he population of the United States increased by more than nine million people in the three years after April 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau -- and more than a quarter of the new Americans were immigrants; more than half were Hispanics and Asians.

More immigrants often means work for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which now has about 6.1 million applications pending for U.S. citizenship, green cards and various visas. But the head of UCIS Eduardo Aguirre, testified in Congress that he plans to erase the application backlog by September 2006.(AP)

Locally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to appoint Guillermo Linares, the first Dominican to win elected office in New York City, the new Commissioner of Immigrant affairs following the resignation of Sayu Bhojwani in May.

In this July edition of the citizen, we take a look at new bills targeting scam artists, immigrants’ request for an alternative test to the Regents Exams for newly arrived immigrant students, budget cut’s impact on Asian senior citizens and a protest against same sex marriages. Articles from the Bengali, Chinese, Korean, Polish and Spanish press, including stories from the Independent Press Association's "Voices That Must Be Heard."

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Alternative Exams
From El Dairio
Immigrant groups argue that recently-arrived high school students should be able to take a special test designed as an alternative to the Regents exams.

Help For Immigrants
From Nowy Dziennik
A new Polish non-profit organization has been created to help newly arrived immigrants, with information and also with holiday food baskets for those in need.

Pray and Protest
From Weekly Thikana
Muslims in Jackson Heights gathered to pray and protest against same-sex marriages and the continual repression of Muslims in several countries.

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Asian Senior Citizens
From The World Journal
As the number of Asian elderly has increased in NYC, conditions in senior citizen homes have worsened, thanks to budget cuts.

The Oyster Outcast
From Joongang
A Korean citizen was refused United States citizenship after authorities learned that he had collected too many oysters.

Regulating Immigration Consultants
From Gotham Gazette
New city and state bills aim to regulate "immigrant service providers." Some would prefer to get rid not just of the crooked ones, but of all of them.

Employment Fraud
From the World Journal
After many reported incidents of fraudulent behavior by Chinatown’s employment agencies towards Chinese immigrants, the Department of Consumer Affairs urges all victims of the frauds to step forward regardless of their immigration status.

Wage Increase
From Hoy
Many immigrants are counting on Albany to increase the minimum wage. But the New York Senate concluded its 2004 legislative session without coming to an agreement on the legislation.

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Inflated Circulation
From El Diario
Hoy admitted that it had reported circulation numbers that were higher than the actual numbers.

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