he Real ID Act, approved by boh houses of Congress and awaiting President George W. Bush's signature, will make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to obtain official identification that would enable them to board an airplane, fill out tax forms or open a bank account. (Washington Post) Though it is not yet law, fake "Real ID" cards are already out in the market (Sing Tao Daily).

An immigrant detention center near Kennedy Airport will be closed at the end of June to save money, a federal official said. It costs $225 a day to detain each person there, compared with an average of $53 in county jails in Batavia, N.Y., and Elizabeth, N.J., where the immigrants will be sent instead. (Newsday)

In this June edition of The Citizen, we take a look immigrant parents and their children's education, voter registration campaigns in ethnic communities, the growing number of Korean-Ameican elderly, worker protest against labor exploitation and the emergence of Runglish-- a blend of Russian and English. Stories from the Chinese, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish-language press via our partner, Voices That Must Be Heard.

Parents rallied on the steps of City Hall to urge the passage of INTRO 464: The Education Equality Act.

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The Education Equality Act
From Gotham Gazette
The bill would require the Department of Education to translate school related documents, such as report cards and notices, into the eight most widely-spoken languages in New York and provide interpretation services for parents.

Department of Education vs. Immigrant Parents
From World JournalThe Department of Education has expressed opposition against the campaign to provide translation services to immigrant parents.

Survey: New Asian immigrant student needs unmet by schools
From World Journal
Recent interviews conducted by the Asian American Student Advocacy Project revealed that English-language classes aimed to help new immigrant students and families are missing the mark.

“Real ID” in Brooklyn
From Sing Tao Daily
While the proposed national ID has just stepped out of the Congress doors, fake ones are already knocking about in immigrant communities.

Fake Visas
From Nowy Dziennik
Immigration authorities arrested a dozen or so Poles in the past few months for presenting fraudulent documents when applying for a driver's license.

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Korean-American Seniors
From Korea Times New York
The number of Korean American seniors has increased rapidly in the city..

From Russian Bazaar
To find Runglish-- the result of Russian and English inter-breeding-- one need only visit Brighton Beach, and walk into a store like "International Foods."

Voter Registration Campaign
From El Diario / La Prensa
Several ethnic community groups in New York City have launched a campaign to register more than 15,000 low-income voters from the city’s five boroughs for the municipal elections.

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Health Care Horrors
From Caribbean Life
Expressing outrage at the poor quality of care experienced at many New York hospitals by patients whose English is limited, a group of immigrants demonstrated in front of the Greater New York Hospital Association.

Worker Protest
From El Diario / La Prensa
Workers marched down Brooklyn’s Knickerboker Avenue, known as the “Street of Shame,” to demand to be paid what is mandated by law, $6.00 an hour.



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