We urge Congress to fufill President Obama’s request for nearly $4 billion to address the unprecedented crisis the United States faces on its southern border, where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, including a wave of children never seen before, have been trying to make it into the country.
The border is the focus of the emergency, but its repercussions are or will be felt across the country, including here in Queens. Though they’re arriving illegally, most of those who get into the United States will never be deported, by the government’s own admission. They’re being dispersed all over the nation and surely many will end up here, where immigrants both legal and illegal make up a larger share of the population than just about anywhere else.
Now is the time to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or, for those accepted into it two years ago, to renew their status, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said Tuesday.
Meng and a handful of immigration activists stood outside Newtown High School in Elmhurst to urge those who applied for DACA two years ago and those who are eligible to apply but haven’t in the past to file with the federal government as soon as possible.
Last week President Barack Obama announced that he would use executive action to address the country’s immigration system after House Speaker John Boehner stated that the House would not vote on it this year. President Obama recently described the increasing influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally as an “urgent humanitarian issue” and announced the establishment of an interagency group to manage this issue. Although the initiative will provide some relief to the thousands of migrant children currently living in the United States, it ultimately only serves as a Band-Aid solution to a deeply rooted problem that must be solved on both sides of the border. Latin America and the United States must strengthen bilateral cooperation to decrease the number of minors attempting the dangerous journey across the border.
In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, the number of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the country continues to worsen every year. In the last nine months alone, 47,000 minors have been detained after entering the U.S. illegally without the company of a parent or relative. This is almost twice as many as last year. Projections put the number of unaccompanied minors at over 100,000 in 2015.
Four Queens residents were among 17 people indicted last week in what the authorities called the takedown of a worldwide ring trafficking in khat, a leaf native to Africa that people chew to get high.
The Queens defendants are Wail Seidi, 21; Nabil Seidi, 35; Mohamed Seidi, 26; and Abubaker Seidi, 39, according to a written announcement made by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The AG did not say where in Queens they live or whether they are members of the same family.
The City Council approved municipal identification legislation last Thursday. It will be the largest program of its kind in the United States.
The bill’s goal is to expand access to city services for all residents, but most notably the estimated 500,000 undocumented immigrants here.
The screaming and sign-waving regarding the Pan American Hotel’s transformation last month into a homeless shelter wasn’t just limited to the sidewalks along Goldsmith Street in Elmhurst on Monday night.
Inside the Elks Lodge, the roars of the angry crowd outside were drowned out by residents and elected officials ripping the city for housing even more homeless families in their community.
Re: the Homeless Shelter Surprise or the Pan Am Hotel on Queens Blvd. conversion to a homeless shelter (6/12/14).
At an unscripted “open mike” moment, President Obama was overheard telling then-President Medvedev of Russia to tell Vladimir Putin that when he was re-elected he would able to be more flexible. True. Obama, phone and pen in hand, has become very flexible. We’ve had …
The IRS politicized, Benghazi, a mountain of corruption and cover-up, the horrible mistreatment of veterans at government-run hospitals (precursors of Obamacare) exposed, and a defecting American soldier traded for five Taliban terrorist commanders at Gitmo. Thank heavens Obama takes vacations.
Now, because Obama gave a free pass to the children of illegal aliens, the latest “progressive” bomb to hit the American public is the arrival at the Texas border of 50,000 unaccompanied children again from Central America. Eric Holder, who before becoming attorney general worked as a lawyer defending Muslim terrorists, immediately sent 100 lawyers down to Texas to make sure the ‘children’ were not being abused.
Tent cities were surreptitiously set up deep inside the United States, where America’s new hope for the future (since the European immigrants made such a botch of it), Central America’s “Dreamers,” are now being taught English and being clothed, fed and educated. Who’s paying for all this? Why … you are.
When the next 50,000 arrive, where will the present 50,000 go to live? Since Queens has the largest population of Central Americans in the United States, no doubt, here.
Pan Am’s conversion to a homeless shelter may have come down to a surprise, but the waves of refugees, hotel conversions and legalized basement apartments coming down the pike shouldn’t be. Our borders are open. “Dreamers” should soon feel very at home here. It’ll be just like Honduras and Guatemala, but with television.
Noora Ferdoucy just wants her dad to come home.
“My family cannot move forward without my father,” she said at a rally held at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center on Monday. “He provided for us, took care of us and most importantly, he is my dad. He was there for me every day and I love him.”
In 2003, a British newspaper writing about the surprise Academy Award victory for actor Adrien Brody described him as being from “Woodhaven, a New York City suburb about ten kilometers east of Manhattan.”
