mmigrants took to the streets in Jackson Heights in late August to rally against the Bush Administration’s policies, which they believe have threatened the freedom of foreigners. The demonstration took place a week before the National Republican Convention met for the first time in New York City.

A new report released by the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates tougher immigration policies, found that illegal immigrants in the United States cost the federal government more than $10 billion a year. Immigrant advocates disagreed. “That is almost certainly not true once you look at the numbers," said Jeffrey S. Passel, a demographer at the Urban Institute.

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a class-action lawsuit against New York State, charging that a recent crackdown on the driver's licenses of hundreds of thousands of immigrant New Yorkers is unlawful because it usurps federal responsibility for immigration, oversteps state law on issuing licenses and ignores due process.

Articles this month from the Caribbean, Chinese, Pakistani, Polish, Russian and Spanish-language via our partner, Voices That Must Be Heard

Chinatown Dollar-Van
From World Journal
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of five men in the Chinatown dollar-van case, accused of terrorizing and extorting money from van drivers.

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Hunger Strike
Pakistan Post
Pakistani immigrants were among 170 prisoners who have gone on a hunger strike at the Wackenhut Detention Center in Queens in protest of the poor quality of the food and health services and the length of their detention.

In Memory
From Aramica
Street renaming honors Arab American victim of 9/11

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Caribbean teachers
From Caribbean Life
The US State Department grants last-minute visa waivers to 60 Caribbean teachers in Brooklyn.

Rent Hikes
From Sing Tao Daily
Rent hikes in Brooklyn’s 8th Avenue, neighborhood composed of 80,000 Chinese residents, are hurting business.

Zero Unemployment
From Nowy Dziennik
Some Poles don't believe in unemployment because anyone who wants to work here in the
US can do so.

Forgotten Street Vendors
From Hoy
Street vendors around Madison Square Garden know little or nothing about the street closures during the Republican National Convention.

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Artistic State Senate
From Hoy
Graffiti artist, James De la Vega began his campaign to to unseat the veteran New York State Senator Olga Méndez.

Emerging Russian Politicians
From Russian Forward
In the past four years Electoral District 46 in Brooklyn has become an incubator of up-and-coming Russian-Jewish political candidates.

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