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De Blasio Offers Plan to Help Immigrants Assimilate (NY Times, May 17, 2013)
Liu Campaign Most Aggressive In Courting Muslims (Daily News, May 14, 2013)
Schumer Says Immigration Reform Deal Expected This Week (Reuters, Apr 8, 2013)
Hoping For Immigration Reform, Undocumented New Yorkers File Taxes (Daily News, Apr 3, 2013)
Immigrant Labor Center Destroyed By Sandy Restored (Fox News, Apr 2, 2013)
Assembly Dems to Unveil Plan For $25 Million DREAM Act (Daily News, Mar 8, 2013)
City Lags in Granting Relief to Some Illegal Immigrants (WNYC, Nov 26, 2012)
Immigrant Farm Workers, the Hidden Part of New York 's Local Food Movement (WNYC, Nov 21, 2012)
First non-Native American settler in Manhattan was Dominican immigrant (Daily News, Oct 5, 2012)
Scores of prisoners could have been released for deportation years ago (Albany Times Union, Sep 17, 2012)
Out-of-town homeless families in NYC shelters jumps 48 percent (Daily News, Jul 31, 2012)
Cuomo plans to help shield illegal immigrants from fraud (NY Times, Jul 26, 2012)
Chinatown gambling raid may reveal cultural divide (NY Times, Jul 6, 2012)
Bloomberg says Tap Immigrants for Talent (Associated Press, May 23, 2012)
Despite Opposition, State Joins Fed’s Secure Communities Program (WNYC, May 15, 2012)
Facing Legal Limbo, Some Immigrants in New York Have Nowhere Else to Go (WNYC, May 8, 2012)
Campaign Finance Lessons for Disillusioned Asian-American Group (NY Times, Mar 14, 2012)
Cuomo, GOP Quiet So Far on Tuition Aid for Illegal Immigrants (NY Times, Mar 8, 2012)
For Many Asian New Yorkers, Smoking Still a Way of Life (NY Times, Mar 2, 2012)
Asian Americans Consider a Political Landscape Without John Liu (WNYC, Jan 19, 2012)
New Immigration Office Opens in Queens (Daily News, Jan 13, 2012)
Financial Ruin of Immigrants Tied to Broker (NY Times, Jan 9, 2012)
Police Monitored Immigrant Communities 90 Years Ago Too (NY Times, Jan 4, 2012)
Rules Stretched as Green Cards Go to Investors (NY Times, Dec 19, 2011)
Judges Give Low Marks to Lawyers in Immigration Cases (NY Times, Dec 19, 2011)
Obama's New Guidelines Not Slowing Deportations (Daily News, Dec 5, 2011)
City's Mexican Population Grows Rapidly (Albany Times Union, Nov 26, 2011)
New York's Mexicans Lag in Education (NY Times, Nov 25, 2011)
Angry Over Spying, Some Muslim Leaders Discourage Cooperation with Police (Associated Press, Nov 14, 2011)
Council Limits City Role in Deportations (Gotham Gazette, Nov 4, 2011)
Federal Officials Decline Investigation of Immigrant Detention Center (Associated Press, Nov 2, 2011)
New Yorkers React to Death of Quaddafi (NY Post, Oct 21, 2011)
State to Provide Aid in Six Foreign Languages (Daily News, Oct 7, 2011)
Seven Democrats Call for Probe of Police Department Spying (Associated Press, Oct 6, 2011)
Police Department Spied on City’s Muslim Anti-Terror Partners (Associated Press, Oct 6, 2011)
Some Officials Concerned About Police Spying, Most Silent (Associated Press, Oct 4, 2011)
Lawyers Ask Judge for Review of Police Department Monitoring of Muslims (NY Times, Oct 4, 2011)
Bloomberg Reverses Stand on Aiding Deportations (NY Times, Oct 1, 2011)
Police Department Ethnic Tracking Included Citizens (Associated Press, Sep 23, 2011)
How Bob Turner Got the Russian Vote (WNYC, Sep 20, 2011)
CIA Investigates Whether it Broke Laws Helping the Police Department (Associated Press, Sep 14, 2011)
Bloomberg Defends Police Surveillance of Immigrant Communities (Associated Press, Sep 8, 2011)
Violence Raises Concern about West Indian Day Parade (WNYC, Sep 7, 2011)
Inside the Police Department Spy Unit they Deny Exists (Associated Press, Aug 31, 2011)
Man Arrested for Selling Traditional Chinese Paper Gifts for Dead Called Counterfeits (NY Times, Aug 25, 2011)
Police Department Moves Covertly in Muslim Areas With CIA Help (Associated Press, Aug 25, 2011)
Rep. King Blasts Obama's New Immigration Policy (Daily News, Aug 22, 2011)
Push to Limit Immigration Authorities in City Jails (Gotham Gazette, Aug 18, 2011)
Council Bill Would Curb Jails Role in Deportations (NY Times, Aug 2, 2011)
Removal of Priest's Cases Exposes Deep Holes in Immigration Courts (NY Times, Jul 8, 2011)
Immigrant-Targeting Database Prelude to Broader Identification Database (Daily News, Jul 7, 2011)
Washington Says New York Can't Drop Out of 'Secure Communities' (WNYC, Jun 27, 2011)
Asian New Yorkers Seek Power to Match Numbers (NY Times, Jun 24, 2011)
Bloomberg Wants Permanent Visas for Entrepreneurs Who Create Jobs (Daily News, Jun 16, 2011)
Korean Grocers are Dwindling (NY Times, Jun 2, 2011)
Born in Latin America, Living in New York -- And Unable to Speak Spanish (Associated Press, May 28, 2011)
State Given False Promises About Fingerprint Sharing Program (Daily News, May 27, 2011)
Most Immigrants Checked in Databases Not Charged With Crimes (Daily News, May 26, 2011)
New Call in Albany to Quit US Immigration Program (NY Times, May 10, 2011)
Brooklyn Enclave Sees Nation's Largest Increase in Diversity (Bloomberg, May 6, 2011)
Immigrants Facing Deportation Often Lack Lawyers (NY Times, May 4, 2011)
New York Pakistanis Greet Bin Laden's Death with Subdued Joy (WNYC, May 4, 2011)
