ore than one-third of New Yorkers were born outside of the United States and many of them are not eligible to vote. The New York City Charter Revision Commission, a panel appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to change the city's constitution, recommended in late August that non-citizens be allowed to vote in local elections (Gotham Gazette).

Immigrants certainly have plenty of issues for elected public officials to address. A new study from Center for Puerto Rican Studies found that immigrants in New York are more likely than their native counterparts to spend most of their income on rent (Gotham Gazette).

The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services has a new boss. Edward Aguirre Jr., himself a former Cuban refugee, was appointed last month to head the immigrant agency. He has said that his goal is to reduce the backlog in cases of immigrants seeking permanent resident status and citizenship (Associated Press).

In this September edition of The Citizen, we take a look at immigrant reaction to the blackout, primary elections in immigrant districts and minorities in the judicial system. Articles from the Bengali, Chinese, French, Korean and Spanish press, including stories from the Independent Press Association's "Voices That Must Be Heard."

Should Non-Citizens Be Allowed To Vote?
From Gotham Gazette
Over a million New Yorkers live, work, and pay taxes in the city, but they can not vote because they are not legal U.S. citizens. There is a movement afoot to give non-citizens the right to vote in local elections.

Readers debate on our message board.

Hot Races
From El Diario
A round-up of competitive races in this year’s primary from El Diario.

New Voters
From Sing Tao Daily
An organization in Chinatown set up a stall on the sidewalk between Canal and Mott streets to register new voters.

Language Assistance
From Joong Ang
More than 100 polling places across Queens will provide Korean language assistance, with two to four translators per a site.

City Council District 14
From Hoy
With another candidate disqualified, the fight for the Democratic nomination for City Council’s 14th district seat has been reduced to two: current Councilmember María Báez and former Councilmember and State Senator Israel Ruiz Jr.

A Little Help From Liu
From The World Journal
Councilmember John Liu leaves his district to help campaign for another council member, James Gennaro, who is up for reelection in district 24, where 24 percent of the population is Asian American.


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Immigrants and the Blackout
From Gotham Gazette
Most of the stores that stayed open throughout the blackout last month were owned or run by immigrants.

Blackout Hurts Business
From The World Journal
Restaurants and food stores in Chinatown suffered a hard hit from the blackout, having to throw away food and other stock.

Loss for Korean Business
From Joong Ang
Korean businesses, ranging from restaurants to nail salons, were hit by the largest blackout in the U.S. history. Korean deli losses alone are estimated at more than $20 million.

"Don't Leave Us In The Dark"
From Hoy
Bodega owners and supermarkets in upper Manhattan ask for help to recover their losses from the blackout.

Power Restoration
From The World Journal
Chinatown residents and business owners questioned how long it took to restore electricity to their area.

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US. vs. Korean Education
From Joong Ang
A Korean writer wonders whether "U.S. education is worth bringing children here at the expense of inconvenience and suffering."

New York In French
From France-Amerique
A tour guide organized a three-hour walking tour of the Lower East Side in French.

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Korean Elderly
From Joong Ang
Many Korean elders either raise their grandchildren or work as baby-sitters for free, according to the Child Guidance Center, an organization in Queens.

Future Uncertain
From Gotham Gazette
The New York State legislature blocked Governor George Pataki's plan to close the Bronx Psychiatric Center, the only Spanish-English bilingual wards in the entire state system. Advocates and patients remain anxious about its future.

Minorities in the Judicial System
From El Diario
More Hispanics have been appointed to the judicial system but the number is still low.

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New Studies About Immigrants
From Gotham Gazette
After entering the country, some immigrants stay put in New York City while others leave for other cities or states where they can find affordable housing, according to new studies. But wherever they go, new immigrants will help bring down wages in low-level service jobs.

Employing Non-Citizens
From Gotham Gazette
It is against the law for employers to hire "illegal aliens." It is also against the law for employers to discriminate on the basis of national origin or citizenship status. How can employers obey both sets of laws? Andy Humm visits a workshop for employers conducted by the City Commission on Human Rights that helps them through the minefield.

Work Discrimination
From El Diario
Many employers, who do not understand immigration law, believe that a green card is the only proof of work authorization. Some also mistake Puerto Ricans or Hispanic Americans for non-US citizens.

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Imam Found Guilty
From Weekly Darpon
Brooklyn Federal Judge convicted Alaa Al-Sadawi, 33, imam of a Brooklyn mosque, of smuggling $659,000 out of John F. Kennedy airport.

Oily Greenpoint
From Nowy Dziennik
A big oil leak from 19th and 20th century refineries covers 44 acres in Northern Brooklyn.

 

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