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The Citizen
The Citizen /November 01, 2006

Protesters storm stage during a speech by Minuteman Project founder at Columbia University

Back in the Spotlight
From Gotham Gazette
Norman Eng explains the recent events that have helped put immigrant issues back to the fore.

Minuteman Aftermath
From Gotham Gazette's Wonkster
Media reaction to the clash between the Minuteman Project founder and Columbia Students.

Immigration Reform Through The Eyes of the Reader
From Russian Bazaar
"Every day people who despise illegal immigrants with all their hearts treat me with contempt and abhorrence. And many of these same people have themselves had problems with their documents," said Aleks, 29, who has been undocumented for six years now.

Immigrant Political Clout
From Queens Courier
Queens political scene is also becoming more diverse, with five Sikhs being elected to the Queens Democratic County Committee.

Immigrants are in the news in a big way this month -- the clash between the founder of the Minuteman Project, a citizen group monitoring immigration, and students at Columbia University, the march for immigrants' rights from Union Square to Times Square, and the rise of immigrant candidates for New York State office in this election year. These stories help put immigrants back in the spotlight. For more, go here.

On the federal level, President George W. Bush signed a law in late October that approves partitioning 700 miles of the United States from its southern neighbor. The fence is a part of "operational control" of the border, defined as preventing all illegal entries into the U.S. by land or water. The president insisted that he still supports immigration reform such as a guest-worker program, which Congress failed to discuss before recessing for the elections.

Tired of waiting, some immigrants looked for ways that will help them stay here legally faster, only to fall victim of scam artists. Two federal immigration officers were charged with creating a scheme that purported to provide citizenship to immigrants for money. At least 20 immigrants, who are ineligible for citizenship, paid $1,500 to $4,000 for the naturalization.

Stories from the Bengali, Chinese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish language press via our partner, Voices That Must Be Heard.

Overburdened Fed Judges Make Poor Decision For Asylum Seekers, Says Critic
From Russian Bazaar
The 218 U.S. immigration judges handle almost 350,000 cases annually - over half of these concern political asylum

Children of Undocumented Immigrants Sue Government
From El Diario / La Prensa
All minors who are U.S. citizens with undocumented parents in the United States can join the lawsuit, whether or not their parents are in deportation proceedings. If the suit is successful, it is estimated that some four million children will benefit from it.

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Without Polish Citizens
From Nowy Dziennik
For the second time in a row, Polish citizens will not be able to take part in the U.S. Diversity Visa lottery because the quota of Polish citizens allowed to settle in the United States has already been met.

AIDS Patients Protest Rise In Housing Costs
From El Diario / La Prensa
Starting in November, New Yorkers with AIDS will have to scramble to make ends meet with the new 20 percent increase in their rent contributions.

Immigrants Urged to Report Housing Discrimination
From World Journal
Fair housing guidelines will be enforced, Department of Housing and Urban Development spokespeople insist, regardless of the victims' immigration status.

Korean-American Small Businesses Facing Labor Shortages
From Korea Times New York
The approaching sales season and the enforcement of immigration law has helped drive up demand for workers.

Price Hike of Food Staples In NY Southeast Asian Communities
From Weekly Thikana
Hilsha fish, tomatoes and onions, have increased at a considerable rate, something not seen in decades in the United States.

New Specialized Middle and High Schools Open in Flushing

From Queens Courier
For middle and high school students in Flushing, two new small schools have opened, allowing youngsters to pursue education in two specialized fields - journalism and Asian studies.

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