Bloomberg Says Immigrants Should Be Sent to Detroit (NY Post, May 2, 2011)
Hindus Threaten Jamaica Bay Habitat with Ceremonial Offerings (NY Times, Apr 22, 2011)
Quinn, Feds Clash on Inmate Records (Wall Street Journal, Apr 21, 2011)
Bill Seeks to Expand Rights for New York’s Immigrants (NY Times, Mar 24, 2011)
Hope for Egypt, Anger at Mubarak Mix in Astoria (NY Times, Jan 31, 2011)
Unrest in Egypt Inspires Rally in Queens (Capitol Confidential, Jan 30, 2011)
Immigrants Worry about Deportation for Past Minor Crimes (Daily News, Jan 30, 2011)
Senate Blocks Bill for Young Immigrants (NY Times, Dec 20, 2010)
Immigrants Want Bloomberg to Fight Fingerprint Policy (Daily News, Dec 10, 2010)
Governor Pardons Immigrants (NY Times, Dec 7, 2010)
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/nyregion/11rikers.html (NY Times, Nov 11, 2010)
Bloomberg, Murdoch Push for More Skilled Immigrants in U.S. (Wall Street Journal, Oct 1, 2010)
Mexican New Yorkers Are Steady Force in Workplace (NY Times, Sep 23, 2010)
Immigration Dispute Over School Records (NY Times, Sep 18, 2010)
State Scores City Schools for Lack of Bilingual Services (Daily News, Sep 15, 2010)
Border Sweeps in North Reach Miles into U.S. (NY Times, Aug 30, 2010)
Council Rejects Boycott of Arizona (Daily News, Jul 30, 2010)
Immigrant Employment Gains in New York (Wall Street Journal, Jul 27, 2010)
City Agencies Fail to Offer Translation Help for Immigrants (NY Times, Jul 7, 2010)
English Classes for Adults Face Cuts (NY Times, May 31, 2010)
Paterson Bill Offers Break to Immigrant Lawbreakers (Albany Times Union, May 4, 2010)
Local Politicians Denounce Arizona Immigration Law (am New York, Apr 30, 2010)
Bloomberg Slams Arizona's Immigration Law (Daily News, Apr 29, 2010)
Sharpton Pledges to Fight Arizona Immigration Bill (NY Post, Apr 25, 2010)
Kelly WIll Recommend Visa for Crime Victim (Daily News, Apr 13, 2010)
NYPD Streamlines Process for Immigrant Victims (Daily News, Apr 9, 2010)
Christine Quinn on Growing Up Irish in New York -- and the Parade (WPIX, Mar 17, 2010)
Move Across Hudson Isolates Immigration Detainees (NY Times, Mar 17, 2010)
United Way Launches Fund for New York's Haitians (Crain's, Feb 11, 2010)
Immigrants Play Larger Role in Economy (Crain's, Jan 14, 2010)
City's Haitians Worry, Wait After Devastating Earthquake (Daily News, Jan 13, 2010)
Inspectors Thwarted in Combating Illegally Divided Apartments (Daily News, Nov 15, 2009)
Fatal Fire Renews Concern About Illegal Apartment Conversions (NY Times, Nov 10, 2009)
Government Settles Case over Mistreatment at Brooklyn Detention Center (NY Times, Nov 3, 2009)
Flushing Residents Protest Police Profiling (City Limits, Nov 3, 2009)
Strong Showing for Asian-Americans in Primaries (NY Times, Sep 17, 2009)
Foreign Born Rikers Inmates Often Detain for Deportation (NY Times, Aug 25, 2009)
Among Asian Candidates, Divide Between Generations (City Hall, Aug 25, 2009)
Council candidate P.J. Kim stirred controversy recently when he said one of his opponents in his Council race, Margaret Chin, was running a campaign not to represent the whole of Lower Manhattan but rather to be the "mayor of Chinatown." Kim’s language in this instance was particularly blunt, and his statement was blasted by Chin as "racially charged." Nonetheless, this message is one that Kim and several other young, second-generation Asian-Americans have been making throughout their Council campaigns: that having grown up in the United States, their experiences and worldviews are different from those of the first-generation immigrants they are competing against.
City Council Requires Pharmacies to Translate (Gotham Gazette, Aug 21, 2009)
Indian Independence parade Overshadowed by Bollywood star's detention at Newark (Daily News, Aug 17, 2009)
Thousands turned out for a swirling celebration of India-American pride Sunday, but all they could talk about was the detention of a Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Khan was questioned for more than an hour at Newark Airport Friday after his name appeared on a security checklist, U.S. Customs officials said.
Welfare Agency Sued Over Translation Services (NY Times, Aug 12, 2009)
Raids Violate Agency Rules, Report Says (NY Times, Jul 22, 2009)
City Looks to Boost English Services (Staten Island Advance, May 10, 2009)
From providing translations for residents dealing with city agencies, to a bill that would require pharmacies to provide prescription information in languages spoken in every city community, there's a growing movement spearheaded by the Bloomberg administration and some City Council members to dramatically widen the requirements for translation services.
Two Korean-Americans Hope for Liu's City Council Seat (NY Times, May 6, 2009)
Korean-Americans number more than 132,000 in the state, according to the latest census figures, yet none have ever been elected to the New York City Council, the State Legislature or any statewide office. Two Korean-American candidates have announced they will run for Mr. Liu’s seat: S. J. Jung, a community organizer, and Ronald Kim, Gov. David A. Paterson’s regional representative for Queens. A third, John Chou, Mr. Liu’s chief of staff, said he might also jump into the fray, and there has been talk of still others.
