re immigrants a new voting bloc? Among the 2.4 million people who went to the city's polls last November, there were 185,000 foreign-born who were voting for the first time, according to a study released in February (Daily News). The poll found immigrants' concerns parallel those of other New Yorkers - with jobs, the economy, the Iraq war and health care cited as the major issues.

Immigrants have a reason to concern about health care. A recent study (in PDF format) by City Comptroller William Thompson corroborated immigrants' anecdotal complaints about hospital access. Of the hospitals studied, 75 percent lacked access to interpreters in clinics, on the phone, in emergency departments or in billing departments. More than 3.5 million New Yorkers speak another language at home. Of these people,12 percent of the city’s population age five and older report they speak English “not well” or “not at all.”

In this March edition of The Citizen, we take a look at the ongoing litigation on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, the end of the fast-track green card program, the rise of same-sex households among immigrants and child rearing in Spanish speaking homes. Stories from the Bengali, Chinese, Korean, Polish, Spanish-language and Urdu press via our partner, Voices That Must Be Heard.

Immigrants and Driver's Licenses
From Gotham Gazette
The Department of Motor Vehicles' license crackdown sparked a lawsuit by immigrant groups.

Illegal immigrants denied driver’s licenses
From Irish Voice
The House of Representatives voted to stop giving driver’s licenses to foreigners living here illegally.

Black Students Learning Korean
From Korea Times New York
The Korean community is impressed with the effort put forth by students at a junior high school class to learn Korean.

Disciplining Your Kids
From Hoy
Immigrant mothers talk about their experiences raising children in the United States. "I spanked my daughter and she said if I did it again she’d turn me in to the police," said Isabel Fernández. "You’d never see that in our countries."

One Child Policy
From World Journal
Chinese immigrants have filed for political asylum on the grounds that having two children would make them punishable under China’s one-child policy if they were deported.

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Unpaid Parking Tickets
From Pakistan Post
The Pakistani government owes over half a million dollars to New York City for traffic violations since 1997.


No More Fast-Track Green Card for Spouses
From Filipino Express
The New York District Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) has ended its pilot processing program for spouses of U.S. citizens.

Same-Sex Households on the Rise
From Sher-E-Panjab
Chinese Americans, Filipinos and Asian Indians top the list of the Asian unmarried same-sex partner households in the United States, said a new study released in New York City.

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Life Struggle of a Food Cart Vendor
From Bangla Patrika
"I live in America. I am just like a money tree to my relatives in Bangladesh," said a cart vendor "No one understands what a struggle for survival one has to endure here.”

Steep Rents in Greenpoint
From Nowy Dziennik
Despite many ads appearing in newspapers and online, renting an apartment or even just a room in Greenpoint is not easy.

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