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City launches new season of We Speak NYC English language learning program

City officials on Wednesday unveiled the newest season of its Emmy-winning, free English language learning program, We Speak NYC. Previously known as We Are New York, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ We Speak NYC strives to help immigrant New Yorkers build language skills and...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:07am

Walsh awards $100K in grants to support immigrant community

Mayor Marty Walsh has awarded $100,000 total to 10 immigrant organizations as an investment into those members of the city’s community. Walsh announced the grants, which disperse the $100,000 among multiple immigrant-led and immigrant-serving groups, through the Mayor's Office for...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:34pm

CBP releases images of Trump border wall prototypes in California

It appears the Trump border wall construction is underway and is moving onto the next phases of development, according to new images released by the Customs and Border Protection Department.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department tweeted a few photographs of concrete...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:39am

NYC creates central hub for immigrants to access services and resources

To further continue New York City’s efforts to be a sanctuary city for immigrants despite continued threats made by the Trump administration, officials on Thursday launched the NYC Immigrant Information Desk. Created by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and City Council,...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 4:22pm

This mountain climber says he could beat Trump's border wall

While looking at prototypes for his long-promised border wall on Tuesday, President Trump said that "getting over the top is easy" and that refugees from Mexico are like "professional mountain climbers," statements that one of the world's most pre-eminent mountain climbers...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 5:38pm

Watch New York Dreamers share their stories

In New York state alone, there are 42,000 Dreamers, and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is helping share some of their stories. Dreamers are enrolled in DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era immigration policy that protects those who came to the United States as...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:03pm

Melania Trump got her green card through 'Einstein visa' program. But how?

First lady Melania Trump received permanent residence in the United States through a program for people "with extraordinary ability." The EB-1 program is reserved for people such as academics, global business executives, Olympic athletes and award-winning actors who have shown "...

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:22pm

Ravi Ragbir won't be deported on Saturday

New York City immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir has been granted a temporary stay of deportation. Ragbir was detained Jan. 11 after a routine check-in with U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement, a move that sparked protests throughout the city from supporters who called Ragbir a pillar of the...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 12:33pm

People aren't buying Trump's beliefs about immigrants: Survey

President Trump's views and proposed policies on immigration are well out of step with American voters, says a new poll, which found that an overwhelming majority of Americans want Dreamers to stay in the U.S., and a solid majority oppose Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. The...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 5:07pm

De Blasio writes letter to ICE asking agency not to deport Ravi Ragbir

Mayor Bill de Blasio has written a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking the federal agency not to deport Ravi Ragbir, a local immigration rights advocate whose ICE detention sparked a rally in January. Hundreds have voiced support for Ragbir after he was detained following a...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:14pm

Immigrants ignite the economy in these states, study finds

With the country’s immigration policy — from border security and the looming DACA termination to President Trump’s travel ban from mostly Muslim countries — remaining a hotly debated topic, WalletHub has taken a look at the economic impact immigrants have in the U.S. Using...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 11:25am

Immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir released from ICE detention

New York City immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir has been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and is returning home. Ragbir, executive director of faith-based immigrant rights group The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, was detained on Jan. 11 at a routine check-...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:40pm

Mayor cancels Trump meeting amid immigration battle

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled his White House meeting with President Trump Wednesday in the wake of new federal demands regarding sanctuary cities, of which New York is one. De Blasio was slated to attend a meeting between Trump and more than 100 mayors from across the country to discuss...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 10:59am

ICE detain Polish doctor who has been in country for 40 years with green card

A Polish-born doctor in Michigan who has been a resident of the United States for 40 years was arrested and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agencies last week and could face deportation. Lukasz Niec, 43, is an internal medicine doctor for Bronson Healthcare Group in...

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 5:38pm

How will a government shutdown affect you?

Our government has until tomorrow to come to an agreement on a spending bill in order to not face a complete shutdown. While it’s a funny scenario to imagine Senators Lindsay Graham and Cory Booker partnering up on a cross-country road trip ripped out of Judd Apatow style bromance during...

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:30am

Department of Homeland Security Secretary says deporting Dreamers won't be a priority

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the deportation of undocumented immigrants will not be a priority if the Trump administration fails to reach a deal to protect immigrants who receive benefits from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 2:00pm

Trump’s America: Donald digs himself another hole

A house is not a hole. That, I kid you not, is the latest defense from Donald Trump’s enablers, as most of planet Earth howls in outrage at the American president’s vulgar term for nations that aren’t as white as Norway. And Trump’s not helping himself much: He spent...

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 6:43pm

Protests break out after NYC immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir detained by ICE

A vigil in solidarity with New York families facing deportation turned into a rally calling for the release of a local immigrant rights leader who was reportedly detained during a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday morning.  Ravi Ragbir, executive director...

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 4:48pm

Cuomo aims to protect New York's Salvadorans after Trump immigration order

After the Trump administration announced that the United States will end temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ramping up efforts to protect the state’s Salvadoran population. Some 200,000 Salvadorans who have been allowed to live and work in the...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 3:47pm

Data finds Trump sent home less Mexicans in 2017 than Obama in 2016

According to Mexican government data, Trump sent home fewer illegal immigrants in 2017 than Obama did during the same amount of time in 2016. Data from Mexico’s Interior Ministry revealed that 152,000 Mexican nationals were repatriated (read: sent back to their home country) between Jan. and...

Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 6:02pm