Wrongly Jailed NYC man Receives $1.5 Million (Newsday, May 6, 2009)
A Dominican New York City taxi driver who was jailed for nine months in 2002 after a police officer mistakenly identified him as a drug suspect has received a $1.5 million settlement from the city.
Taxi Drivers to Face New Tests (NY Post, May 5, 2009)
Critics Attack Council Bill to Require Pharmacies Provide Translation Help (Daily News, May 5, 2009)
Attorney General Cuomo Makes Deal with Prescription Drug Retailers for Multilingual Medical Labels (Daily News, Apr 22, 2009)
Five big drug retailers will print dosage information in six languages and give oral assistance in 150 native tongues under a deal reached Tuesday with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Day Laborers go from Off-the-Books to Homeless (City Limits, Mar 31, 2009)
Immigrants Seek Stimulus Money for Language Education (WNYC, Mar 11, 2009)
US Born Children Caught Up In Deportations (Daily News, Mar 7, 2009)
Gillibrand A Work In Progress On Immigration (Daily Politics, Feb 2, 2009)
Gillibrand Discusses Stance On Immigration (NY 1, Feb 2, 2009)
Gillibrand Meets With City Hispanics on Immigration (Associated Press, Feb 2, 2009)
Gillibrand Hints at a Change of Mind on Immigration (NY Times, Feb 2, 2009)
Gillibrand Meets With City Lawmakers on Immigration (Newsday, Feb 2, 2009)
New Senator's Immigration Stance Criticized (NY Times, Jan 28, 2009)
High Bidders for the City's Hot-Dog Stand Permits (Daily News, Jan 7, 2009)
As Priests Vanish, Parishes Struggle (Staten Island Advance, Dec 29, 2008)
Pharmacies Don't Translate Drug Information, Survey Finds (AM New York, Dec 10, 2008)
Brooklyn Hate Crime Denounced (NY Times, Dec 9, 2008)
New York City leaders are denouncing an attack on two Ecuadorian brothers, spotted walking arm-in-arm early Monday morning and showered with anti-Latino and anti-gay epithets as they were brutally beaten, leaving one brother in critical condition.
Census Report Shows an Evermore Diverse City (NY Times, Dec 9, 2008)
The Risky Lives of Undocumented Immigrants in New York (New York Magazine, Dec 1, 2008)
Half of City Licensed Employment Agencies Swindled Job Seekers (Newsday, Nov 13, 2008)
Small Publishers Shut Out of New School Procurement Policies (, Nov 11, 2008)
Small businesses in the boroughs specializing in textbooks for English language learners won't survive under new textbook purchasing rules.
Immigrant Vets Now Citizens (NY Post, Nov 11, 2008)
Italian Immigrants Stick to Mother Tongue (City Limits, Nov 4, 2008)
Immigrant Detention Up In State (NY Post, Nov 3, 2008)
Commercial Vacancies hit 17.6 Percent (Crain's, Oct 28, 2008)
In the next year, commercial vacancies for the New York metropolitan area will surge to 17.6%, up from today’s 12% rate, according to a revised forecast issued Monday by Property & Portfolio Research Inc.
Arab Muslims in Brooklyn Find Power in the Voting Booth (NY Times, Oct 19, 2008)
City Agency Walk-Ins Lack Translation Services (NY Post, Sep 26, 2008)
"Few agency walk-in facilities offered easily accessible translation and/or interpretation services," said a report released by Mayor Bloomberg's Office of Operations.
Staten Island Liberians Being Deported (City Limits, Sep 16, 2008)
Immigration Supervision Program Seen As Detention (City Limits, Sep 9, 2008)
Coalition Seeks City Vote for Non-Citizens (NY Sun, Sep 8, 2008)
Sunny West Indian Parade Attracts Tens of Thousands (Daily News, Sep 2, 2008)
Where Every Politician Is Caribbean for a Day (City Room, Sep 2, 2008)
Immigrant Vote Snub (NY Post, Aug 8, 2008)
The Life--and Arrest--of a Young Arab in Brooklyn (New York Magazine, Aug 4, 2008)
Immigration Laws Dampen City Economy (NY Sun, Jul 28, 2008)
Translation Services Expands to All Agencies (NY Times, Jul 23, 2008)
New Wave of Ethnic Voters Will Shape Political Future (Staten Island Advance, Jul 20, 2008)
Upheaval Among New York’s Voting Blocs (NY Times, Jul 13, 2008)
NYC Sikhs Protest Attacks on Students (Newsday, Jul 1, 2008)
Mayor: Immigration Restrictions Insane (NY Sun, Jul 1, 2008)
"America is committing mass suicide" by putting restrictions on immigration, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday.
State to Issue License that Meets U.S. Identification Standards (Newsday, May 28, 2008)
Digital Bootlegging Industry Targeted (Metro, May 6, 2008)
Steps Set for Kin of 9/11 Victims to Stay in U.S. (NY Times, Apr 25, 2008)
Immigrants Sending Food Home (NY Sun, Apr 25, 2008)
Probe of Phone Cards Sought (Daily News, Mar 30, 2008)
Queens Councilmember Eric Gioia is demanding an investigation of prepaid phone card companies, claiming they swindle customers, particularly immigrants.
Immigrants March for Schools and Housing (City Room, Mar 26, 2008)
Businesses Say New York’s Clout Is Emigrating, With Visa Policies to Blame (NY Times, Mar 24, 2008)
Preliminary Mayor's Management Report (, Feb 15, 2008)
An interim look at the performance of various city agencies was released yesterday in a report called the Preliminary Mayor's Management Report. Published annually, it takes a look at the city's performance in the first four months of the fiscal year and forecasts performance expectations. Much of the information can be broken down by individual agency, issue, or community. Some significant highlights were: Sewer back up complaints jumped by 23 percent; the average response time to heat complaints rose by 50 percent (although stays within the goal of seven hours); and major felony crimes in schools were nearly a third lower than the same quarter last year.
