Immigration

December, 2013

Flushing

State assembly members join forces to make Dream Act pass

Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) convened with fellow state legislators at his office Tuesday in a renewed effort to pass the Dream Act in New York state. Comments (3).

August, 2013

Jackson Heights

‘Dream 9’ mom protests boro immigration event

Among two dozen protesters outside the Becoming America Congressional Delegation’s event in Jackson Heights Saturday was a mother who knows firsthand how the country’s immigration policy can affect a family. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

U.S. lawmakers visit Jackson Heights to research the immigrant experience

On a final stop in a weekend geared toward examining immigration in New York City, federal lawmakers gathered in Jackson Heights to hear the story of how one of their own ended up in this country and to listen to advocates and a young woman whose immigration status remains somewhat in limbo. Comments (1).

May, 2013

Flushing

Meng joins Schumer on immigration bill

After speaking out in concern over certain provisions in a comprehensive immigration bill, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) cited the art of compromise for helping her sign onto the legislation authored in part by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). Comment.

April, 2013

Flushing

Terrorism alters immigration bill debate

Some borough advocates of federal immigration reform are concerned that a new bipartisan measure to overhaul the current system will be derailed by the Boston Marathon bombings, allegedly carried out by two young men who immigrated to the United States from Kyrgyzstan. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Quinn DREAM Act town hall packs LaGuardia CC

A town hall hosted last week by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) at LaGuardia Community College’s Little Theater on immigration reform and the state DREAM Act drew so many people that press and several others hoping to attend were turned away at the door. Comment.
Astoria

Queens-backed group slams Senate immigration reform

The Campaign for Citizenship, a project backed by Queens Congregations United for Action, responded to new immigration reform legislation crafted in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, saying that the bill does not go far enough. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

People in America need to learn how to speak English

In the current discussion of immigration reform, learning to speak, read and write English with some efficiency is one of the requirements for citizenship that everyone seems to agree on. It is something someone applying for citizenship today has to be able to do, but there are some exemptions to that requirement. They should be few in number. Comments (4).
Oakland Gardens

Weprin offers free immigration services

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said his district office, at 73-03 Bell Blvd., will offer attorney services for anyone with questions regarding immigration related to naturalization and deferred action for childhood arrivals on the first Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comment.

March, 2013

Letters

New York Legislature must pass DREAM Act

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand/A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame/Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name/Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand/Glows world-wide welcome ....” Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Council legislation aims to stop additional deportations

In step with a recent push in the borough to keep immigrant families intact, the City Council passed two bills last week that would keep undocumented people charged with minor crimes from being directed to federal customs and deported. Comments (1).
Editorial

Innocent Until ICE Gets You

The City Council has passed legislation that would stop the city Department of Correction from handing over undocumented immigrants to U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement if they are youthful offenders, do not have significant criminal records, have been accused of low-level offenses or have been convicted of some types of misdemeanor offenses. Comment.

February, 2013

Editorial

Hope for Immigration Reform

Reports that a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has made progress on a plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration system should be welcome news not only to the thousands of illegal immigrants living in Queens, but to everyone who has a heart. Comment.

January, 2013

Immigration

Queens hails fed roadmap for immigration reform

Queens elected officials and activists applauded the introduction of a new plan, proposed by U.S. senators from both parties and supported by President Barack Obama, for overhauling the country’s immigration laws. Comments (2).
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