MAY 2002
Web Resources

• 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

• Asian American Federation of New York

• Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

• New York Alliance for New Americans

• The New York Immigration Coalition

Local: Specific

• Alianza Dominicana

• American-Bangladeshi Friendship Association

• 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


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Immigrants, a century ago, leaving Ellis Island on a ferry to Manhattan after passing inspection.

mmigration is in the news all over the world. Amidst protest and criticism, Jean-Marie Le Pen , an anti-immigrant candidate, won the frist round of France's presidential elelction. Domestically, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to dismantle the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS); now the Senate is expected to follow suit. But as this May edition of the Citizen makes clear, there is still plenty of news about immigrants in New York City itself.

Hospital En Espanol
From Hoy
An advocacy group is trying to eliminate the language barriers that exist in city hospitals and clinics.

Memorial for Victims of Flight 587
From El Diario
Two memorial monuments will be built for the victims of last November's plane crash in Rockaway, Queens.

Bicycle Bickering
From World Journal
The City Council has proposed legislation to regulate all bicycles used for commercial purposes. How will this affect the businesses of Chinese take-out restaurants and messenger service companies?

Cinco De Mayo in New York
From El Diario
For the first time, Mexican-Americans in New York City will get the opportunity to celebrate the holiday of Cinco De Mayo.

Chinatown Still Down And Out
From World Journal
Chinatown continues to feel the economic downturn.

A Whole New Lesson
From Gotham Gazette
In an effort to solve the shortage of teachers in New York City, the Board of Education has hired more than 500 teachers from around the globe. A look at how they are faring.

Tougher Odds for Muslim Immigrants?
From Gotham Gazette
Hoping to stay and work legally in the United States, many undocumented workers from Muslim countries are participating in a green card lottery program. But 9/11 may have diminished their odds of winning.

Beware: Narcotics
From Bukharian Times
An editorial details the drug problem among the Bukharian and Georgian Jewish youth in Southeast Queens.

Tax On "Sins"
From Nowy Dziennik
A Polish community in Brooklyn reacts to the City Council’s proposed budget tax on beer and wine.

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