A Caribbean Corner of Brooklyn Fights to Survive (NY Times, Feb 11, 2008)
Immigrants Among Biggest Winners in Election (NY Sun, Feb 6, 2008)
New York Spanish, a New Dialect, Rises (NY Sun, Jan 17, 2008)
Giuliani’s Immigration Legacy (Village Voice, Jan 16, 2008)
Optimism is High for Asian Political Potential in 2009 with Liu Running Citywide (City Hall, Jan 14, 2008)
What Keeps Koreatown Korean? (The Real Estate, Jan 11, 2008)
New York's Pakistanis Shaken by Bhutto's Death (NY Times, Dec 28, 2007)
NY's Pakistanis Concerned About Families Back Home (NY Post, Dec 28, 2007)
Union Protests ‘Atmosphere of Fear’ at FreshDirect (City Room, Dec 21, 2007)
Immigrant Kids More Likely to Have Lead Poisoning (Associated Press, Dec 20, 2007)
Panic at FreshDirect (Village Voice, Dec 18, 2007)
Language Barriers Exist In City Benefits Offices (NY 1, Dec 13, 2007)
Warehouse Workers Quit in Immigration Inquiry (NY Times, Dec 13, 2007)
Manhattan DA Sets Up Office to Aid Undocumented Immigrants (Daily News, Dec 5, 2007)
Unit Created to Help Immigrants (Associated Press, Dec 5, 2007)
Out-of-Towners Flocking to Ethnic Shopping Districts (Daily News, Dec 4, 2007)
Immigrants in New York Better Off, Study Finds (, Dec 3, 2007)
Foreign-born New Yorkers are better educated, more likely to have health insurance and less likely to have entered the country illegally compared with immigrants in the rest of the country, according to a new analysis.
Immigrants in New York Better Off, Study Finds (NY Times, Dec 2, 2007)
Spitzer Rethinks His Strategy (NY Times, Nov 27, 2007)
Study: NY Immigrants 'Central Component' in Economic Growth (Daily News, Nov 26, 2007)
Immigrants Pull Weight in Economy, Study Finds (NY Times, Nov 26, 2007)
Call for Action on Immigration (Newsday, Nov 16, 2007)
Spitzer to Drop License Plan (NY Times, Nov 14, 2007)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer is abandoning his plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, saying that opposition is just too overwhelming to move forward with such a policy.
Immigration in New York City: Taking the Long View (City Room, Nov 14, 2007)
Spitzer Showing Signs of Shift on License Plan (Daily News, Nov 12, 2007)
Reeling from relentless criticism of his plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, Gov. Eliot Spitzer indicated on Friday that he had not ruled out shelving the idea.
As NY Economy Sours, Aliens Plan To Leave for Home (NY Sun, Nov 9, 2007)
Proposed Licenses May Not Stand for City Services (NY Post, Nov 6, 2007)
Bloomberg Links Guns to Driver's License Plan (NY 1, Nov 2, 2007)
Prescription Information Not Translated, Groups Charge (NY Times, Oct 31, 2007)
Shift on Driver’s Licenses Angers Spitzer’s Allies (NY Observer, Oct 31, 2007)
Some Support, but Still Furor Over New Plan for Licenses (, Oct 29, 2007)
When Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced last month his plan to offer driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, he did so with little notice to lawmakers or advocates on either side of the issue, and even the administration was taken back by the intensity of the outcry.
Real ID That Spitzer Now Embraces Has Been Widely Criticized (, Oct 29, 2007)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to provide three kinds of driver’s licenses, two that would meet new federal security regulations and a third that would be available to illegal immigrants, has put New York on pace to be among the first states to adopt the federal identification program known as Real ID.
Senate Passes Ban On Spitzer License Policy (NY Times, Oct 23, 2007)
Unfazed by Public Opinion, Spitzer Pushes License Plan (Newsday, Oct 22, 2007)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who said last month that his plan to grant driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants was based on road safety and insurance considerations, changed course Friday by emphasizing that such registrations would address security issues and increase public safety.
License Proposal Finds Some Support (NY Times, Oct 9, 2007)
Kelly Criticizes License Plan (NY Post, Oct 9, 2007)
2009 Mayoral Candidates on Spitzer License Proposal (Politicker, Oct 4, 2007)
Quinn and Thompson support it, and so does Markowitz, as long as there is no loopholes "opened to our nation's real enemies." Weiner didn't respond and Castimatidis is opposed. Carrion apparently thinks it should be the fed's role to handle this issue.
Luxury Condo Development Faces Labor Abuse Allegations (Village Voice, Sep 28, 2007)
Mayor Questions Driver's License Plan (NY Post, Sep 27, 2007)
State May Sue Washington to Get Health Care for Immigrants (Daily News, Sep 26, 2007)
‘Not Approved,’ but Noach Dear Is Victorious (City Room, Sep 21, 2007)
Does Dear's victory mean safety for Kevin Parker's State Senate seat now that Dear has a comfortable job and won't challenge him? City Councilmember Kendall Stewart, who's also eyeing Parker's seat, thinks it puts Parker in danger.
Illegal Immigrants Will Be Allowed Driver's Licenses (NY Post, Sep 21, 2007)
'Last stand' for Williamsburg Hispanic Market (AM New York, Sep 21, 2007)
Immigration Status Complicating Storm Cleanup (City Limits, Sep 20, 2007)
Plans for New Arabic School Aroused Old Prejudices, Rivalries (NY Times, Aug 15, 2007)
Bloomberg: Immigrants Integral to City (NY Sun, Aug 14, 2007)
Defending New York City as a destination for immigrants, Mayor Bloomberg challenged presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and others who are calling for the federal government to slash funding for cities that don't strictly enforce immigration laws.
Head of City’s Arabic School Steps Down Under Pressure (Newsday, Aug 13, 2007)
Debbie Almontaser stepped down as the principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy after she was quoted defending the use of the word “intifada” as a T-shirt slogan.
