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.


Advocates Seek to Put a Female Face on Immigration Ahead of Reform Debate

Posted on: 16 Jul 2009

Unlike in the past, when most immigrants coming to the U.S. were men, the majority of newcomers are now women, according to a recent poll. A panel of high-profile immigration experts and advocates met Wednesday in New York to discuss the policy implications of this change in immigration patterns. (FI2W reported on the poll findings […]

U.S.-Cuban Immigration Talks Resume, Outlook Unclear

Posted on: 15 Jul 2009

By Maibe Gonzalez Fuentes, FI2W contributor After six years of stalled negotiations, the U.S. and Cuba have started talking again about immigration issues affecting the two countries. A meeting held Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York City is the most recent signal from the Obama administration that Washington wants to set a new tone […]

Reversal of Fortunes? In Economic Crisis, Dominican Immigrants in U.S. Receiving Money from Home

Posted on: 18 May 2009

By Maibe González, FI2W contributor The flow of remittances between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. has undergone an interesting change recently, an apparent consequence of the economic recession that has affected many immigrant workers in the U.S. Remittances — funds that immigrants send back to their home countries — are a major source of […]

High Expectations, Low Turn Out at New York Immigration Rally

Posted on: 01 May 2009

By Maibe Gonzalez Fuentes, FI2W contributor About 500 people, many of them immigrants, rallied today at Madison Square Park in Manhattan to call on the federal government to reform the immigration system and legalize the status of about 12 million undocumented workers currently living in the United States. The march was the first of two […]

Immigrant New Yorkers March Today for Immigration Reform

Posted on: 01 May 2009

About a dozen documented and undocumented immigrants showed up yesterday at the Queens, NY office of community organization Make The Road New York, where they painted signs, packed food and coordinated transportation. Some also prepped to speak at one of today’s May Day rallies in Manhattan. A prominent immigrant advocacy organization, Make the Road is […]