he foreign-born population in the United States grew by over one million a year between 2000 and 2004, despite the sluggish economy and tougher immigration law enforcement after September 11, according to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies. New York City ranked second after Los Angeles as the most popular destination for new immigrants.The report does not include the number of undocumented immigrants.

President George W. Bush announced his commitment to push through Congress the guest-worker program that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to obtain temporary working permits and the right to return home. The administration proposed the plan earlier this year but has failed to gather support. Many viewed the initiative as pandering to immigrants votes.

While the long lines in front of Federal Plaza are gone, some immigrants still face problems trying to make an appointment with the immigration agency through a free online system called Infopass. A growing number of immigrants are complaining that they’re being ripped off by scam artists who forced them to pay for access to the Infopass system.

In this December edition of The Citizen, we take a look at undocumented immigrants in the workforce, foreign students in New York, Russian immigrants' diverse political views, and this year's immigrant winners of the Union Square Awards. These and other articles from the Caribbean, Chinese, Russian, Spanish-language and Urdu press come via our partner, Voices That Must Be Heard.

Members of NICE, Families for Freedom, Kongo and Damayan were among those who received this year's Union Square Awards.

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Immigrant Suffrage
From Hoy
A New York coalition fights for the right of non-citizen immigrans to vote in local elections.

Post Election Worry
From Sada-e-Pakistan NY
Muslim and Pakistani communities feel vulnerable after John Kerry's loss.

Political Spectrum
From Russian Forward
Eight Russian-Jewish "talking heads" from the media reflect on their community’s political traditions.

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Deportation Surge
From Diario de Mexico
More than 70,000 immigrants in the state of New York have been deported over the past 12 months.

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Internet Stores
From JoongAng
Online shopping has been increasingly popular in the Korean community

Vendor Licenses
From Sing Tao Daily
The City Council hopes to give vendor licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Workers' Rights
From Nowy Dziennik
Many illegal immigrants work seven days a week, 365 days a year, without employee rights, health insurance, or overtime.

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Foreign Students
From CaribNews
Former New York Mayor David Dinkins would like to see more foreign students in America’s colleges and universities. Last year international student applications across the country went down by some 30 percent.

Bilingual School
From Haitian Times
An inspired principal gives a boost to bilingual public school in Brooklyn.



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