Asians Make Broad Gains in Metro Area Population (NY Times, Aug 9, 2007)
Census Finds Blacks Leaving City (NY Sun, Aug 9, 2007)
Mexicans Remaking City Neighborhoods (AM New York, Jun 12, 2007)
Mayor Calls The Collapse of Immigration Reform "Tragic" (NY Post, Jun 9, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday called the collapse of immigration reform in Congress "tragic" and predicted the nation's economy would stall without a continual flow of foreign workers.
State Court Sides With DMV on Immigrants and Drivers Licenses (NY Sun, Jun 8, 2007)
Proposed Changes in Immigration Law Could Have Big Effect on City (NY Times, May 30, 2007)
Mayor Assails Bill in Congress on Immigration (NY Times, May 29, 2007)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in unusually pointed and broad language, criticized Congress yesterday for parts of a comprehensive immigration bill now being debated in the Senate.
Bloomberg Praises Parts of Immigration Bill (Daily News, May 19, 2007)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday applauded proposed national immigration reform yesterday that he said would tighten borders and abandon the "crazy concept" of deporting 12 million people who are here illegally. But he said the plan has shortcomings, including rules that illegal immigrants already here return to their home countries to reapply for entry and a guest worker program that would require them to leave after two years.
Brooklyn School Is Dropped as Site of Arabic Academy (NY Post, May 5, 2007)
Responding to an outcry from parents, the city yesterday dropped plans to have a Brooklyn elementary school share its building with a new Arabic-language secondary school.
Mayor Praises Immigrants (Daily News, May 3, 2007)
Immigrants are the lifeblood of the country and Americans must not forget it. That was the message from Mayor Bloomberg yesterday.
Protesters Waving Flag of Equality (Daily News, May 2, 2007)
Calling for immigration reform that is more compassionate than combative, thousands of protesters took to the city's streets for a May Day show of force.
Commissioner Responds to Language Barriers in Housing (Gotham Gazette, Apr 24, 2007)
Bloomberg Visits Mexico (NY Sun, Apr 24, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg's trip to Mexico today, his fourth visit to a foreign country in as many months, is adding fuel to the speculation that he is attempting to shore up his international credentials and raise his national profile in preparation for a White House run.
Overcrowded Housing Often a Necessity for Immigrants (Daily News, Mar 12, 2007)
Mayor Defends Performance in Fire Aftermath (NY Sun, Mar 12, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg's office has released a detailed report of the steps the city took in the wake of a deadly fire in the Bronx, a move that seems designed to assuage critics who said the mayor should not have left the city after the blaze.
Demand for English Lessons Outstrips Supply (NY Times, Feb 27, 2007)
High Hopes For Council's First Haitian (NY Sun, Feb 22, 2007)
The telephones at Radyo Pa Nou started ringing as soon as word got out that Mathieu Eugene, a medical doctor born in Haiti, won the District 40 City Council seat in a special election Tuesday, becoming the first Haitian voted onto the council.
City Will Open Arabic Public School (Associated Press, Feb 15, 2007)
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Shape a New Economy (NY Times, Feb 6, 2007)
City Lawmaker Protests Against TV Station For Reporting About Mouse In Chinese Food (Daily News, Feb 4, 2007)
A city lawmaker plans to lead a protest today against TV station CW 11 over two newscasts that reported a woman found a mouse in her Chinese food takeout. CW 11 aired two segments about the New Food King restaurant in Brooklyn.
Concerns Of The Working Poor (, Jan 25, 2007)
This survey by the Community Service Society looks at what low-income New Yorkers see as the most important policy issues for public officials. The survey is set up to compare and contrast the attitudes of American born New Yorkers to those of immigrants. Both see as the top issues keeping rent down and improving public education, but the U.S.-born are worried most about jobs and crime; immigrants say housing and health care. The report examines the reasons for the differences.
Mayor Says Deadbeat Diplomats Never Pay Parking Fines (Daily News, Jan 20, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday he's given up hope that a bunch of "deadbeat countries" will ever pay the whopping $18 million they owe in parking fines.
Spitzer Poised to Ease Access to Licenses for Immigrants (NY Sun, Jan 19, 2007)
The national security debate over giving illegal immigrants driver's licenses is heating up in New York, as Governor Spitzer considers throwing out a Pataki-era policy requiring applicants to submit valid Social Security numbers.
New Yorkers From 100 Nations Explain Why They Came Here, Why They Love NYC (Daily News, Jan 9, 2007)
45 Foreign-Born Sex Offenders Face Deportation (Metro, Nov 30, 2006)
Small Schools Excluding Students Learning English: Report (NY Post, Nov 29, 2006)
Bias Episodes Rattle a University (NY Post, Oct 23, 2006)
Pace University will offer sensitivity training for students in response to a spate of vandalism cases with religious or racial overtones, including two incidents involving the Koran being found in toilets, officials said yesterday.
Immigrant Rally Brings Crowd To Union Square (Daily News, Oct 23, 2006)
Several hundred people filled Union Square yesterday to rally for immigrants' rights and call for legislation that would provide more legal work opportunities for new arrivals to the U.S.
Immigrant Groups Plan March From Union Square To Times Square On Saturday (Metro, Oct 17, 2006)
In New York Immigration Court, Asylum Roulette (NY Times, Oct 9, 2006)
More Muslims Arrive in U.S., After 9/11 Dip (, Sep 11, 2006)
America’s newest Muslims arrive in the afternoon crunch at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Their planes land from Dubai, Casablanca and Karachi. They stand in line, clasping documents. They emerge, sometimes hours later, steering their carts toward a flock of relatives, a stream of cabs, a new life.
11 Bereaved Families Received Millions in 9/11 Payments, But Can (, Sep 5, 2006)
Judge Orders City to Aid Battered Immigrants (NY Times, Aug 30, 2006)
Sorry to Skip Trip, Bloomberg Tells Irish (Daily News, Jul 28, 2006)
Mayor Bloomberg issued a formal apology yesterday to the people of Ireland for suddenly canceling his plans to unveil a monument for the Fighting 69th Infantry Division of New York's National Guard.
