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The New York State Court of Appeals ruled last month that undocumented workers may sue employers for lost wages if they are injured on the job. In the two cases involving immigrant construction workers, the state's highest court ruled that there was nothing in U.S. immigration law that prevented those workers from receiving lost wages since there was no proof they used fraudulent documents to get the job. Immigrant rights advocates welcomed the ruling but pointed out that the decision will not help most illegal immigrants overcome their fear of stepping forward.
The Federal Department of Homeland Security extended the "temporary protected status" program that will allow undocumented immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua to live and work here legally for another 12 months. The program was implemented in 2001 after two earthquakes devastated the Central American nations earlier that year. According to the US Census Bureau, there are about 39,000 Salvadorans, 36,000 Hondurans and 5,000 Nicaraguans in New York City but experts said the actual numbers are much higher.
Fueled by higher birth rates among Hispanic and Asian New Yorkers, as well as continuing immigration, the city's population is expected to reach nearly 9.4 million in 2025, keeping New York first place among the nation's cities, according to a new study.
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From Gotham Gazette
Helping Immigrant Teens Stay in School
From Gotham Gazette
Bilingual education has many critics, but teachers and students at Luperon High School say teaching students in their first language helps them learn better and stay interested.
Sending Money Home
"Money transfers were borne out of a bitter and negative situation but there is no doubt that the money sent by U.S. immigrants to their countries of origin has a positive impact," writes a columnist of this Spanish-language newspaper.
Poor Services for Poor Neighborhoods
From El Diario
A writer invites the New Yorkers who have never visited the marginalized communities of the city so they can realize that a great part of the city is inhabited by people living in Third-World conditions.
No Polish in Greenpoint?
From Nowy Dziennik
Statistic released by City Department of Consumer Affairs mistakenly omitted Polish as one of the top seven languages spoken in Greenpoint.
One Percent Homelessness
From Indian Express
South Asian Indians comprise only 1 percent of the homeless people in New York City, according to a new study by New York's Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Homeless Services.