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Pakistani embassy officials say minor registration relief may be on the way

Uncategorized February 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

Minor visa violations will not cause hardship, and the deadline may be extended, according to Pakistani embassy officials familiar with the details of Pakistan Foreign Minister Mian Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s meetings with John Ashcroft and Colin Powell. However, undocumented Pakistanis are still panic-stricken. They fear that though they may notRead More

Registration and professional advice

Uncategorized February 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

Khalifa Amjad, an owner of a restaurant Khan Barbeque in Chicago, went for registration with his son, and both were arrested. I accompanied a friend to the INS office, where he was going to arrange bail. We found the INS officials helpful. They said they had not received Amjad’s fileRead More

Farewell United States, all hope is with Canada? Church groups in Canada help Pakistani refugees

Uncategorized February 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

Pakistanis fleeing the United States into Canada at the border at Niagara Falls are finding refuge at Viva Locasa, a church within U.S. territory, a 15 minute-drive from the Canadian border. Most of the refugees are in terrible need since they left everything behind in their panicked flight. At theRead More

New Jersey fires all employees at Newark DMV

Uncategorized February 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

On Feb. 4, as part of the fight against fraud, all the employees at the Department of Motor Vehicles — DMV, on Frelinghuysen Avenue in Newark, were dismissed. Lack of attention “There was clearly a lack of attention paid to what was going on there. Because of this, we choseRead More

Haitian refugees need equal and fair treatment

Uncategorized February 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

With days to spare before his wife gives birth, Haitian asylum seeker Rameau Thomas won his case last week, but not his freedom. A passenger aboard the crowded Haitian refugee boat that landed in Miami on Oct. 29, Thomas remains detained at the Krome Avenue detention center because the ImmigrationRead More

Increase of loan rejection rate is causing difficulties in Korean-American business community

Uncategorized February 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

As the harsh post-September 11th economic environment continues, late and delinquent credit card and mortgage payments increased, followed by a deterioration of business and consumer credit. As a result, banks and finance companies are now rejecting over 30 percent of loan requests. Consequently, Korean-Americans seeking financing to start new businessesRead More

Community mourns: Killer’s bullet claims man’s life

Uncategorized February 7, 2003 at 12:00 am

Jewel will never see his newborn son in his homeland. He will never again meet his beloved wife. A killer’s bullet split his skull. Alamgir Jewel, 37, the owner of Dhaka Grocery, in Hillside, was shot in his left eye by a Black miscreant last Monday evening. The killers attackedRead More

Only her sheitelmacher knows: Brooklyn wig-makers enlisted to tease out domestic abuse secrets

Uncategorized February 7, 2003 at 12:00 am

Shabbat is over in Flatbush, and Georgie, comb in hand, goes to work. In her makeshift salon at home, while Andreas Botticelli sings on the stereo and bewigged Styrofoam heads rest on metal poles, Georgie hovers over a client, expertly flipping the strawberry-blond locks of the customer’s sheitel, massaging theRead More

Keep the booths open: MTA plans to close token booths will hit Black and Latino neighborhoods hardest

Uncategorized February 7, 2003 at 12:00 am

Will the city’s Black and Latino communities be hardest hit by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) plans to close 177 token booths? It certainly looks like it, according to a map prepared for The New York Amsterdam News by Darlyne Lawson, vice president of the Transit Workers Union’s stations department,Read More

They would make me stand in a cage in freezing cold!’

Uncategorized February 7, 2003 at 12:00 am

‘They would make me stand in a cage in freezing cold!’ by Mohammad Azmath Jaweed, India Abroad, 7 February 2003. English language. My ordeal began on September 11th, when my friend Ayub [Syed Gul Mohammad Shah] and I set out to Texas from Newark, New Jersey. When our flight wasRead More

U.S. increasing tilt towards India

Uncategorized February 7, 2003 at 12:00 am

Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in the Breakfast on the Hill initiative organized by the U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) in Washington, D.C., affirmed that the United States is increasing its tilt towards India. “At a time when the global economy is inRead More

Salvadorans take over their consulate

Uncategorized February 7, 2003 at 12:00 am

Yesterday a group of five women took over the Salvadoran consulate in New York to protest labor law violations in their country and to protest CAFTA (the Central America Free Trade Agreement). The activists, with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), arrived at the consulate,Read More

N.J. senator comes to the rescue of WTC widow

Uncategorized February 6, 2003 at 12:00 am

Faced with the possibility of being kicked out of the United States, Filipina World Trade Center widow Tessie Molina-Forsythe and her two children have found an ally in New Jersey Sen. Jon Corzine, who has come to their rescue after learning of their deportable status. The wealthy businessman-turned-politician helped theRead More

In these difficult times

Uncategorized February 6, 2003 at 12:00 am

When the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services (JBFCS) opened a new branch in Coney Island three years ago—named the Stanley and Rita Kaplan Family Center—the prevailing mood at the presentation and in New York overall was very optimistic. The capital of the world seemed safe from harm; itsRead More

Justice or vengeance?

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

Strange Days, Indeed Immigration is not a problem to be solved. It is the sign of a confident and successful nation. And people who seek to make America their home should be met in that spirit by representatives of our government. New arrivals should be greeted not with suspicion andRead More