Arab Groups Criticize Mayor for One-Sided Statements on Middle East (Daily News, Jul 21, 2006)
Some local Arab-American leaders expressed concern over Mayor Bloomberg’s recent statements unequivocally supporting Israel in the Hezbollah conflict in Lebanon.
Bloomberg on Immigration (Daily News, May 25, 2006)
Launching himself into the immigration debate, Mayor Bloomberg offered a radical Big Brother-style plan: Give every legal worker a fraud-proof identification card - sealed with a person's DNA or fingerprints.
Guilty Verdict in Plot to Bomb Subway Station (NY Times, May 25, 2006)
A federal jury in Brooklyn convicted a Pakistani immigrant yesterday in the plot to blow up the Herald Square subway station in 2004. The jurors rejected his defense that a paid police informer had entrapped him by stoking his rage with images of Muslims abused at the hands of Americans.
More Construction Jobs Going to Non-Union Workers (Village Voice, May 10, 2006)
Officials Deny Rumors of Raids on Immigrants, But Fear Remains (Daily News, May 8, 2006)
Mayor Chimes In For Immig Line (Daily News, May 3, 2006)
Amid the cacophony of ringing phones at the Daily News' Citizenship Now! call-in bank, Mayor Bloomberg recalled yesterday how one of his own aides recently became a U.S. citizen.
New York Immigrants Rally For Rights (Daily News, May 2, 2006)
Thousands Turn Out, but Support Is Mixed Among New York's Immigrants (NY Times, May 2, 2006)
Pro-Immigrant Protests Planned (, Apr 30, 2006)
Pro-immigrant groups have called for an economic boycott on May 1 to dramatize their call for laws providing legal status for millions in the U.S. illegally. A march ending at 26 Federal Plaza, the headquarters of the federal immigration agency, is planned. Many immigrants and their supporters say they will not go to work or school, or spend money on May Day. But a boycott doesn't have the support of all New York’s immigrant advocacy groups. Some fear that people may get fired or that such an action will create . a backlash, hurting federal immigration-reform legislation.
City Immigrants Plan to Create (Metro, Apr 26, 2006)
Immigrant Rights Groups Debate What to Do Next (Village Voice, Apr 19, 2006)
Bloomberg Warns Against Strike by Illegal Immigrants (NY Sun, Apr 17, 2006)
Building on street protests that have drawn public attention to the policy debate over immigration, some New York illegal immigrants are planning a one day strike on May 1 that Mayor Bloomberg is warning against.
Illegal Immigrants Scrambling To Pay Taxes as Senate Mulls Reform (NY Sun, Apr 12, 2006)
Business at Nuby Hurtado's small "multi-service" company in Queens is booming this tax season with illegal immigrants eager to get in good with the American government.
Immigrants Rally For Rights (, Apr 11, 2006)
Eclectic Crowd Joins a Call for the Rights of Immigrants (, Apr 11, 2006)
Immigrant Rally Engulfs City Hall (Newsday, Apr 11, 2006)
Profile of a Nine-Year-Old Immigrant (New York Magazine, Apr 10, 2006)
Mike Comments on Immigration -- Again (Daily News, Apr 8, 2006)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has made several comments about immigration in the last several days,including calling for construction of a wall, entered the fray once again Friday, this time suggesting that the naturalization process "be even tougher.”
Senate Finds Compromise on Immigration (Washington Post, Apr 7, 2006)
Voting Rights Urged for Legal Workers (Daily News, Apr 6, 2006)
Documented immigrants who live in the city for at least six months would be allowed to vote in municipal elections under a bill introduced yesterday in the City Council.
(AlterNet, Apr 3, 2006)
New Yorkers' most popular rallying cry during Saturday's pro-immigrant demonstration was the buoyant Si se puede! (Yes, we can!). From the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Manhattan's Federal Plaza, the enthusiastic call was chanted to the beat of drums and punctuated by the trill of whistles. While the motto Si se puede! has been appropriated from Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers union (which was against illegal immigration), the optimistic phrase has proven an apt mantra in the call for compassionate immigration reform. The atmosphere of Saturday's march was more Fourth of July meets Cinco de Mayo than cops in riot gear meet fist-pumping anarchists (like the 2004 protest against the Republican convention). The mile-long line of marchers featured hundreds of parents pushing toddlers in strollers, a man on stilts and a rainbow of flags; a visual reminder of the countries at least 11 million undocumented immigrants have fled escaping poverty and hopelessness -- Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and a dozen more.
Thousands Rally in New York in Support of Immigrants' Rights (, Apr 2, 2006)
Thousands of people marched from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan Saturday in support of immigrants' rights, the largest such rally so far in the New York area and the latest in a string of marches tied to immigration legislation under consideration in Congress.
Thousands Rally Against Immigrant Crackdown (Daily News, Apr 2, 2006)
Waving the flags of their homelands, tens of thousands of legal and undocumented immigrants streamed over the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday to protest a proposed crackdown on border crossing.
More Than 20,000 Demand Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants in United States (Washington Post, Apr 2, 2006)
Within sight of the Statue of Liberty, thousands of young families, teenagers and activists walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday demanding an end to second-class citizenship and amnesty for illegal immigrants. The demonstration, which drew more than 20,000 participants, was the latest in a series of protests that have sounded across the nation
Mayor Attacks 2 Main Ideas on Immigrants (, Mar 31, 2006)
Wading into the national immigration debate, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said this week that two major proposals under discussion in Washington — criminalization of illegal immigration and a temporary worker program championed by President Bush — were unrealistic, shortsighted and a distraction from more pressing issues, like better border control and verification of job applicants' documents.
