Author: Maibe Gonzalez Fuentes Ponet

Bio: Maibe Ponet is a Venezuelan-American journalist. She is currently the Opinion Page Editor for El Diario La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States. She has worked as a reporter for leading Venezuelan national publications and was a staff writer for the Spanish language newspaper Hoy, where she covered local politics and NYC City Hall from 2002 to 2005. Following her departure from Hoy, she served as a press person for candidates, elected officials and city agencies, including the 2005 Democratic mayoral nominee Fernando Ferrer, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and the New York City Department of Education. Maibe is a former Independent Press Association Ethnic Journalism Fellow. She holds a BA in Journalism from the Central University of Venezuela, and a master's degree in Urban Policy and Management from The New School University.


It’s NOT Just the Economy, Stupid – Mitt Romney and Immigration Reform

Posted on: 19 Jun 2012

El Diario/La Prensa’s Maibe Ponet says the Romney campaign strategy of focusing on the economy while ignoring immigration doesn’t make sense.

2010 Census at Risk of Inaccuracy Due to Immigrants’ Reluctance to Participate

Posted on: 22 Dec 2009

Against an unsettling background of immigration raids and deportations, the U.S. Census Bureau expects to have a hard time convincing close to 12 million undocumented immigrants to take part in its population count next year.

Small Business Employees in New York, Many of Them Immigrants, March to Demand Paid Sick Time

Posted on: 05 Oct 2009

By Maibe Gonzalez Fuentes, FI2W Contributor Hundreds of workers marched over the Brooklyn Bridge last Thursday calling on New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg to support a bill that requires local small businesses to provide paid sick days to employees. The bill would address cases like that of Guillermo Barrera. […]

Immigrants Use Facebook to Connect with Family – and Issues – Back Home

Posted on: 09 Sep 2009

Thousands of Venezuelans living abroad, for example, used Facebook last week to learn about and participate in an international protest against President Hugo Chavez. They set their Facebook status to the demonstration’s slogan: “No Más Chavez” (No More Chavez.) The use of Facebook and other social networks by the Venezuelan opposition had already become so […]

New York Immigrant Advocates Launch Campaign to End ICE’s Presence in Local Jails

Posted on: 27 Aug 2009

By Maibe Gonzalez Fuentes, FI2W contributor Saidah Mohammed, an 18-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, hasn’t seen her boyfriend, Jaun Pierre, for over a year. He’s being detained while he awaits deportation to his native Jamaica, an island he hasn’t visited since his parents brought him to the U.S., settling in Brooklyn some 10 years ago. […]

Diana Maldonado, "The Other Wise Latina," Makes History in Massachusetts' Justice System

Posted on: 19 Aug 2009

By Maibe Gonzalez Fuentes, FI2W Contributor The Latino community of Chelsea, Mass. had twice the reason to celebrate when Judge Sonia Sotomayor was appointed to the Supreme Court. They had recently pushed for and gained the appointment of their own “wise Latina” for the local criminal and civil court. Last month, Gov. Deval Patrick named […]

Immigrant Neighborhoods in New York Continue to Reel From Mortgage Foreclosures and Job Losses

Posted on: 12 Aug 2009

By Maibe Gonzalez Fuentes, FI2W contributor NEW YORK — Four years ago Jorge Guerrero, a 46-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant, realized his dream of buying a house. “They (real estate brokers) served everything on a silver tray for me,” Guerrero recalled in a phone interview in Spanish. “They told me that because my wife and I had […]

Immigrants Protest Napolitano as She Asks the Public to Join Fight Against Terrorism

Posted on: 30 Jul 2009

NEW YORK — More than 30 immigrants and immigrant advocates demonstrated on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Wednesday to protest U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as she visited the Council on Foreign Relations. Napolitano was in New York to announce a new strategy to involve individuals in the fight against terrorism. The demonstration, which ended […]

Immigration Reform Advocates To Protest Against Napolitano in New York Wednesday

Posted on: 28 Jul 2009

NEW YORK — Local immigration activists plan to demonstrate against U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Wednesday morning when she comes to the city to deliver a speech on terrorism, in what may be the first significant protest by presumed Obama administration allies against a member of the president’s cabinet.  (Editor’s note: We previously […]

Change for Domestic Violence Victims May Herald New Stance on Immigration

Posted on: 22 Jul 2009

A change in policy spearheaded by the Obama administration toward victims of domestic violence seeking asylum in the U.S. has anti-domestic violence and immigrant advocates cautiously celebrating. It’s one of a series of actions by the administration that suggest a new approach to immigration laws and has advocates anxious to see what follows The latest […]