American Hindus embrace Christmas

American Hindus embrace Christmas

Culture, Immigration, In the News, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Hindus across America are getting into the Christmas spirit. The News India Times reports that Indian migrants have embraced the Christian holiday, putting up trees and immersing themselves into the process of gift giving and family togetherness.

Pakistani-Americans worry about breakdown in relations

Immigration, In the News, New York, Politics, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Pakistani-Americans are concerned about the latest slump in relations between their two countries. The long standing strain escalated on May 1, when US Navy Seals raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama Bin Laden, without prior warning to the Pakistani government.

Rivera-James family spending Christmas in city shelter

Christmas in a city shelter

Economy, Housing, Immigration, New York December 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

When seven-year-old Anthony wrote his letter to Santa Claus asking for Christmas presents, his first request was a house for his family. “I want a nice house for my mother, where my friends can come and play with me and we can all have fun,” said Anthony, serious-faced as heRead More

Young Filipino in New York longs for home

Immigration, In the News, New York December 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

“In the Philippines, we play basketball in flip flops,” says Jasper Davis as he watches a player dunk a ball into the hoop at Columbus Park in Chinatown, Manhattan. Davis, 21, who came to America when he was 17, looks for just about anything that can remind him of hisRead More

The death of Chinatown?

The death of Chinatown?

Asian, Economy, Immigration, New York December 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

A firestorm has erupted over the idea that the rise of China could lead to the fall of American Chinatowns.

Vendors sell goods along Roosevelt Avenue

Roosevelt Avenue “out of control”

Economy, Environment, Featured Posts, Immigration, Queens December 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Along Roosevelt Avenue’s 30 block stretch in Queens, you can buy pretty much anything you can think of — prostitutes, forged documents, food from uninspected kitchens, items from unlicensed vendors.

Special visa for the Irish?

Immigration, In the News, Opinion, Politics, Western European December 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

The Irish Echo is making a case for special US immigrant visas for residents of Ireland. In a Dec. 14 editorial, the paper argues that the Irish have watched from the sidelines since the 1960s, as America turned to other nations to boost diversity.

Queens children appeal for release of detained dad

Kids press for detained dad’s release

Immigration, Metro Area, Queens December 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Two Queens children are asking the federal government to release their dad from an immigration detention center in New Jersey. Bangladesh national Taimur Hussain has been detained at the Elizabeth Detention Center for eight months.

Children write letters to stop deportations

Immigration, In the News, Politics December 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

The “We Belong Together” initiative sent thousands of letters written by children to Congress asking to end deportations and keep families together.

Honduras asylum seeker awaits deportation

Immigration, In the News, Latino December 14, 2011 at 1:05 am

Héctor Ortega-Valladares has been in prison for nearly five months waiting to be deported. He survived cancer, and a nasty fall in the immigration detention center, but he fears he will not survive repatriation in his native Honduras.

Irish left out of visa reform

Irish left out of visa reform

Immigration, In the News, Politics, Western European December 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform reacted with surprise and puzzlement to news that legislation to change the basis for granting green cards is moving swiftly through Congress. Especially since the bill excludes highly skilled immigrants from Ireland from the fast track for legal entry into the US. Here’s moreRead More

Questions over privately run immigration detention centers

Immigration, In the News, Queens December 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm

A Queens Councilman has joined other New York lawmakers in calling for a federal investigation of a private company that runs detention centers where immigrants are held for deportation, including one in Jamaica, Queens.

DREAMers can face nightmares

DREAMers can face nightmares

Education, Featured Posts, Health, Immigration December 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Two mental health experts spread the word about mental health awareness after a suicide of an undocumented student in Texas.

Students rally for the DREAM Act.

DREAM Act team turns to state aid

Education, Featured Posts, Immigration December 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Supporters have begun a campaign to make undocumented students eligible for scholarships and state aid programs.

Daniel Altschuler, president of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table (far left), next to Elizabeth Bonilla, of New York Communities for Change, and Magdalena Flores, Alexandra San Juan and Carlos Ramos of Make the Road New York.

Children of immigrants hope for change in Suffolk

Immigration, Latino, Metro Area, Politics December 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Suffolk County’s growing Latino population made itself heard in the rise in youth voter turnout for the election of a new county executive.