Mirela Iverac

Reporter, WNYC News

Mirela Iverac appears in the following:

Newark Police Department Limits Cooperation With Federal Immigration Agency

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The police department in Newark, N.J., has decided to limit its cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

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Council Voting to Override Mayoral Veto on NYPD Oversight Bills

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The City Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a pair of controversial bills to expand oversight of the NYPD — and supporters of the bills say they have the votes to do it.


In New York, Loans to Help Young Immigrants Apply for Deferred Action

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A year after the federal government's Deferred Action program took effect, 22,000 young immigrants illegally in New York have obtained work permits.  But that's only about one-fourth of the people who are eligible, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a think-tank based in Washington, D.C.


At the Balkan Camp, Thirty Years of Music, Fun and Friendship

Friday, August 16, 2013

Teenagers to 70-year-olds, hand in hand, form a circle as they dance to the music of a live brass band. As the circle moves, the dance hall vibrates. Welcome to the Balkan dance and music camp. At 10 p.m., the party is just getting started. 

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Russian New Yorkers React to Snowden's Asylum

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Russians in Brighton Beach differ on whether Edward Snowden should have sought asylum in Russia.

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Tough Road Ahead for Immigration Reform in the House

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Only a few months ago some politicians predicted that this summer an immigration reform bill would be on President Obama’s desk ready for signing. But as Congress goes on recess, the House of Representatives hasn’t yet put together a bill. That, however, doesn't mean both Republicans and Democrats aren’t plotting a way forward in this high-stakes game.

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City Council Invests $18 Million To Help Young Immigrants Apply for Deferred Action

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The City Council announced Wednesday it will make millions of dollars available to help young immigrants qualify for a federal program that gives them a chance to work legally.


Post-DOMA, Some Bi-National Couples Won't Return to U.S.

Monday, July 15, 2013

For some same-sex couples who had moved out of the United States to be able to live together, their ability to sponsor a spouse for a green card came too late.

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Employers Say Immigration Reform Won't Lead to Paying All Employees On-the-Books

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A set of stairs leads to a below-the-ground take-out restaurant in Harlem, where half a dozen customers regularly line up. It can take a while to get food here, but on an average day as many as 120 people are willing to wait, because it is delicious and affordable. Tony, the owner, a bulky former Department of Correction officer, has been building the business for a long time.


As Immigration Bill Clears Senate Hurdle, New York Immigrants Celebrate

Friday, June 28, 2013

On Thursday afternoon, an hour before the vote on the immigration reform bill was scheduled, Marta Gualotuna, 53, made her way from Manhattan to a watch party in Queens.


Sen. Bob Menendez Applauds Passage of Immigration Bill

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Senate passed its compressive immigration bill on Thursday. The bill would offer a path to citizenship to 11 million unauthorized immigrants and provide extensive security along the Mexican border.

The bill was drafted by a bipartisan group of Senators, the so-called Group of Eight. One them, New ...


Same-Sex Binational Couples Celebrate DOMA Decision

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gay and lesbian Americans married to foreign citizen are among those celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act - because now they can sponsor their spouses for green cards. 


Young Immigrants Relish Changes New Policy Brought to Their Lives

Friday, June 14, 2013

Cecilio Ximeyo was looking for a job on a recent day in Soho. As he filled out an application at a shoe store, he particularly enjoyed answering one question.

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Hospitals Treating Immigrants Here Illegally Worry About Upcoming Cuts

Monday, June 10, 2013

On a recent day Dora was at home in Brooklyn taking care her of her 3-year-old boy Jean when she started having problems breathing and feeling chest pain. As it got worse, Dora, 29, called her husband to tell him she was going to the emergency room at the Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park.


Newly Minted Young Americans Reflect On What It Means to Be a Citizen

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

On a recent day in lower Manhattan, 119 children and teenagers got their citizenship certificates. They hailed from over 30 countries, including Albania, Ecuador, Pakistan, and the U.K.


Gay New Yorkers Not Confident They'll Be a Part of Immigration Reform

Friday, May 10, 2013

On a recent day Pablo Garcia was preparing arepas in a small kitchen of the apartment in Elmhurst, Queens. He and his husband, Santiago Ortiz, have lived there for over 20 years.

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Some Sandy Victims Still in Hotels Get Deadline Extended

Friday, April 26, 2013

The move-out deadline for households displaced by Sandy and living in hotels has been extended by one month for some families – but only if they are waiting for repairs on their homes or are in the process of applying for public or Section 8 housing.


Do the Proposed Changes to H-1B Visas Go Far Enough?

Monday, April 22, 2013

An immigration bill introduced in the Senate last week doesn't only include a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. It also proposes changes to visas for high-skilled immigrants, known as H-1B. But neither all employers nor critics of the program are entirely satisfied.

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For Some New Yorkers, News of Immigration Reform is New

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Jodi Ziesemer, an accredited representative at Catholic Charities, a non-profit which provides legal services, was calling clients for whom she usually doesn’t have good news on Wednesday.

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Immigration Reform Proposal Brings Hope to a New York Family

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Martinez family spent this Sunday, as they usually do, in a park on Knickerbocker Avenue.