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Registration of non-immigrant Pakistanis, Saudis starts: Rumor turns Pakistanis away from INS offices

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

The registration of the third group on the INS list for registration under National Entry Exit Registration System got underway all over the country on Monday last. Reports from different cities say there were long lines of people coming for registration. However, there were no reports of arrests during theseRead More

Debating the subway fare increase: The MTA asks for public opinion

Uncategorized January 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

Beginning Feb. 4, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will hold 10 town hall meetings in the five boroughs. The meetings are likely to raise intense discussions, because the topics include many subjects closely related to the subway issue. It includes proposals to increase the subway fare by 50 cents, toRead More

Food stamps fail in hungry area

Uncategorized January 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

Almost 19,000 residents of Community Board 7 did not get the food stamps they qualified for last year, according to a citywide report recently released by the Community Food Resource Center (CFRC), a citywide advocacy group. Board 7 was among the borough boards most shortchanged by the program. Barriers toRead More

Advice to Pakistani registrants from legal experts

Uncategorized January 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

According to immigration law experts contacted by the Pakistan Post, the California experience with registration shows that Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is not planning mass arrests of registrants. However, they will likely confiscate registrants’ passports and other documents, thus compelling registrants to appear in court. In court, deportation ordersRead More

Protest against special registration in Queens and Chicago

Uncategorized January 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

Representatives from 26 organizations, including the Coney Island Project, participated in a protest in Jackson Heights on Jan. 3 against the new policy which requires nationals of 21 Muslim countries and North Korea to register with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). People of different races, communities and occupations listenedRead More

Pakistanis claim political asylum in Canada due to FBI harassment

Uncategorized January 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

As registration deadlines approach, many Pakistani are fleeing to Canada by way of Thousand Islands, Ontario, and Plattsburg, N.Y., to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Many prefer going to Thousand Islands, reached by Route 81. People prefer going to Thousand Islands as the Canadian immigration office has been processing people quicklyRead More

Canada is not proving to be an easy refuge

Uncategorized January 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

Between June and October 2002, three chartered flights deported 310 Pakistanis. These were only the most dramatic deportations; other deportations occur regularly. As if Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raids, detentions and deportations were not enough, now the registration law has raised Pakistani anxiety levels to new heights. Before SeptemberRead More

One step forward, two steps back

Uncategorized January 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

“Many places in New York are vulnerable to terrorists,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly warned residents. “First and foremost, our subways, ports and Broadway theaters. In order to avoid disaster, we must act without hesitation, and rely on our own strengths, without waiting for help from Washington.” Absolutely, our top copRead More

Erasing the embargo in Haiti will take help from diaspora, not international community

Uncategorized January 14, 2003 at 12:00 am

Back in the early 1990s, the word “embargo” became an integral part in the lexicon of Haitian culture. Songs were written about it, and jokes were created to cope with it. Haiti, poor as it is, had not known any official sanctions in centuries. So everyone was puzzled. In aRead More

Korean American community starts new foundation

Uncategorized January 14, 2003 at 12:00 am

The newly instituted Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) is already busy at work—offering financial and administrative assistance to local and area Korean groups to aid in the development, and pioneer the future, of Korean society. This is the first time that second generation Korean-American leadership has been given responsibility forRead More

Significant drop in crime rates in the Bronx

Uncategorized January 13, 2003 at 12:00 am

In the last three years, all major crimes such as murder, rape, burglary and assault have dropped considerably in the Bronx, according to police statistics for the borough. Police Department statistics show that there were 190 murders in 2000, 189 in 2001 and 147 in 2002, as of Nov. 24Read More

Crowded in New Jersey: Garden State population density climbs again

Uncategorized January 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

We’re not exactly packed in like sardines, but it’s close. It’s been noted that New Jersey has the highest population density of any state in the Union. The heavy property taxes and unavoidable traffic on major Garden State highways constantly confirm this. However, in the last decade overcrowding has alsoRead More

Green card for a rosy future

Uncategorized January 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

What is your wife’s name? Does she have a tattoo? What kind of deodorant does she use? Does she dye her hair often? Does she wear a lot of jewelry? How do you have sex? Why don’t you have any children? Does she take The Pill? Whom do you liveRead More

INS, FBI sweep a MacDonald Avenue cigarette store: one arrested

Uncategorized January 10, 2003 at 12:00 am

Federal agents arrested a Bangladeshi living in Brooklyn last week, and are now preparing to deport him. Manju, who lived on 12th Avenue in Brooklyn, was arrested on Friday during a joint FBI and INS operation. Manju had been issued an order of deportation. He then left the country, butRead More

Better education should include minorities

Uncategorized January 9, 2003 at 12:00 am

New York City’s measures to improve the educational system in the city have not helped minority students, according to a recent report. More than 50 percent of minority students fail their studies, the report says. “We want to look for effective solutions so that our children perform better and leaveRead More