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The main building of Ellis Island and the Twin Towers
captured by Robert Rose.

he year since September 11th has changed the lives of New Yorkers, but it may have had its most profound effect on the city's immigrant communities.

Immigrants found themselves in dire economic straits: Chinatown's economy suffered significantly after the attacks, and immigrant victims often found it even harder than others to get aid. Immigrants suffered vigilante attacks, deportations and secret detentions. They were profiled at airports, raided in their places of worship and questioned about their loyalty to the United States.

Immigrants have had a lot to say about this. South Asians asserted that the color of their skin was not a crime. A Sikh police officer refused to take off his turban and shave his beard. Chinese immigrants rallied to show their solidarity with detainees.

And while things may have seemed bleak at times, immigrants were not the only ones who cared. There has been a new interest in immigrant communities and the issues that affect them. For the past year, the Citizen has been providing a place for immigrants to voice their stories. On the one-year anniversary of September 11th, we look back at the stories that the Citizen has translated from the ethnic press, or those that we have written ourselves, that deal with the way that immigrants have experienced September 11th.


The Disappeared of Brooklyn
From Gotham Gazette
Since September 11, law enforcement agents have raided hundreds of apartments, private homes, offices in New York, especially in Brooklyn, and arrested many Pakistanis. Some of their families still do not know where they are.

Muslim Youth Unfairly Targeted
From Youth Communications Magazine
Seventeen-year-old reporter Abanty Farzana writes about the fear and discrimination facing Muslim young people in New York City.

World Trade Center Victims Become U.S. Citizens
From El Diario/LA PRENSA
New York Representative Jose Serrano introduced a bill that would grant citizenship to the legal residents who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11. The bill, however, does not extend to the family members of victims.


City University Gets Tough On Undocumented
From Gotham Gazette
After a review of its policies on foreign students prompted by the terrorist attacks of September 11, City University will start charging double tuition for undocumented immigrants, which may force many to drop out of school.


Chinatown Tries To Recover
From Gotham Gazette
Outside of Ground Zero, no other neighborhood in New York City was as adversely affected by the events of 9/11 as Chinatown.

Queens Mosque Raided
From Sada-e-Pakistan
After receiving an anonymous tip of a planned mass murder, the FBI raided a Pakistani mosque, but found nothing.

Bureaucracy Hampers Aid
From The Filipino Express
Many families of Filipino-American victims of WTC attack are disheartened by complications involved in securing assistance from government and private groups, who, they said, give more priority to the families of firefighters and police officers.

Korean Composer Inspired By 911
From Chosun Ilbo
Inspired by the tragedy of WTC attack, a Korean musician composed "Oh, New York 2001" and plan to perform the piece during 2002 World Cup in September.

New Airport Regulations Evoke Mixed Reaction
From Nowy Dziennik
While most Polish immigrants believe stricter airport regulations are necessary, some view part of the new safety measures, such as having to take one’s shoes off, as an overreaction.

Citizenship For Mexican Victims
From Hoy
The Mexican representative for immigrant issues met with a U.S. Representative in an on-going effort to persuade Congress to give citizenship to Mexican victims and their families.

May I Speak To Osama bin Laden?
From the Arab Voice
A journalist at The Arab Voice recounts his phone conversations with "ordinary idiots."

Protesters Demand Fair Treatment Of Prisoners
From the Arab Voice

NY Protest Against Detention Of Immigrants
From News India Times

The New Secret War Against Immigrants
From Haiti Progres

Immigrants and human rights activists have been gathering at detention centers throughout the metropolitan area to protest the incarceration of hundreds of immigrants after September 11. Some hold up placards saying, "Tell us the charges," or "Who is being held?

MARCH 2002

Asian Immigrants Protest:
"Brown Skin Is Not A Sin"

From World Journal
Asian immigrants are among those protesting the detention of immigrants since September 11.

"New York City Is Its Own Country"
From Mr Bellers Neighborhood
A story of an Afghani immigrant's life after 9/11.

APRIL 2002

Chinese Demonstrate In Support for Detainees
From World Journal
Chinese immigrants marched against the ongoing detention of Middle Eastern immigrants since 9/11.

Day of Sorrow and Remembrance
From Nowy Dziennik
Polish residents of New York City reflect on how September 11 changed their lives and outlook.

From Tokyo To The Great White Way
From Asahi News
Japan's leading musical and stage actors and actresses donate their time and artistic talents to help steer New York City's theater industry through challenging times.

MAY 2002

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.

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

JUNE 2002

Out Of Sight But Not Out Of Mind
From Gotham Gazette
South Asian and Arab Immigrants arrested for visa violations in the government’s terrorism investigations remain in detention centers or jails in New York and New Jersey.

JULY 2002

Flying While Arab
From The Arab Voice
The author’s "random" security search after presenting a Saudi Arabian passport..


Six Plans, Two Languages
How are people in New York’s immigrant communities reacting to the six plans released in July by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation? Chinese and Spanish language papers followed the story closely.

Chinese Community Disappointed By WTC Plans
From World Journal

Many New Yorkers Rejected The Six Plans
From Hoy

Two More Filipinos Ordered Deported
From Filipino Reporter
Days after 62 Filipino nationals were deported, two more with outstanding deportation orders have been arrested and jailed by U.S. immigration agents.

When You Spy Upon A Star
From Indian Times
India's superstar Samyuktha Varma and her family were stopped and questioned by the police at La Guardia Airport after a passenger informed the flight crew that the family was conversing excitedly in an alien language and engaged in "suspicious actions.


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