They were wrong of course — Woodhaven is a neighborhood within, not a suburb of, New York City — but anyone who has been to the community could easily forgive their mistake.
A self-guided tour around his old Rego Park neighborhood draws Bruce Levy first to the place he called home until he was 27 years old.
As he approaches the intersection of Saunders Street and 63rd Drive on a recent overcast day, he pauses, points to a fifth floor window — the one that now has a flower box in it — in the corner building, and says, “That was my room,” quickly adding, “I’m not an emotional person. It’s part of history, part of my life.”
Not every Queens neighborhood has a nationally known landmark like the West Side Tennis Stadium in Forest Hills or the Unisphere in Flushing.
And while Glendale may not be a tourist destination that draws thousands of people to its streets, its approximately 55,000 residents know the neighborhood’s respectable blue-collar work ethic and history of immigrant success make the area one of the city’s more historical hidden gems.
The architecture of a city or a neighborhood can be like the rings of a tree to the trained eye.
A close examination can uncover history preserved in wood and stone like an insect trapped in amber.
Veteran state Sen. Toby Stavisky, (D-Flushing), who has represented the 16th District for 14 years, will be challenged in the fall Democratic primary by at least one opponent, SJ Jung.
Jung announced Tuesday he is running as a reformer “who refuses to accept politics as usual.” Also considering throwing his hat in the ring is attorney John Messer, who ran against Stavisky in 2010 and 2012. He told the Chronicle he is seriously considering a run this year and will announce his decision soon.
Stone and rock cutting is largely a lost art in America today. In Italy it is a respected trade that has consisted of hard work with one’s hands, passed down over the centuries from one generation to the next.
Stone cutter Pasquale Fasolino, born in Gaeta, Italy in 1886, arrived in the United States in 1905 aboard the SS Citta di Napoli, which made trips from Naples to the United States. Formerly the SS Republic, the ship had been reconfigured to carry 1,424 steerage passengers, for immigration.
Grandmas can be a terrific source for stories, wisdom and of course, great food.
A new web series, created by Astoria resident Caroline Shin, aims to weave good food and good stories together by focusing on the women who make it all possible: grannies.
New Immigrant Community Empowerment rallied with workers outside of Excellent Job Agency on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights on Tuesday on allegations that the business and businesses around the city cheat low-wage and immigrant workers.
“For years, the Queens community has been complaining about the predatory, fraudulent and substandard practices of local employment agencies,” Executive Director of NICE Valeria Treves said. “After doing an in-depth study on this issue and getting the word out, we found out that this problem is very widespread; not only on Roosevelt Avenue but also across the city and across the state. We have convened the Justice for Job Seekers coalition to bring this abuse to an end.”
Queens County is growing, and the population of the borough is nearing an all-time high of 2.3 million, Census figures estimated last week.
Nearly halfway through the decade, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the borough’s population as 2,296,175, an increase of 2.9 percent from 2010, or about 65,000 people. That makes the borough larger than every city in the country except New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and more populous than 15 states.
In 1997 in Elmhurst, two men approached Li Ping, an immigrant from China. They grabbed her and slit her throat.
While Ping was still alive, she faced the difficult choice of pursuing her attackers and risking the possibility of deportation or staying silent.
Queens politicians and immigration activists rallied last Friday to support a move by House Democrats to force a vote on immigration reform that would affect the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
“Our message to [House Speaker] John Boehner is, stop delaying,” Congressman Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) said outside Flushing Town Hall.
There has been a great deal of heated debate recently about the place of charter schools in the public education system and how to best pay for making full-day prekindergarten available to every eligible child.
Often lost in the rhetorical bomb throwing and lawsuit filing is this: Adding charter schools and finally making prekindergarten truly universal calls for more school buildings. Lots of them.
Though the contracts have been signed and the variance has been approved by the City Council, business owners in Willets Point are not giving up. They want action to be taken by the city, and they want it now.
A handful of owners told their stories while supporters sat with melancholy looks on their faces, somberly nodding when their peers pointed out the hardships they all face.
(NAPSI)—Young men in the United States often find turning 18 can bring a number of opportunities. It also brings an important obligation-registering with Selective Service.
State Sen. Greg Ball (D-Patterson) slammed Mayor de Blasio’s municipal ID card legislation during a debate with Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) on “Up Close with Diana Williams” on Sunday morning.
The bill, which will be drafted by Dromm — a big advocate for immigration reform — was briefly discussed by the mayor during his State of the City Address two weeks ago.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.