- 10:28 am
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The sweeping immigration bill that a bipartisan group of senators is preparing will include a major new merit-based program for foreigners to become permanent legal residents based on their work skills, including both high-skilled and blue-collar workers, according to people familiar with a draft of the legislation.
- 3:37 pm - Thu, Apr 11, 2013
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Photos from yesterday’s Citizenship for 11 Million rally in DC by Fi2W contributor and editor of the FilAm Cristina Pastor.
- 3:36 pm
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‘Pensionados’ were young Filipinos offered scholarships to study in American colleges courtesy of the American colonial government. Many of these students come from elite families, such as the Nakpils, the Delgados, and the Quirinos. (via Those who came before us » The FilAm)
- 3:15 pm
Fi2W contributor Cristina Pastor was in DC yesterday. Stay tuned for her report.
- 1:55 pm - Wed, Apr 3, 2013
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Yesterday the Associated Press announced an update to their Stylebook to rid their reporting of the term “illegal immigrant” and the use of “illegal” to describe a person. The AP Stylebook is a guide for writers and editors at the venerable news wire. It is also an industry standard used by print and broadcast news across the country. “Illegal,” the new guidelines say, “should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.
- 9:51 am - Tue, Apr 2, 2013
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Listen to Fi2W contributor Yael Even Or on WNYC above. Read her original Fi2W story here.
It’s been two years since the uprising in Syria began. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country. One woman finds herself back in New York, caught at the intersection between the U.S. immigration system, war refugees and the conflict in Syria.
Ahlam is 28 years old. She came to New York for the first time in 2005, when she was still single. Her father had immigrated to the U.S. 22 years ago and, now, all her family is here. She got a green card, but went back to Syria to study medicine. There she met her husband, who is also a doctor.
Four months ago she returned to the U.S. to give birth to her daughter in the safety of an American hospital. Now she feels caught between two options: staying in New York or returning to Syria, where the violent civil war continues to rage. Feet in 2 Worlds reporter Yael Even Or tells Ahlam’s story — the limited options open to Ahlam and her husband — to WNYC’s Richard Hake.
(via Fleeing Syria: Caught Between the Immigration System and Reuniting a Family - WNYC)
- 2:15 pm - Mon, Apr 1, 2013
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With April’s tax deadline approaching, people in the US are starting to organize their paperwork. It may come as a surprise to some that many undocumented immigrants also pay taxes. However, anxiety is building as a pathway to citizenship may require paying years of back taxes. Fi2W reporter Aurora Almendral headed to Queens, NY to find out more.
Listen to Aurora Almendral’s report on undocumented taxpayers produced for our media partner PRI’s The World.
(via Undocumented, Paying Taxes, Hoping for Immigration Reform | Feet in 2 Worlds)
- 10:56 am
Ramaa Redy Raghavan’s piece about an Indian Sikh group feeding the hungry after Superstorm Sandy won an honorable mention at last night’s Ippies. Given out by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the City University of New York, these awards “ honor reporting in English and in languages other than English by the ethnic and community press.