JUNE 2003

• Immigration and Naturalization Service

• The New York City Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services

• Citizenship NYC

• New York Immigration Hotline

• National Immigration Forum

• Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area

• America Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Law Foundation

• Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force

• Glossary

Local: General

• Archdiocese of New York Immigrant and Refugee Services

• Citizens Committee For New York City

• Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Local: Specific

• Asian Americans for Equality

• Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund


• Chinese Progressive Association

• Emerald Isle Immigration Center of New York

• Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York

• National Association of Korean Americans

• National Coalition for Haitian Rights



Trying To Protect Undocumented Immigrants
From Gotham Gazette
Larry Tung reports on pending legislation calling for more assistance to undocumented immigrants.

Mayor Supports The Undocumented
From Singtao Daily
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that all illegal immigrants should be allowed to become citizens and consequently tax payers.

Struggle For Driver's Licenses
From El Diario
Assemblymember Felix W. Ortiz is working on legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

ust make them citizens," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said recently, talking about undocumented immigrants. "I'd rather turn them into productive citizens than leave the status quo." (Singtao Daily)

But only a few weeks afterward, the mayor revoked the 13-year-old policy that prohibited city employees from reporting undocumented immigrants to law enforcement authorities. The change was made, according to city officials, in order to comply with a 1996 federal law.

"What we're seeing is the erosion of people's rights as a result of the fight against terrorism," said Angelo Falcon of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. (Newsday)

Another example of that erosion, according to advocates, was a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that in effect upheld a previous ruling that allows the government to hold secret deportation hearings of foreigners who pose a national security threat. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft called the ruling "an important victory in support of our work to secure the nation." (Associated Press).

In the June edition of the Citizen, we take a look at pending legislation calling for more assistance to undocumented immigrants, a shifting attitude toward education among younger Poles, a labor movement that could hurt Korean business and a special section about food, from caviar to soup kitchens. Articles from the Chinese, Polish, Korean, Russian and Spanish language press.

Dim Sum
From The World Journal
Restaurants in Chinatown are altering dim-sum, a Cantonese-style cuisine, in order to cater to younger and wealthier customers.

Cuban-Chinese Restaurants
From Gotham Gazette
The mixed cuisine restaurants in New York have become less popular as the Cuban-Chinese population is getting older.

Where The "Real" Food Is
From Gotham Gazette
In search of an authentic cuisine, some immigrants prefer to cook their own meal; others will travel a distance to their favorite restaurants.

Caviar Trafficking
From Novoye Russkoye Slovo
The largest supplier of caviar to New York's posh restaurants has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined $400,000 for illegally trafficking in Russian caviar.

More Soup Kitchens Needed
From El Diario
More than 40 percent of soup kitchens and food distribution centers in New York have turned away people, reduced the quality of food or limited the hours of operation in the last six months, according to a study.

Eating Too Much?
From Hoy

Obesity among New York's youth raises concerns and attracts the attention of local politicians.

Crossing The River For Drinks
From JooAng
Bars in Hoboken, New Jersey attract Korean smokers and drinkers from across the river.

The New Emigration
From Nowy Dziennik
Young immigrants from Poland don't follow the path of their predecessors. Instead of spending their energy and time on making money, they focus on education.

Israel’s 55th birthday
Novoye Russkoye Slovo

Several thousand Russian-speaking Jews gathered in Brighton Beach's Seaside Park to celebrate Israel's 55th birthday.

Detecting Visitors
From Hoy
Fingerprinting tourists entering the United States will hurt both tourism and the economy, according to one community organization.

En Espanol
From El Diario

Hispanics prefer watching television in English, but they want their politicians to address them in Spanish.

Union vs. Small Business
From JoongAng

The labor movement is a threat to small Korean business owners who do not treat their employees fairly.

Sending Masks
From Singtao Daily

Masks at pharmacies in Flushing have been out of stock for weeks, because Chinese-Americans have been buying them and sending them over to their relatives in China and Taiwan.

Internet Café
From The World Journal
Concerned about students cutting classes, a council member from Flushing has proposed legislation banning students from using Internet Cafes during school hours.


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