Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tension Rises In New York Town’s Latino Community Amidst Trump’s Visit

It’s been almost eight years since an Ecuadorean immigrant lost his life due to a hate-crime stabbing. The incident divided the New York town of Patchogue, filling the new Latino community and its longtime Caucasian residents with tension. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump planned an appearance at a GOP fundraiser on Thursday just blocks from […]

Targeting Fastest-Growing Latino Group, Dominicanos USA Registers 100K New Voters

With increased importance on the Latino vote in elections across the country and in the presidential election next year, one organization, Dominicanos USA, is doing everything it can to ensure the fastest growing segment of that group, Dominican-Americans, have their voices heard, announcing that they have successfully registered more than 100,000 voters in New York […]

Immigrants Facing Deportation in NYC to be Provided with Lawyer

Marking the first time a jurisdiction has voted to provide attorneys to immigrants who cannot afford one, New York City recently approved $4.9 million dollars to fund the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). The program received only $500,000 in funding last year, but has grown to accommodate the numerous immigrants who still cannot […]

May Day Protesters Marched In Support of Immigration Reform

Thousands of the people gathered across the country on Wednesday urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform during a rally celebrating International Workers Day. “We’re here to demand political change and fair immigration reform,” said Gabriel Zamora, a janitor and undocumented immigrant who crossed the border from Tijuana eight years ago. Protestors gathered in major […]

Guest Blogger: Robert Valencia “A Silver Lining in the Juvenile Justice System”

The string of shootings in Newtown, Aurora, and Oak Creek last year would make some reconsider establishing ‘stop-and-frisk’ policies in several violence-ridden U.S. cities. Most recently, an article by The Chicago Tribune’s Stephanie D. Neely on March 1, claimed that stop-and-frisk policies are needed in an attempt to curb gun violence in Chicago. According to […]

Guest Blogger: Dr. Evelyn Montalvo-Stanton “In Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath, Let’s Prepare Better For Storms’ Impact on Health”

For me, the most memorable impacts of Hurricane Sandy arrived at my door after the floodwaters receded. In Newark, New Jersey where I work as a pediatric pulmonologist, the floods gave way to a rapid growth of mold and other lung irritants, and my patients are feeling the strain with every breath they take. In these predominantly […]

Puerto Rican Regiment Honored With Their Own Street Name in the Bronx

‘La 65 de Infanteria Boulevard’ is the new name of Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, New York, in honor of the Puerto Rican regiment of the US Army known as “the Borinqueneers,” who are veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. More than 20,000 Puerto Ricans served as Borinqueneers since […]

Absence of Latinos in Political Leadership Leaves Latinos in Hardship in Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

Many in the New York and New Jersey region are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy destruction, and Latinos are among those hardest hit. An absence of Latinos in key political leadership positions seems to be leading many in the community to rebuilding at a slower rate. About 29% of New York City’s population is made […]

East Coast Continues Feeling the Ripple Effects of Hurricane Sandy

As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Sandy has caused 75 deaths in the United States, while cutting off power to more than 7 million people and businesses, many of whom have no timeline for when it will be restored. Even though all regions that come into contact with the storm will be affected in a negative way, some […]

Reaction to Secure Communities Program continues to vary state to state

A controversial immigration enforcement program has been suspended in New York while Texas looks to expand it. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently suspended the Secure Communities program, which is administered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is designed to target serious criminals for deportation.  The program allows local law enforcement officials to compare the […]