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Bangladesh included in INS Special Registration program: More than 100,000 U.S.-based Bangladeshis anxious about future

Uncategorized January 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

Five countries, including Bangladesh, were included in the Special Registration program of the U.S. Justice Department. Bangladeshi citizens should register at nearby INS offices between Feb. 24 and March 28. In New York City, one should register at 26 Federal Plaza, room 310. There are also registrations in Buffalo andRead More

Dual citizenship greeted with mixed feelings

Uncategorized January 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

Americans of Indian origin reacted with mixed feelings to New Delhi’s grant of dual citizenship, saying it does not extend any more privileges to NRIs [NonResident Indians] than already available but it may help emotional ties with the motherland. G. Atmacharan Reddy, the only NRI who was a Parliament member,Read More

INS relaxes norms; gives H1 visas for nurses

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

Applicants with a degree in nursing will be given H1 visas permitting them to come to the United States as temporary workers, thanks to a change in Immigration and Naturalization (INS) police whereby nursing has been reclassified. Until now, the INS did not consider nursing a “profession,” which deserves H1Read More

Pakistani gas station attendant prevents destruction of a Brooklyn synagogue

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

A Pakistani immigrant’s quick action to prevent the torching of a Brooklyn synagogue may be symptomatic of what some see as the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Syed Ali, 35, was working at an Amoco station in Sheepshead Bay when he realized that a man who had filled a canisterRead More

Mexicans protest their Consul General in N.Y.

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

About 30 Mexican activists protested in front of their consulate in Manhattan asking for the resignation of Consul General Salvador Beltran del Rio, along with the person in charge of protection, who they charged with “bad service and maltreatment of immigrants.” “The Mexican community cannot stand bad service and beingRead More

Mosque-goer shot at near Fulton St. mosque

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

One devotee was shot at by miscreants near the Bedford- Stuyvesant area in Brooklyn. Ashraf Mansur, 19, was leaving the Mosdhjid Al Muslemin mosque after Jumma Prayer on Jan. 10. Mansur was taken to the hospital, where his condition is improving. The bullet was fired just as the congregants wereRead More

In search of moderate Muslims

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

Khaled Abou El Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at UCLA, estimates that two years ago he received between 30 and 40 requests from around the country to participate in interfaith dialogues between Jews and Muslims. Last year he received one. “They just vanished,” he said during an interview lastRead More

Pouncing dragon, hidden tiger

Uncategorized January 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

Eighty percent of foreign exchange pouring into China is from Overseas Chinese. Cut to India, the corresponding figure is a dismal 20 percent. China created an Overseas Ministry in 1950, India does not have one even today. And yes, economic reforms were kicked off in China in 1978, opening floodgatesRead More

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