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The Citizen
The Citizen /December 01, 2005

Latino Muslims
From Muslims Weekly
A study by the Council on American-Islamic Relationst showed that 6 percent of the 20,000 annual converts to Islam are Hispanic.

Immigrants have emerged as a political bloc in New York City. According to the new exit poll released by New York Immigration Coaltion, immigrants turned out in large numbers to vote in the recent local elections, " New Yorks immigrant voters are as much as a third of the city's electorate," said Chung-Wha Hong of the Coalition. "They are loyal voters turning out in the same proportions for local elections as they do for federal and state elections." While local politicians have to answer to thier immigrant constituents, critics said it's the federal government that set immigration policies.

President George W Bush announced that he will once again try to push his "immigration reform" through Congress. This time, however, the President put more emphasis on enforcing border than the plan to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for the six-year working visas.

Within the borders, the Homeland Security Department said that it will soon provide employers a more reliable way to verify the immigration or citizenship status of new hires. When the system is in place, officials said the law will be enforced and employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrant will be fined. Between 1999 and 2004, the number of notices of intent to fine an employer dropped from 417 to fewer than 5.

A new study by the Congressional Budget Office showed that one in seven members of the US workforce was born overseas, largely Latinos employed in low-income jobs. In 2004, more than 21 million workers were foreign-born, and half of them had arrived since 1990, almost 40 percent of them were from Mexico and Central America, while 25 percent were from Asia.

These stories and others from the Bengali, Chinese Korean , Spanish press via our partner, Voices That Must Be Heard.

Teenage Immigrants Dropping Out of School
From Hoy
A rising number of teenage immigrants are dropping out of schools or simply not registering to complete high school at all, according to one of three reports issued by the Pew Center for Hispanic Studies.

Discrimination Suit Against NYPD
From El Diario
Nine Latino and African-American police officers filed a new discrimination suit against the New York Police Department (NYPD), the lawyer of the complainants said.

Latinos Seek Healthcare in Botánicas
From El Diario
The city's growing Latino community prompted the proliferation of botánicas, alternative healthcare establishments, according to the Immigration and Health Initiative of Hunter College's School of Public Health.

Small Korean-Owned Business Failures On The Rise
From Korea Times New York
With the cost of materials going up and pressure from workers for higher wages, only big Korean businesses are making it.

Amnesty Wouldn't Rescue All Undocumented Bangladeshis
From Weekly Thikana
Even if the U.S. government were to grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants, at least 10 percent of Bangladeshis in the New York area would not be able to pay their application fees for a green card.

Korean Voters
From Korea Times New York
While young voters did turn out, those over 50 years of age went to the polls in large numbers

Reaction to Bloomberg's Victory
From Diario de Mexico
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's victory was met with mixed feelings by the Mexican immigrant community


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