JHISN Newsletter 04/08/2023

We offer two stories this week of immigrant justice struggles here in New York City. First, we report on Mayor Adams’ betrayal of a hard-won agreement between street vendors and look at the brewing battle for a fair and equitable 2024 NYC budget.  And, with grief and outrage, we mark the deaths of 39 migrants in a blaze inside a detention center just across the border from El Paso, Texas, on March 27. Read More

JHISN Newsletter 03/25/2023

This week’s newsletter is all about the local. The postponement by the Adams administration of a promised wage hike fought for by delivery workers. An update on the new program that allows local groups to sponsor refugees, including here in Jackson Heights. And the statewide campaign to secure health insurance for immigrants.   Read More

JHISN Newsletter 03/11/2023

Our first article covers an under-reported story: the recent legal challenge to new city district maps that split the vibrant South Asian community in South Queens into three separate districts. Our second article takes a deeper look behind a news story on immigration that actually is—for the moment—getting lots of attention: the systematic labor exploitation of unaccompanied child migrants.  Read More

JHISN Newsletter 02/25/2023

We report this week on a new federal program to reorganize the sponsorship of refugees in the US, The ‘Welcome Corps’. At the same time, we highlight the current migrant emergency in NYC as tens of thousands arrive in the city, many transported as part of a Republican plan to strain resources, undermine asylum-seekers, and embarrass municipal leaders. It’s working.     Read More

JHISN Newsletter 02/11/2023

We report on the ongoing demand for the establishment of an official NYC school holiday to mark Diwali—a major holiday celebrated by many communities here in Jackson Heights. And we highlight the unprecedented number of immigration cases backed up in our dysfunctional US immigration system.  Read More

JHISN Newsletter 01/28/2023

We are excited to bring you news about Damayan—a local immigrant justice group that some of our readers already know well. We also introduce you to public events organized by the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility housed at The New School, with a summary of their recent webinar on US border politics and Biden’s new asylum policy.   Read More