight” is keeping merchants clustered on Eighth Avenue where Chinatown was formed three decades ago.

Mali women in traditional African dress in the Bronx

Africans, Albanians, Bengalis thrive in Bronx

Ethnic communities are making progress in the Bronx. A series of reports in The Bronx Ink highlights three groups that experienced significant growth spurts in recent years.

Vacil (3 dots) tattooed between fingers mean jail, the street, or death

“La Mara es mi padre” – how violent gangs recruit teens

Education, Immigration, New York December 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Far from the aggressive images of the Central American Mara Salvatrucha – shaved heads, tattoos on their faces and bodies – the MS13 on Long Island goes about unnoticed. Only the “vacil” (3 dots) tattooed between a person’s fingers, or on the side of their left eye, can identify a member.

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

Some success with campaign to drop the i-word

Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics December 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

It’s an Herculean task. But the folks at Colorlines are not shying away from a campaign persuading the media to stop referring to people as “illegal immigrants” or “illegal aliens.” In this editorial, Colorlines reports that 2011 was a big year. The New York Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times,Read More