Tag: immigrants in New York

Immigrant advocates protest the Secure Communities program in New York State

Podcast: The Story Behind NY’s Suspension of Secure Communities

What led Governor Andrew Cuomo to pull NY out of the controversial immigration enforcement program? What does New York’s decision mean for the Obama administration’s immigration policies?

Mohammad Asif, a Pakistani immigrant, with a young pigeon chick in Brooklyn (Photo: Mohsin Zaheer)

With an Eye on the Sky, Immigrants Revive Practice of Pigeon Tending in New York

Homing pigeons were once a common sight in the skies over many New York neighborhoods. Fi2W’s Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska produced a radio story for WNYC about a handful of immigrants and native New Yorkers, who keep pigeon flocks today.

Panelists Susan Stamler, Andrew Beveridge, David Dyssegaard Kallick, Bob Hennelly and Errol Louis at July 15 NYCMA election workshop

New York Ethnic Media Gears Up to Cover Fall Campaign

Ethnic media reporters are told they have a crucial role in covering the fall campaign.

Housing Situation Getting Worse For Immigrants, Study Finds

By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor

Washington Heights

Washington Heights, a traditionally immigrant neighborhood in Upper Manhattan.

Immigrants are finding it “harder than ever” to access safe and affordable housing in New York City, says a recent study published by a group of pro-immigrant organizations.

For the study, “Confronting the Housing Squeeze: Challenges Facing Immigrant Tenants, and What New York Can Do,” researchers surveyed 541 immigrant New Yorkers to talk about affordability, housing conditions, access to subsidized housing, and other indicators. The study was conducted by the Pratt Center for Community Development, with the New York Immigrant Housing Collaborative, which includes seven pro-immigrant groups. [You can download a pdf of the report clicking here.]

“Immigrant renters in New York City confront severe challenges finding safe, decent, and affordable housing,” the report said. “…(B)y almost every measure, immigrant tenants face housing problems to a degree much greater than native-born New Yorkers.” According to the report, 37 percent of the city’s population is foreign born.

“… (E)ven as they have brought new energy and investment to neighborhoods, many of these newcomers have ended up in overcrowded, illegal, expensive, or unhealthy living conditions.”