he New York Police Department refused to participate in a federal deportation raid aimed at criminal immigrants after negotiations to reduce the scale of the operation with the feds failed in May (Nowy Dziennik). Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was infuriated by the Department of Homeland Security's demand that the police devote more cops to the operation while having to maintain 1,000 cops for its anti-terror force, reports the Daily News.

Sayu Bhojwani resigned last month after serving for two years as the city's first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. She is moving to London.

Immigrants of all races live an average of three years longer than the native born, according to new research by the National Institutes of Health. Researchers contribute the longevity difference to immigrants' innate vitality and their reluctance to embrace American drive-through lifestyles. (AP)

In this June edition of The Citizen, we take a look at the latest federal raid, prison abuse in Brooklyn, the Dominican election in New York and language barriers in public schools. Articles from the Bengali, Chinese, Polish and Spanish press, including stories from the Independent Press Association's "Voices That Must Be Heard."

Votes from New York
From El Diario
Despite the wait, Dominicans in New York lined up to vote for the election in the Dominican Republic.

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Prison Abuse
From Weekly Thikana
Detainees in the federal detention center in Brooklyn have suffered uncivilized behavior, according to a lawsuit filed by the Urban Justice Center.

Immigration Service Firms
From The World Journal
If a new City Council bill passes, immigration service firms will be subject to more stringent regulations regarding fees and the services they can perform.

Language Barriers
From El Diario
The majority of the parent coordinators work in schools where there are more languages spoken than they can understand or translate, according to a study.

Immigrant Raid
From Nowy Dziennik

The New York Police Department refuses to play a role in the search for illegal immigrants.

Ballot Boxes Without Hispanic Votes
From El Diario
The lack of knowledge about the Hispanic community and the broken promises caused a paucity of interest on the part of Hispanic voters, experts said.

Chinatown Development
From The World Journal
Asian Americans for Equality released a blueprint for Chinatown development.


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