Immigration

Antonio with Mexican activist Elvira Arellano during a presentation at Bard College. (Photo via La Voz)

‘We are Essential to This Nation’

Immigration, Metro Area, Mexican March 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

A farmworker, and father, chronicles his arduous day on the job in the Hudson Valley, as part of a project from the Rural & Migrant Ministry nonprofit to collect stories from farmworkers in New York state. La Voz publishes his story.

Nisha Agarwal (Photo by Emilia David for Voices of NY)

Financial Access Hard to Get for Immigrants

Government, Immigration, New York February 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Immigrants turn to so-called “fringe” financial services to do their banking where they do not face the impediments found at formal financial institutions, finds a report released by the Northwest Queens Financial Education Network.

Funding for ESL Classes Not Keeping Up With Demand?

Funding for ESL Classes Not Keeping Up With Demand?

African American, Immigration February 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

“Independent Sources” explores a recent report that finds the state is failing to keep up with the demand for ESL classes, and a book that pays homage to a relatively unknown Black artist who was active in fighting for civil rights.

Yalda Afif, case manager (left), inconversation with Naheed Bahram (right), WAW’s program director (Photo by Ramaa Raghavan for Voices of NY)

A Voice for Afghan Women

Featured Posts, Immigration, Muslim, Women February 24, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Women for Afghan Women, a grass-roots community organization in Fresh Meadows, helps women suffering from domestic abuse and has reached out to imams for support.

The event was organized by El Diario, Univision and NALEO as part of its activities for Immigration Week. (Photo by Víctor Matos via El Diario)

Hundreds Pack Forum on Immigration Relief in the Bronx

Bronx, Immigration, Latino February 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm

The brutal cold did not stop more than 600 people from attending an information session about Deferred Action, El Diario reports.

Will Immigration Relief Provide Medicaid?

Will Immigration Relief Provide Medicaid?

Black, Health, Immigration, Video February 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

In this episode of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources”: The president’s executive action could provide health care to hundreds of thousands of immigrants in NYS; the not-so-radical roots of Boko Haram; and a festival celebrating Black independent filmmakers.

Angélica Salgado (left) and her son Pablo with a group of immigrants. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Vowing to Keep Up the Fight on Immigration

Immigration, Latino, Metro Area February 19, 2015 at 2:39 pm

After a federal judge blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, New York immigration advocacy groups joined in protest, El Diario reports.

Screenshot from "Claiming our Voice." (Photo by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, courtesy of Fine Grain Films)

Screening Films About Immigrant Women in Queens

Culture, Immigration, Queens, Women February 18, 2015 at 4:59 pm

The varied experiences of immigrant women in New York will be represented in a new film series scheduled to begin Feb. 27 in Maspeth, Queens Courier reports.

Samsun Nahar, a parent leader with Desis Rising Up and Moving or DRUM, speaks to advocates, other parents and the press about the lack of translation and interpretation services for Bengali at her kids' schools in the Bronx. After speaking to the crowd in Bengali, Roksana Mun, also with DRUM gave Nahar's speech in English.  (Photo by Jennifer Lehman for Voices of NY)

Schools Urged to Offer More Language Services for Parents

Education, Featured Posts, Immigration, New York, Voices' Picks February 17, 2015 at 11:27 pm

The New York Immigration Coalition’s Education Collaborative is urging schools to offer more language access services to parents.

Francisco Curiel cannot wait to apply for DACA (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Vowing to Fulfill Young Immigrants’ Dreams

Featured Posts, Immigration, Youth February 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Roadblocks may appear, but immigrants who qualify are eager to apply to the expanded DACA program, El Diario reports.

Mariel Fiori, managing editor of La Voz. (Photo via La Voz)

Opinion: 2015, the Year of Citizenship

Immigration, Latino, Opinion February 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm

In an editorial, Mariel Fiori, managing editor of the Hudson Valley-based publication La Voz, urges immigrants, especially Mexicans and other Latinos, to seek citizenship in 2015.

Celebrating a Burmese Hero

Celebrating a Burmese Hero

Featured Posts, Immigration, Southeast Asian, Voices' Picks February 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Burmese in Queens marked the centennial of the birth of Burmese hero Gen. Aung San, who fought for Burmese independence from the British.

Melissa Mark-Viverito giving her first State of the City address.

Mark-Viverito, the State of the City, and Immigrant Rights

Immigration, New York, Politics February 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

A progressive agenda, including a focus on immigrant rights, has characterized Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s first year, Gotham Gazette reports.

Angelo remembers the moments he experienced when he immigrated to New York. (Photo by Rafael Gaviria via Diario de México)

Away from Home, Angelo Cabrera Speaks About His Future

Featured Posts, Immigration, Mexican, New York February 9, 2015 at 4:01 pm

From his family’s humble home in Puebla, Mexico, Angelo Cabrera tells Diario de Mexico about his desires to keep fighting for his fellow Mexicans in NY, the city he calls “my home.”

A Day in the Life of Miguel

A Day in the Life of Miguel

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor, Mexican, Voices' Picks January 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Miguel, 29, is a Mexican immigrant working in a Brooklyn deli. Rahim Chagani follows him at his job in this photo essay.