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The Citizen
The Citizen /October 01, 2006

Dominican dancers at the 3rd annual Danza Washington Heights

Washington Heights: The Heart of Dominican New York
From Dominican Times News
Washington Heights is the epicenter of Dominican immigrants in this country. In recent years it has also become a center of Dominican political and economic power in New York.

Two Primary Wins Boost Chinese Political Power
From Sing Tao Daily
Community leaders are jubilant about the strong showing of Chinese candidates, who will emphasize the importance of issues facing Asian communities.


Hundreds of immigrants rallied at Ground Zero to demand that the city and state provide free or low-cost medical treatment without requiring proof of citizenship. "They lied. They said there was no contamination in the area," Colombian immigrant Victor Nino told the Daily News. Nino, who cleaned offices and residences in the area for more than five months following 9/11, said he now has chronic asthma, headaches and skin rashes, and has no insurance to pay for treatment.

Only a few thousand people showed up in early September for immigrant marches across the country (None was planned in New York City). Advocates are questioning the staying power of the immigrant rights movement, which seemed promising in the spring when millions of immigrants took to the streets in major cities.

A new report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University says that in the last five years foreign-born workers made up 86 percent of the net increase in the total number of employed workers, the highest share for immigrants ever recorded in this country. By contrast, the number of employed native workers ages 16 to 34 fell by more than 1.5 million. The report contradicts the Pew Hispanic Center's study which found that the rise in immigrant workers in the country has not hurt employment prospects for native-born workers.

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

Hospital Communication
From Gotham Gazette
New regulations attempt to tackle the barriers to communication in hospitals.

Good Government Speaks Many Languages
From Gotham Gazette
In a city where one in four New Yorkers is still in the process of learning English, City Hall is failing to take its own advice.

Child Translator
From El Correo de Queens
Some parents who do not speak English often ask their children to serve as their interpreter or translator when they need to speak with a teacher or guidance counselor.

Child Care Facilities Are Closing
From Novoye Russkoye Slovo
Over 150 private child care facilities, mostly located in the poorest neighborhoods of our city, are being shut down because they do not meet the requirements set forth by stricter new fire safety regulations.

Drug Use Spreads Among Bangladeshi Youth
From Weekly Thikana
Dahl, an addictive cough syrup, is the drug of choice for frustrated immigrant teens

Debates On Immigration Felt By Undocumented Workers And Employers
From Sing Tao Daily
The recent report that the Fujian City Restaurant in Chinatown fired 11 employees on the basis of their illegal immigrant status is part of an inevitable trend, legal observers say, as current immigrant reforms require the U.S. government to tighten the monitoring of illegal immigrants.

Immigrants Still Hold Out Hope For Immigration Reform
From Nowy Dziennik
The author points out that the eventual overtaking of the House of Representatives by Democrats will raise the chances of passing immigration reform during the next term.

Russian Undocumented Immigrants Unite
From Novoye Russkoye Slovo
Russians, Jews, Ukrainians, Georgians and Kazakh immigrants want to form a non-profit organization and fight for their rights.

A Crack Down On Fake Marriages In Chinese Community
From World Journal
Detecting more and more fake marriages in the Chinese community, the U.S. government has tightened its screening of marriage-based green card applications filed by Chinese immigrants.

Holding Two Jobs
From Korea Times New York
To overcome financial pressures, many Korean immigrants get a second job.

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