U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in  DeKalb County, Georgia. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Gulbenk, CC BY-SA 3.0)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the first in a two-part series. NEW YORK — Congregating on benches in a downtown Manhattan courtroom, children and their guardians listen to a young woman who stands in front of them talking in Spanish. The speaker, Marielos Ramos, is not…

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NEW YORK — Walking down Junction Boulevard toward Corona Avenue in Queens is akin to exploring a microcosm of Latin America: Mexican and Guatemalan eateries are clustered close to Roosevelt Avenue, then come Dominican phone shops, followed by Colombian and Peruvian bakeries further south until the scenery turns Argentine. Tree trunks are painted sky blue, white,…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Marc A. Hermann/New York City MTA, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York state, visited Cuba Monday to lobby for increased commercial ties between his state’s businesses and the island nation, despite the continued existence of a broader economic embargo targeting the latter. Cuomo and his delegation met on Monday with several top Cuban officials, including Rodrigo Malmierca…

Roslina Abdul from the Queens Community House shares the stories of deported community members at the forum. Anna Dioguardi, the House's community organizing director, translates her testimony into Spanish.

NEW YORK — A new federal program called Secure Communities makes many residents of New York feel anything but safe. Piloted in 2008, the policy requires local police to share the fingerprints of everyone they arrest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and to detain and deport those who are here without visas. Secure…

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NEW YORK — New York City’s low-wage workers need more protection, advocates said this week. At a Manhattan conference Tuesday, sponsored by the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and grassroots groups, participants brainstormed how to support the city’s low-wage immigrant workers. Immigrant workers suffer workplace abuse, conference organizers said. They can be more vulnerable to…

Immigration Rally

New York — Protesters carrying signs declaring “Justice and Dignity for the Immigrants” and “Reform Not Raids” converged inside the Judson Memorial Church, in New York City’s Washington Square Park, on Wednesday to demand immigration law reform in 2010 as part of a rally set up by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). Members from…