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The Citizen /August 01, 2006


Street Vendors Protest Against Cart Confiscation
From Diario de Mexico
Street Vendors gathered at City Hall to protest after their carts were confiscated and they were issued fines because they lacked permits."We feel that we are being financially assassinated," said Maribel Altamirano, a vendor from Fordham Road in the Bronx. "We pay taxes every three months, we have personal licenses, and we have families we need to feed."


Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified at a U.S. Senatehearing on immigration reform and a proposed guest-worker program. He called for expansion of the number of work visas and permission for new immigrants to attain citizenship gradually. "We need lots of immigrants to come into this country every year," he said.

Desperate to stay in the city, some immigrants who came without proper documents have been falling for schemes by scam artists. Last month a man posing as animmigration agent was charged with possession of forged documents and criminal impersonation of a police officer. By then John Nevarez had scammed 45 undocumented immigrants out of nearly $300,000 by selling them bogus green cards.

A study by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that foreign- born New Yorkers are less likely than native-born New Yorkers to be at risk for some of New York's leading causes of death and are less likely to participate in unhealthy activities such as smoking, binge drinking, and overeating.

These stories and others from the Chinese, Russian, South Asian and Spanish language press via our partner, Voices That Must Be Heard.

U.S. Court Reprimands Immigration Judge Biased Against Chinese Asylum Seekers
From World Journal
Judge Jeffrey Chase is officially chastised for his racial profiling after a Chinese immigrant seeking political asylum took his case to a higher court.

City Gets New Multi-Language Electronic Voting Machine
From Sing Tao Daily
In an effort to make it easier for mobility-limited voters, New York City has recently purchased 27 specially designed electronic voting machines, as part of an agreement with the Department of Justice.

"Why Not Make Broken English the U.S. National Language?"
From Novoye Russkoye Slovo
Although the demand for English classes for immigrants increasingly exceeds supply, the government has decided to reduce funding for several programs.

Fox News Apologizes for Misleading Broadcast on Sikhs
From South Asian Insider
A Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund representative expressed disappointment that the news agency would make such a blatant error in depicting the local Sikh community as participants in a terrorist plot.

Latina Teens At High Risk of Suicide
From El Diario / La Prensa
One of approximately every six teenage Latinas has attempted suicide. This is part of a complex and silent national phenomenon

Fake Marriages in Garage Churches Surge
From Correo de Queens
In Queens -- the borough with the most immigrants from around the world -- undocumented immigrants have become a million-dollar business.

 

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