Feds Pay $300 G To Settle First Lawsuit In 9/11 Sweep Of Innocent Muslims (NY Times, Feb 28, 2006)
Senator McCain Comes To NYC To Promote His Immigration Reform Bill (, Feb 28, 2006)
Spitzer Wage Violation Actions Win Him Support from Undocumented Immigrants (NY Sun, Jan 23, 2006)
Bloomberg Vetoes Translation Bill for City Schools (City Limits, Jan 23, 2006)
On Friday, Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the Education Equity Act, a hotly contested bill that would provide translation services to parents of children in New York City public schools. While state regulations already require schools to translate documents like report cards and provide interpreters for parents, many still fail to provide these services, said Andrew Friedman, co-director of Make the Road by Walking, a Bushwick-based advocacy group.
As Recent Asian Immigrants Collide With American Culture, Obesity and Diabetes a Growing Threat (NY Times, Jan 12, 2006)
Four Men Sentenced for Scheming $3.3 Million From Immigrants (Newsday, Jan 5, 2006)
Translation Bill For Schools Is in Limbo (NY Sun, Dec 28, 2005)
A bill that would require report cards and other school papers to be translated into up to eight different languages for parents who don't understand English is in limbo despite passing easily last week in the City Council. The bill, the Education Equity Act, is expected to cost the city $20 million. Immigration advocates and council members who voted to approve the measure say parents are being shut out of their children's education, and have called the issue a matter of civil rights. The Bloomberg administration has accused the council of overstepping its jurisdiction and said that under state law only Albany or the Department of Education can legislate education issues. The mayor is not likely to sign the bill when he sits down on Thursday to sign into law dozens of other pieces of legislation
Immigrant Victims of Abuse Are Illegally Denied Benefits, Lawsuit Charges (NY Times, Dec 13, 2005)
Hundreds of battered immigrant women and children are being illegally denied food stamps and other aid because of programming errors in New York welfare computers and faulty staff training, according to legal papers that poverty lawyers plan to file in federal court today. The lawsuit is a last resort, the lawyers said, because city and state officials have failed to fix systemic problems that force many women to choose between staying safe and feeding their families, despite government policies aimed at supporting them until they can get on their feet.
Council Overrides Veto on Diwali Parking (, Dec 9, 2005)
The City Council voted Thursday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a bill to suspend alternative side parking for Diwali, a popular Hindu religious holiday.
5,000 Fake IDs Seized in Queens Sweep (NY Sun, Dec 8, 2005)
Over Half of City (NY Sun, Nov 18, 2005)
Two Ethnic Sites (Gotham Gazette, Nov 14, 2005)
"The Largest Migratory Wave In History" (, Nov 7, 2005)
Interview with Marcelo Suarez-Orozco of New York University's Institute for Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings: "Immigrants in the United States are over 35 million people. That's the largest number in the history of our country; it's also larger than the entire Canadian population. While immigration peaked in the 1990s, we continue to have very large numbers of immigrants coming to our cities. What remains very, very interesting and has become kind of an enduring problem in the new immigration, is that while overall numbers have declined, the number of undocumented immigrants has remained stable. Since the 1990s, the United States has been receiving about a million people every year - that's legal and illegal - but now probably more undocumented immigrants come to the United States than documented immigrants..."
50 Criminal Alietn Sex Offenders Arrested In NYC As Part of "Operation Predator" (, Oct 30, 2005)
Marcy Forman, Director of Investigations, Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Richard Levy, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Probation announced today that ICE agents and probation officers arrested 50 criminal alien sex offenders in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan as part of the Department of Homeland Security's "Operation Predator." The Predators arrested today are foreign born convicted sex offenders guilty of rape, sodomy, assault with intent to cause physical injury, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, course sex conduct and possessing a sexual performance by a child. The youngest of the victims was three.
Protection for Day Laborers (, Oct 19, 2005)
A law signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday aims to provide protection to workers who congregate on street corners in the hopes of finding work for the day. The legislation calls for the city to create a commission to consider how to create sites where workers can meet employers through public/private partnerships. One of the goals would be to connect workers with employers who offer safe working conditions and good pay.
NYC Has Longest Green-Card Wait In Country (Daily News, Oct 3, 2005)
3. Portrait Of A South Asian Political "Fixer" In New York (New York Times Magazine, Oct 3, 2005)
City Council Debates Job Centers for Day Laborers (Gotham Gazette, Sep 29, 2005)
Defying Bloomberg, Council Committee Votes to Suspend Parking Rules on Diwali (, Sep 21, 2005)
Despite opposition from the Bloomberg administration, a City Council committee Tuesday voted unanimously to approve legislation adding Diwali to the list of holidays that alternate-side-of-the-street parking rules would be suspended.
Rights Agency Urges U.S. Not to Deport AIDS Patient (, Aug 27, 2005)
The human rights arm of the Organization of American States is asking the United States not to deport a terminally ill AIDS patient from the Bronx while it reviews her claim that deportation would violate her basic right to life.
Court Rules That Low Income Immigrants Must Receive Same Benefits as Citizens (NY Times, Aug 19, 2005)
Deliveryman Relives Fear of 81-Hour Ordeal in Elevator (NY Times, Aug 17, 2005)
Invisible to Most, Immigrant Women Line Up for Day Labor (NY Times, Aug 15, 2005)
The women are not noticed by the weekday morning crowds that rush past Eighth Avenue and 37th Street, in the heart of Manhattan's fashion district. They arrive in twos and threes after 8 a.m., shrinking against the buildings on both sides of the avenue, until scores of them are waiting, small, dark-haired Mexicans, Ecuadoreans, Hondurans.
Mayor's Move to Cut Chinese Food Stirs a Tempest in a Wok (NY Times, Aug 14, 2005)
So when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, 63, mentioned last week that he was cutting back on Chinese food, as part of an attempt to lose weight for the home stretch of his re-election campaign, the news hit the Chinese restaurants and landed splat in the duck sauce.
