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Ellis Island - FREE Port of New York Passenger Records Search. Why New York Is Still the Capital of Immigrant America. ICE agents pat down detainees. New York City recently passed legislation to protect immigrants from the Obama administrations zealous detainment and deportation policies. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey.) In March of this year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared New York “the most immigrant-friendly city in the world.” The occasion: the signing of Local Laws 982 and 989, two pieces of of legislation designed to shield immigrants from the long and overzealous arm of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. About the Author Ghita Schwarz Ghita Schwarz is an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and the author of Displaced Persons, a novel. In passing these laws, New York joins a small group of cities rejecting some of the harshest effects of the Obama administration’s expansion of the federal Secure Communities program.

And New York City does more than defend immigrants from ICE; it takes affirmative steps to serve immigrants. Tarnished Golden Land Tired, Organized Masses A New Life? Native-Born Americans More Likely To Commit Crimes Than Immigrants, Study Finds. By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee "Native-Born Americans More Likely To Commit Crimes Than Immigrants, Study Finds" A Criminology and Delinquency study released last week found that second generation immigrants have “striking similarities” to their native-born, non-Hispanic white counterparts when it comes to committing crime. In fact, when it comes to crime rates, second-generation offenders are merely “catching up” to the native-born population, as the Pew Research Center’s data blog Fact Tank reported.

Biance E. Bersani conducted the study using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, and found that criminality peaks at the age of 16 for 25 percent of the native-born population and a little less than 25 percent for second-generation immigrants. Meanwhile, 17 percent of 16 year old first-generation immigrants committed crime.

Overall, first-generation immigrants commit crime at a lower rate than second-generation and native-born, non-Hispanic whites. Les podcasts de L'UniverCité. Immigrant Archive Project: Immigrant Stories shared on video. The women who do it all but don’t have it all. I first met Antigone when I was nine. She just hung there on the wall. Her task was to bury her dead brother; mine was to dust her off. As I polished the frame that held her, I fell in love with a world so different from mine, one of poetic words and lofty art. While helping my mom clean professors' homes, I became conscious of socioeconomic stratification, of looking within while being without. Like many minority women, my mom did this as a second job—a burden we both carried just so that we could get by. Those are the challenges engulfing minority women every day. I grew up watching minority and immigrant women having to hustle to make it. Istock That sheds light on the troubling correlation between gender, race and income inequality in this country.

I am an immigrant who came to the United States as a child when my parents fled communist Romania. While money isn’t always the solution, it is certainly a key part of the problem. The First Lady seems to understand this. Blurring The Border To See Two Sides : The Picture Show. Hide caption Liliana (Lily) Ramos reaches over her daughter toward her dog, Linda. Lily had heard pets help people deal with difficult situations, so she got the dog after she was ordered to be deported. Dania Maxwell Hide caption A framed picture of Lily with her two girls at her home in Bend, Ore.

Lily left the picture and her kids — Brian, Ashley and Karleen — with a relative when she was deported to Mexico. "No quiero que sufren," she said. "I don't want them to suffer. " Dania Maxwell Hide caption Lily asked her mother, Micaela, to move from Los Angeles to Bend to watch over her three children. Micaela quickly found a job as a hotel maid. Hide caption "I wanted to visit my mom, but you're not allowed to leave the country while on your leave," Victor says in front of his home in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Growing up in Santa Barbara, Calif., photojournalist Dania Maxwell saw two different sides of life. "I grew up, I feel, with a lot of privilege," she says. Think Immigration | How should we assess both the costs and benefits of immigration reform? In the coming days the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will issue a “score” (price tag) on the Senate immigration bill. Many expect that they will come up with a number that shows we gain more than we spend by reforming our immigration laws. However, at this point, the most expansive scenario contemplated by the CBO is focused on future flows of immigrants into the United States and does not include the economic benefits stemming for creating a pathway to legal status and eventual U.S. citizenship for the millions of unauthorized immigrants already living in the country. If the CBO adopts this sort of approach in scoring the immigration reform bill they could miss the economic benefits associated with legalization, which are likely to be substantial believe many economists.

Previous immigration reform proposals in 2006 and 2007 evaluated by the CBO showed that revamping the legal immigration system would result in a boost to the economy. Stand With Families: National AAPI Day of Action for Immigration Reform, June 5. Will you stand with families? Tomorrow is the National AAPI Day of Action for Immigration Reform. Stand With Families is a mobilization taking place in Washington DC on Wednesday, June 5. Hundreds of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians will be gathering from all over the United States to call for a just and humane immigration reform that puts families first. Community members will share stories, visit their legislators, and hold a Rally on the steps of the United States Capitol.

To read real stories of individuals affected by immigration reform, go to Can't make it to Washington? You can still speak out and make your voice heard. For further information about the Stand With Families mobilization, go here. GC Immigration Working Group: John Jay Immigration and Deportation Initiative : Events. From the initiative's description: The initiative is intended to bring the continuing legislative efforts around immigration – and the discourse that surrounds them – into the community life and curriculum of the college, to generate debate and conversation, and to engage our students (nearly half of whom are themselves immigrants or the children of immigrants) intellectually with issues that will likely have direct and profound effects on their own lives and those of their loved ones.

This project will bring together a series of activities and events in order to encompass as many of the multifaceted origins and impacts of deportation as possible. This collection of approaches is intended to paint a varied and textured picture of the issues surrounding migration generally and deportation in particular. Take advantage and participate in this exciting local program! Whole Foods’ English-Only Policy Is Clueless and Wrong. A Chinese Push for Urbanization - Slide Show. Li Rui, 60, scavenged his former village for building materials in Liaocheng. Mr. Li was a farmer until three years ago, when the local government razed his village for an urban development zone. Chongqing, one of the fastest-growing and biggest cities on earth, with a population of 29 million. The old buildings under the high-rises are destined for demolition in the near future.

Chen Hua, 50, moved out of a temporary accommodation in her village for her new home in Liaocheng. Her village house was bulldozed three years ago for development. Ms. Minxin Jiayuan is a flagship low-income housing project in Chongqing. A woman fell asleep during work at a restaurant that is part of a new housing project in the city of Chongqing. Former farmers working on a park built over farmland in Chengdu, where the local government is razing villages and farmland on the outskirts of the city to make way for urban development. A highway interchange in Chengdu. Diaspora groups as essential bridge builders - New Canadian Media - NCM. By Alice Musabende in Ottawa and Jacky Habib in Toronto Diaspora populations are increasingly being seen as “bridge builders” between host countries and the nations they come from, particularly amid crisis situations as with the recent earthquake in Haiti.

With more and more countries – both in the global North (developed) and South (developing) – acknowledging the value of these migrant communities, several of them have appointed Cabinet-level ministers to specifically tap into this human resource and make economic and trade linkages. As with the 2010 devastating Haiti earthquake, diaspora populations are invariably in the forefront of relief efforts, serving as humanitarian ambassadors for their homelands. Against this backdrop, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized the world’s first-ever Diaspora Ministerial Conference in Geneva (June 18-19), attended by delegates from 114 countries, including Canada, and 55 ministers and high-level government representation. G.O.P. in House Leaves Immigration Bill in Doubt.

Lessons on Immigration in Two Governors’ Races.