Monday, April 6, 2020

Lorenas Borjas, a historic figure for LGBTQ rights and Latinos in New York died from the coronavirus

Lorena Borjas, an undocumented migrant in the United States, a transgender and precarious person, but above all a historic fighter for LGBTQ rights and Latinos died in New York City. She is remembered for handing out condoms to the sex workers in her neighborhood in Jackson Heights. She also organized syringe exchanges to protect transgender people going through hormone therapy, […]

Supreme Court turning its attention to Sanctuary laws

The Trump administration’s efforts to force state and local authorities to abandon “sanctuary” policies and cooperate with federal immigration agents have mostly been panned by lower courts, and the Supreme Court soon may weigh in. One justice — albeit one no longer on the high court — already has. Retired justice David H. Souter last […]

Latinos in New York City are disproportionately losing their jobs because of coronavirus

A survey published yesterday found that job losses related to the coronavirus pandemic have disproportionately affected Latinos in New York City. Experts who surveyed 1,000 city residents found that 41 percent of Latinos said that either they or someone else in their household had lost their jobs in the last two weeks, according to the report […]

Trump says undocumented immigrants can get tested for coronavirus and not fear being deported

Yesterday President Trump said undocumented immigrants should be able to get tested for coronavirus without fear of arrest or deportation. “The answer is yes, we will do those tests,” Trump said during a White House briefing. “You could say illegal alien, you could say illegal immigrant, you could say whatever you want to use your definition of […]

Experts worry ‘Puerto Rico is going to be ignored’ during coronavirus pandemic

Puerto Rico has taken drastic measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, such as implementing an islandwide curfew, banning cruise ships and closing schools and all nonessential businesses. The island’s governor, Wanda Vazquez, wants to go a step further: She has requested that the Federal Aviation Administration suspend domestic and international flights to Puerto Rico […]

ICE pausing most immigration enforcement amid coronavirus crisis

Immigration authorities will halt most enforcement across the U.S., shifting efforts to deport only foreign nationals who have committed crimes or pose a threat to public safety, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said yesterday. The agency said it will “temporarily adjust” its enforcements, specifically saying people should not avoid seeking “medical care because they fear civil […]

Latino groups issue coronavirus guide in Spanish after Trump administration fails to do so

The president’s latest advice on slowing the spread of coronavirus was not available online in Spanish as of Tuesday, alarming some Latino groups. A banner in English stamped across the coronavirus page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website links to the latest administration guidance for preventing coronavirus. The guidelines published by the […]

USCIS says Coronavirus testing won’t count against immigrants trying to get green cards

When immigration officials rolled out their “public charge” rule last month, people who were sick were deemed a “burden” to the U.S. and their health conditions were counted against them when applying for a green card. Late Friday, however, part of that changed— at least when it comes to coronavirus, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services […]