The departing president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is expected to arrive in New York on Wednesday for medical treatment.
Saleh was injured in a bomb attack last summer when the country teetered on the cusp of civil war.
Adel Kassim, an editor at Ghorba News, a local Yemeni newspaper and website, said Yemeni immigrants are mostly supportive of Saleh but want to see the country move forward with peaceful reforms.
"They look forward to establishing their own government, and they look forward to live in peace," Kassim said.
Presidential elections in Yemen are slated for February.