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Probe ordered into rise in visa denial to foreign students

Uncategorized April 4, 2003 at 12:00 am

A Congressional panel ordered an inquiry into the new visa adjudication policy which apparently led to an increase in the rate of visa denials to foreign students and scholars engaged in scientific research or studies. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science has asked the General Accounting Office (GAO),Read More

Special registration: Participation of 3,300 Bangladeshis

Uncategorized April 4, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Special Registration of Bangladeshis without green cards continues throughout the United States. As of March 27, a total of 3186 Bangladeshis participated in the process, and Notices to Appear (NTAs) were issued to 119 people. A total of 660 Bangladeshis so far registered at the border crossings, said CounselorRead More

Imminent release of 54 Pakistanis imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay stopped

Uncategorized April 3, 2003 at 12:00 am

Almost all—54 of the 58—Pakistanis held at Guantanamo Bay were to be released, as all security agencies had given clearance. Their release was stopped at the last moment, and communication between the prisoners and their families was suspended. All letters that were coming to the prisoners from Pakistan through theRead More

22,500 registered, 1,400 received Notices To Appear, 32 detained

Uncategorized April 3, 2003 at 12:00 am

The last date for registration non-immigrant Pakistani and Saudi Arabian nationals was March 21. This deadline was extended from Feb. 21. In all, 22,500 people registered, 1400 received Notices To Appear (NTAs), and 32 were detained. Those who receive NTAs are almost certain to be deported. Immgiration Services did notRead More

306 Koreans deported last year

Uncategorized April 3, 2003 at 12:00 am

Following September 11th, the United States greatly tightened screening to enter the country. Last year, 500 Koreans were examined for visa problems; and 306 of them were expelled from the United States. According to the annual report issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Citizenship and Immigration forRead More

War generates blessings and polemics

Uncategorized April 3, 2003 at 12:00 am

“We can come together to pray for peace and the safety of our soldiers, independent of what our opinions of the war may be,” said Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión at an interfaith service in the Veteran’s Hall. The ceremony convened Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu religious leaders, familyRead More

Dog-fight amongst African leaders over U.S. war with Iraq

Uncategorized April 2, 2003 at 12:00 am

A dog-fight has developed between African leaders over how to respond to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The dog-fight is a sign of a major crack in African countries’ resolve to the American-led war against Iraq. Three weeks ago, the African Union decided that the Union opposed the war againstRead More

95 percent of Korean-Americans enlisting in the military are first-generation immigrants

Uncategorized April 2, 2003 at 12:00 am

Korean-Americans enlisting in the U.S. military are mostly first-generation immigrants who have obtained their U.S. citizenships. Including green card holders, 95 percent of Korean-Americans currently in the U.S. military are first-generation immigrants. According to a Defense Department report, 79.5 percent (3,602) of Korean-Americans in the military are U.S. citizens butRead More

We’re not alone!

Uncategorized April 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

Along with millions of people around the globe, I have marched repeatedly against the war. Along with many of my loved ones, I have walked through the streets of Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and most recently, those of New York City. Individually, each of us is but one of theRead More

Nasty words, as smoke ban looms

Uncategorized April 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

The fight over the smoking ban is over. This weekend, New Yorkers take their last puff in a pub. No more smoking in New York City bars. Try something else if the war jitters get to you. But the war of words in Queens between several Irish pub owners andRead More

Going back home to the Caribbean isn’t always a pleasant trip, especially when acquiring real estate: stories of abuse

Uncategorized April 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

Discuss the matter of people seeking to acquire property back home while living outside of the Caribbean and the stories become tales of horror. And that’s true whether the overseas nationals are doctors, college professors, bus drivers or plumbers. The stories being told end up the same way: people inRead More

Haitians mixed about war

Uncategorized April 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

While families pray for the safe return of loved ones, opinions about the war with Iraq abound. Some Haitians agree with Bush’s rational for war, but others are in accord with the arguments made by those found at anti-war rallies worldwide. Jean C. Alexandre, Haiti’s ambassador to the United Nations,Read More

Money worries: Brooklyn’s elected officials very concerned’ about a situation aggravated by war

Uncategorized April 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

The cuts are staggering and will negatively impact the lives of millions of New Yorkers. But in places like Brooklyn, where the city has a $3.5 to $4 billion deficit and accompanying cuts to social programs across the board will hit hardest, lawmakers are overwhelmed and running out of options.Read More

21st century-style peculiar institutions: George W. Bush & Co. are planters, not cowboys

Uncategorized April 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

“Do you think he has an attitude?” asked the pigtailed young lady in the third-grade class. She was speaking of the president, George W. Bush. That was the kindest of the questions the students peppered me with on a recent visit to P.S. 305. “Do you think he’s crazy?” “DoRead More

American dream or Brooklyn nightmare?

Uncategorized April 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) says that American Dreams Real Estate Development, a broker on Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, has been steering people into predatory loans. Last month, the community organization held two protests in front of the office, where they were joined by Councilman James Davis andRead More