Immigrants gathered in Union Square to protest Presidents Bush's proposed budget that would cut more than two of every three dollars from the city's network of adult literacy and work force development programs supporting such English classes for immigrants. (NY Times)

At the same time, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott announced that city would spend $1.8 million for a new initiative called the Immigrant Family Literacy Program, which will fund English classes, as well as legal services for immigrants and workers (Gotham Gazette).

In this May edition of The Citizen, we take a look at non-citizen voting, immigrants' struggle for political asylum, employment and the immigrant workforce, and mayoral politics. .Stories from the Bengali, Chinese and Spanish-language press via our partner, Voices That Must Be Heard.

Non-Citizen Voting
From Gotham Gazette
Doug Israel looks at the latest voting rights movement -- the right of non-citizens to vote.

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Ferrer and New York City Mexicans
From Hoy
New York Mexican Americans have been unable to get Freddy Ferrer’s attention to listen to their community’s concerns.

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Seeking Asylum; Getting Deported
From Gotham Gazette
Justice Emily Jane Goodman writes about the case of a woman who sought asylum, telling a story of harrowing persecution, and why she was ordered deported instead.

Tough Times for Bangladeshi Asylum Seekers
From Weekly Thikana
The disappointment and desperation produced by being denied asylum have driven many Bangladeshi immigrants into trouble. Some were arrested and put in detention centers before being forced to leave the country, penniless.

Immigration Status
From Sing Tao Daily
The Bronx take-out deliveryman who was trapped in an elevator for three days, now faces deportation after the police disclosed his immigration status to the media.

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Illegal Dumping
From Nowy DziennikNews
Maspeth and Greenpoint, two Polish neighborhoods that sit on the border of Queens and Brooklyn, have become notorious sites for illegal garbage dumping.

Immigrant Family Literacy Program
From Gotham Gazette
City Hall funds an immigrant literacy program, but critics say it’s not enough.

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Asian Teachers
From World Journal
NYC Department of Education promises to hire 500 Asian teachers, 90 of them from the Philippines.

FDNY and NYPD Urged to Hire Immigrants
From Sing Tao Daily
Politicians and immigrant rights activists rallied in front of the City Council to support legislation to allow the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to hire green card holders.

Hiring Centers
From El Diario
The City Council proposed a bill to set up a network of hiring centers for day laborers in the city.

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Vending Permits
From El Diario / La Prensa
Vendors protest proposed legislation requiring them to have licenses, to be fingerprinted, and to limit the number of vendors to three per block.

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