Hispanics are divided on President George W. Bush's proposal to give undocumented legal status after they learned more about the details. According to the latest poll, 42 percent of Hispanics supported the president's plan, with 20 percent opposed and the remainder undecided. But opinions split 45-45 once respondents were informed that most immigrant workers would have to return to their home country once their legal status expired.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein celebrated in late January the opening of an academy that provide teachers with better techniques for educating immigrants and other students who speak foreign languages at home. More than 100,000 students in the New York City school system speak English as a second language.

In this February edition of The Citizen, we take a look at visa problems facing foreign artists and investors, immigrant reaction to President Bush's immigration reform and an effort to revitalize Chinatown tourism. Articles from the Bengali, Caribbean, Chinese, French, Korean and Spanish press, including stories from the Independent Press Association's "Voices That Must Be Heard."

Photo from Asian-American/Asian Research Institute website

Korean Signboard
From JoongAng
A task force created to investigate the usage of English on the business stores' signboards in Flushing created tension and complaints among the Flushing Korean Community.

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Bush's Guest Worker Program Criticized

From El Diario
The president's plan will create confusion among immigrants and will not give undocumented immigrants what they fought for, "green cards," said immigrant advocates.

Chinese Support Bush's Immigration Policy Change
From the World Journal
Leaders of Chinese community called on immigrants to write to the White House and members of Congress to push for the passage of the proposal.
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Bloomberg Postpones Haiti Trip
From Haitian Times
Citing warnings from the American Mission in Haiti, Mayor Michael Bloomberg postponed his trip to Haiti.

Without Jobs Or Pay
From El Diario
About 40 employees of the now-defunct sheet-making company in Brooklyn said they have not received pay for their last two weeks of works.

Arts Groups Look to Congress to Ease Cultural Exchanges

From Gotham Gazette
Martha Hostetter updates the difficulties facing foreign artists invited to perform here.

Investor Visas
From JoongAng
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, has made it tougher to get an investor visa after a surge in Korean applicants.
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Chinatown Tourism
From the World Journal
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has announced that, along with the September 11th Fund, it will allocate $2 million to boost Chinatown tourism.

A Scholarship for Memory
From France-Amerique
To honor the memory of her late husband who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack, a French woman created an annual scholarship in his name.

Mad Cow Scare
From Bangla Patrika
Some Muslims in New York worried about mad cow disease during the religious festival of Holy Eid Ul Azha, where many sacrifice a cow.

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