Immigrants worry about deportation amid federal zeal on terrorism (, Aug 2, 2005)
The aggressive use of immigration laws, which authorities say has become a significant enforcement tool, has helped the authorities capture more lawbreakers, from people with outdated visas to sex predators. But it has settled somewhat incongruously across New York City, a metropolis largely shaped by its history as an immigrant gateway. After decades of ups and downs in the number of immigrants detained and deported from the United States based on evolving immigration laws and policies, deportations jumped to an all-time peak in 2003, the latest year for which government data are available. In that year, a record 186,151 people were removed from the United States -- along with their kin -- despite legal appeals. The total represented a 24 percent increase in deportations compared to the previous year. In the metropolitan area, the increase was 55 percent -- from 2,877 to 4,468 deportees, plus their family members. Advocates for immigrants contend the increases are the result of a clampdown climate that has weighed most heavily upon new arrivals from Mideast and South Asian countries, particularly Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Muslim Immigrants Confront FBI Over Tactics (, Jun 4, 2005)
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the relationship between Muslims and law enforcement agents has been predictably fragile. The two groups have engaged in a delicate dance, balancing self-interest with political calculation. People on both sides acknowledge a need for meaningful cooperation. But the relationship has frayed - and the voice of dissent among Muslims grown more audible - as a result of a series of criminal cases that have raised questions about the methods used by authorities in their fight against terrorism. The government's focus on undercover sting operations and the recruitment of a network of Muslim informers has provoked the sharpest criticism. The most recent sting, which produced arrests last week in New York and Florida, has further stirred debate, although many details of the investigation, which led to charges that two American Muslim men conspired to aid Al Qaeda, remain unknown.
More Africans Enter U.S. Than in Days of Slavery (, Feb 21, 2005)
For the first time, more blacks are coming to the United States from Africa than during the slave trade. Since 1990, according to immigration figures, more have arrived voluntarily than the total who disembarked in chains before the United States outlawed international slave trafficking in 1807. More have been coming here annually - about 50,000 legal immigrants - than in any of the peak years of the middle passage across the Atlantic, and more have migrated here from Africa since 1990 than in nearly the entire preceding two centuries. New York State draws the most; Nigeria and Ghana are among the top 20 sources of immigrants to New York City
DMV defends tough rules (, Jan 5, 2005)
Immigrant advocates upset by New York's efforts to combat driver license fraud are "living in a pre-9/11 world," the head of the state Department of Motor Vehicles told the Daily News yesterday.
Russians Marry Early (, Dec 23, 2004)
By the time they turn 40, only 4 percent of women born in Russia or one of the other former Soviet republics have never married, compared with 15 percent for all women in that age group in the United States. Even among other ethnic groups, they stand out, with a rate of never-married women that is less than half that of foreign-born Chinese and a third that of foreign-born Hispanics, according to an analysis of 2000 census data for The New York Times.
Afghans in Queens (, Dec 23, 2004)
Choosing Clothes, but Not Husbands; Afghan Women Strive to Mix New Liberties and Old Beliefs.
Mexicans in New York City (, Dec 23, 2004)
According to the 2000 United States census, 186,872 Mexicans live in the city, more than triple the number a decade earlier; in addition at least 100,000 or more are undocumented immigrants. Many are doing jobs no one else wants, for pay few would accept. Many Mexicans in New York bear, in addition to the freight of economic pressure, the fear of deportation.
UAlbany (, Dec 23, 2004)
Study finds rapid acceptance of English by children and grandchildren of immigrants
Immigrant Tales (, Nov 24, 2004)
Personal stories of recent immigrants to various regions in New York.
Bloomberg Seeks to Toughen Code for Noise in City (, Jun 16, 2004)
Bloomberg Seeks to Toughen Code for Noise in City Bloomberg proposed legislation to cope with the city's noise problem. Noise is the number one complaint on the city's 311 number, about 1,000 calls a day.
Large Study on Mental Illness Finds Global Prevalence (, Jun 10, 2004)
Preliminary results from the world's largest survey on mental health indicate that mental illness is widespread and undertreated, and that wealthy people with mild illness receive more and better treatment than poor people with severe illness.
Fears About Medicaid Cuts Stall Bill to End Late Budgets (, Jun 10, 2004)
Nearly two months after legislative leaders announced that they had agreed on a long-term plan to end two decades of late budgets, one of the bills has become bogged down in the Assembly after strenuous objections from hospitals and their workers, who complain that it could lead to deep, automatic cuts to Medicaid.
Immigrant Voters Could Change Election Landscapes (, Jun 3, 2004)
A scattered movement growing across the country would buck decades of conventional wisdom and allow non-citizens the right to vote in local elections, a move that proponents say would give immigrants the ability to directly impact government in their communities.
Visa delays have 'cost US $30bn in 2 years' (, Jun 3, 2004)
Corporate America has suffered $30.7bn in lost revenue and other costs over the past two years as a result of delays in visas for foreign business travellers, according to eight US business organisations.
Database on U.S. Visitors Set for Huge Expansion (, Jun 3, 2004)
The Department of Homeland Security yesterday awarded a contract worth up to $10 billion to Accenture LLP to oversee and expand a massive U.S. program to track millions of foreign visitors as they cross American borders.
In a Lawsuit, Same-Sex Couples Say New York State Ruined Their Wedding Plans (, May 6, 2004)
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit yesterday against New York State's Department of Health on behalf of 13 same-sex couples whose plans to be married by the mayor of New Paltz were thwarted after criminal charges were brought against him. The marriages never took place because Mayor Jason West, who officiated at 25 same-sex marriages in February, was charged with 19 misdemeanor counts of solemnizing unlicensed marriages and placed under a court injunction to cease doing so. The same charge was filed against two Unitarian ministers who stepped in to solemnize marriages in the mayor's place.
Homeland Insecurity:The Once and Future Shambles at the INS (, Nov 27, 2002)
The dancing on the grave of the Immigration and Naturalization Service began last April, when the House of Representatives resolved to abolish the 110-year-old agency. (Village Voice)