OCTOBER 2002

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Amnesty For Undocumented Immigrants
From Gotham Gazette
If a new campaign for general amnesty for illegal immigrants succeeds, it will change the life of New York City 400,000 undocumented immigrants.

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Mexican Immigrants
From Ecuador News

September 11th ended the hopes of more than 3.5 million undocumented Mexicans in the United States, as the Bush administration's focus shifted from amnesty to national security.

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ighter security has cut the flow of people coming into the country. Despite the authorization for 70,000 refugees to the United States in the year ending Sept. 30, only about 28,000 were actually allowed to resettle here, according to the State Department (Associated Press). Many foreign students were unable to enroll in classes in time because of visa delays (Washington Post) and illegal border crossings became even riskier -- there have been 141 immigrant deaths reported since January (The Christian Science Monitor).

But immigrants who managed to enter the country illegally would find living in the shadows difficult. That's why some advocacy groups, labor unions and politicians are campaigning for general amnesty to help them gain legal status (Gotham Gazette). The last amnesty was granted in 1986. But each year in October millions of undocumented immigrants apply to the Visa Lottery Program, which gives 50,000 foreigners a chance to become U.S. permanent residents.

Permanent residence? A new census reveals that over the past two decades half of Italian residents in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the city's largest Italian neighborhood, have been replaced by Chinese and Russian families (The New York Times). But people are adapting -- one Italian bakery owner now hires a Chinese American woman to sell Italian ices.

Immigrant labor is always in demand, especially for service jobs such as nanny. This creates an intriguing phenomenon where children start speaking their nanny's mother tongue (The New York Times). Acquiring a second language is easier at a very young age but, as one expert says, it also depends on one's determination to learn (Gotham Gazette).

In this October edition of the Citizen, we take a look at obstacles immigrant students have to overcome in school (Gotham Gazette) and offer opinion about education from Russian, Korean and Spanish newspapers. We also have stories about the primary election, the continuing impact of 9/11, reaction to Amy Tan's new book … and much more.


Special Section!
Education And Immigrants

How Difficult Is It To Learn A Second Language?
From Gotham Gazette
Many immigrants arrive in the United States with a pressing need to learn English. But the ability to master a new language varies from one immigrant to another.

More Than Just English
From Gotham Gazette
Cultural issues deeply affect how well immigrant children can learn in school and can be a more significant barrier than their understanding of English.

Education Systems Compared
From Poleznaya Gazeta

A Russian-American columnist bemoans the lack of a systematic approach, camaraderie between students and dedicated teachers in American high schools.

College-Bound Koreans Have No Time For The Language
From JoongAng
Korean language classes for high schoolers are disappearing as Korean parents opt for college-preparatory classes for their children.

Activist Calls Internet Filters Censorship
From El Diario
Parents complain against software that filters information from the World Wide Web in public schools. Some say it limits freedom of speech and access to information protected by the constitution.

Surviving 9/11
From France-Amérique
A French business man wrote a book about his surviving 9/11 to help himself cope with the psychological impact of the terrorist attack.

Silence And Sorrow
From Irish Echo
Many Irish names among the 2,801 dead were called out at Ground Zero on the one- year anniversary of the 9/11 attack.

 

March Against Police Brutality
From Singtao Daily
Chinese-Americans are among a group to observe "National Day of Protest" by organizing a demonstration against police brutality. In spite of the great courage with which the city’s police department responded to the terrorist attacks last September, police brutality is still a reality, they said.


Low Turn-Out For Primary Election
From World Journal
Confused by voting procedure and unexcited by single-candidate races, few Chinese-Americans turned up at the polls for primary elections, except in Flushing where competition was fierce.

The Future Is Not Too Bright
From NYCaribNews
In two races for New York State Senate seats from Brooklyn, Caribbean candidates were unable to gain favor with the electorate in the primary.


Reaction To Amy Tan's New Book
From Singtao Daily
Some Chinese were disappointed at Amy Tan’s new book. They blame Tan, who does not read or speak Chinese, for "creating a false Chinese culture."

Where Are "The Other" Indians?
From Indian Tribune
At a gathering for the Indian prime minister's visit to New York, all types from the Indian Diaspora were there, except the blue collar.

Networking Made Easy
From Nowy Dziennik
Polish college graduates are forming a network to help advance their careers.

Forced Labor
From Kurier

Three suspects were arrested recently for allegedly importing Russian women to dance at strip clubs. Each faces up to 20 years behind bars on forced labor charges.


A Visit By The FBI
From The Arab Voice
The editor of the Arab Voice editor offers his account of his encounter with an FBI agent, who, he said, was trying to recruit people from the Arab community.

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