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Castle Garden 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! Free Genealogy and Family History Online - The USGenWeb Project 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.” 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. Compared with enforcement programs such as the Bush administration’s Operation “Return to Sender,” which targeted civil immigration violators in a series of brutal home raid operations, S-Comm has been subject to far less criticism. And New York City does more than defend immigrants from ICE; it takes affirmative steps to serve immigrants. A New Life?

Coats of Arms (Family Crests) & Surname Histories | Genealogy, Ancestry, and Family Tree Research 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. Biance E. Bersani’s study helps to dispel previous theories that some second-generation immigrants exhibit criminal behavior solely because they live in “two colliding worlds”– they purportedly act out because they are caught between conflicting family and social expectations. She also finds that, “having peers in a gang increased the probability that an individual had been arrested in the previous year by 23% for second-generation immigrants and 25% for native-born non-Hispanic whites.” Update The article has been changed to reflect that the study came from a Criminology and Delinquency journal, not from the Pew Research Center.

There Are 7 Types of English Surnames — Which One Is Yours? Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Surnames [Photo credit: Shutterstock] Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in England. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman son of Richard, Henry the Whitehead, Elizabeth of the Field, and Joan of York that, ultimately, led to many of our current surnames. There are perhaps 45,000 different English surnames, but most had their origins as one of these seven types. Occupational Occupational names identified people based on their job or position in society. This kind of name also gave a clue about whom a servant worked for. Describing a personal characteristic Some names, often adjectives, were based on nicknames that described a person. From an English place name From the name of an estate Signifying patronage