Young New Yorkers who came here illegally as children say they will not give up on the DREAM Act, which would allow an estimated 2 million young people to get on a path to citizenship. Though the House passed a version of the bill earlier this week, the Senate tabled it Thursday morning in order to avoid a Republican filibuster.
As lawmakers in Washington get ready to vote on the Dream Act, local advocates and critics are trying to rally support. The bill would allow high school graduates whose parents brought them here illegally to get legal by going to college or joining the military. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the measure will help her agency focus on deporting dangerous criminals.
In the past, when Ireland's economy suffered, many Irish came to New York to find work. But with Ireland's current downturn, the founder of New York’s most prominent Irish newspaper says the Irish are more likely to head elsewhere, with more attractive immigration policies..
For a New York-based group using a crowd-sourcing program to monitor the Presidential election in the West African nation of Guinea, the last couple of weeks have been wrenching. First, a seemingly smooth run-off election turned violent. Then, last week, Alliance Guinea’s main source of information -- texts from Guineans on the ground -- was cut off.
Good friends take care of each other. So, this fall, Lower East Side poet Fay Chiang took on a fellow poet’s woes. Patricia Spears Jones had spent two years out of a job, her unemployment checks had run out, and Chiang said she was worrying out loud that she couldn’t make rent. So Chiang got an idea: “Oh! We can do a rent party!” she told Jones.
The New York based group that monitored Guinea's historic election via text messages from voters is now monitoring outbreaks of violence between members of the West African nation's opposing parties. On Monday, the Electoral Commission announced a winner in the close Presidential run-off, and members of the losing party are dissatisfied with the count.
In the West African nation of Guinea, officials are still counting ballots in a very close run-off election for President. And here in New York, a group of international volunteers called Alliance Guinea has found an unusual way to support the country’s transition. They are using crowdsourcing tools to map voting problems and successes being observed in Guinea and sent to the Alliance via text message.
While Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statements may trouble American leaders, his stand against what he sees as American imperialism attracts supporters. Some Iranians in the U.S. feel caught in the middle: they, too, are critical of U.S. foreign policy, but they are also critical of Iran's current government.
17-year-old Radio Rookie Edwin Llanos has grown up in neighborhoods where police officers stop and search kids all the time -- and a lot of those kids don’t trust cops to help when they're in need. Last year, when Edwin got into a tough situation, he wasn't sure who to turn to.
With the United States deporting more immigrants than ever before -- almost 400,000 over the past year -- some of New York's elected officials and immigrant advocates are trying hard to draw attention to cases that, to them, seem blatantly unjust.
About two thirds of New Yorkers are from immigrant families. And when parents - who came here from other countries - raise American children, they face all kinds of choices about which cultural norms to follow. That's the case in Radio Rookie Andrea Lee Torres' family. Her parents came here from the Philippines in the 1990s. And she's not sure she agrees with at least one decision they made - not to teach her their language.
18 year old Caribbean American, Rayon Wright, who was born in Jamaica, West Indies and raised in Brooklyn. Though Rayon grew up surrounded with Jamaican culture and music, he wants more than anything to become a producer of Korean music and entertainment. A lot of non-Asian teenagers like Hello Kitty or Japanese Anime, but Rayon's love for Asian culture goes far beyond that.
Video Games! Millions of people play some form of them - from Farmville on Facebook to more complex games on consoles like the Xbox, PlayStation, and the most popular, Wii. Industry experts say forty percent of all game players are female, players of hardcore games like Grand Theft Auto are mostly male. That means the games are designed with boys and men in mind -- and 17-year-old Radio Rookie Jessica Cernadas finds that very frustrating.
The President and Prime Minister of Haiti are asking for aid, but also for investment. Both spoke on the last day of the Clinton Global Initiative, former President Clinton’s yearly effort to get business leaders involved in solving world problems.
Empowering women and girls is among major threads at this week's Clinton Global Initiative, the yearly conference designed to bring together people with ideas and people with money and power.
As world leaders descend on New York for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, activists and advocates arrive, too, hoping to grab the attention of world leaders -- and the media -- so they can take part in the global conversation.
It comes around once a year -- the week when New York really does become the center of the world and representatives from 192 countries convene at the United Nations.
The men and women who knock on illegal immigrants’ doors and take them away in handcuffs are members of what are called fugitive operations teams. They often meet up before dawn in some dim parking lot near the homes of the immigrants they're looking for.
The El Diario newspaper columnist accused of collaborating with a ring of Russian spies was granted bail in a Manhattan federal courthouse yesterday evening. That’s despite the fact that another suspect in the alleged spy ring disappeared after a judge from the island of Cyprus allowed him out on bail. ...
Colleagues and followers of columnist Vicky Peláez continue to express disbelief that she’s one of 11 alleged Russian spies arrested earlier this week. Peláez is scheduled to appear in federal court tomorrow for a bail hearing. Many of her friends and acquaintances say she's a journalist with strong beliefs--but none ...