The nation’s undocumented immigrant population surged to 10.3 million last year, spurred largely since 2000 by the arrivals of unauthorized Mexicans, according to the latest Pew report. New York State ranked the fourth as the states with hight number of illegal immigrants, following California, Texas and Florida (AP). Undoucmented immigrants acccounted for 400,000 of the 3.2 million immigrants in New York City, according to official estimate.

The Bloomberg administration announced in March the plan to fund Immigrant Family Literacy Program at $1.8 million. Critics said that the funding is inadequate and call for substantial increase (Gotham Gazette) . Meanwhile, three Queens City Councilmembers are seeking the funding increased for immigrant issues from the $2.8 million allocated last year to $10 million (Daily News).

In this March edition of The Citizen, we take a look at the Mayor's initiative plan for family literacy, tax filing method for undocumented immigrants, reaction of the rising cost of housing and discrimination at New York City Police Department .Stories from the Bengali, Chinese, Korean, Spanish-language and Russian press via our partner, Voices That Must Be Heard.

Price Hike
From Korea Times New York
Prices for foods imported from Korea are constantly increasing because of the recent drops in the exchange rates of the U.S. dollar nd the sudden jumps in the prices of raw materials in Korea.

Moving to The Bronx
From Weekly Thikana
As the cost of living rises in Queens and Brooklyn, Bangladeshis have started to move to the Bronx.

Low-Income Housing
From Sing Tao Daily
Hundreds of New Yorkers, including over 60 Chinese immigrants, held a protest at Battery Park City demanding that the state and the city fulfill their promise, and invest residual revenue generated from Battery Park into building low-income housing.

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International Driver’s Licenses
From El Especial
Many undocumented immigrants are buying international licenses in order to drive. Given their illegal status, however, rather than help the foreign licenses leave them open to arrest.

From El Diario / La Prensa
Four Latino New York City Police officers said that they have been the victims of discrimination and harassment on the job.

Tax Time
From Russian Bazaar
Many undocumented immigrants did not know that they can file tax by using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

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Immigration Consulting Agencies
From World Journal
New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs is gearing up its enforcement of the Immigration Assistance Bill, a legislation that regulates the immigration consulting industry. The department have conducted many unannounced inspections in Chinatown’s East Broadway area.

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Job-Related Accidents
From Diario de Mexico
Many accidents on the job don’t get reported, according to an attorney representing one of the Mexican worker who got $4 million in compensation from the construction company.

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