Federal prosecutors notched three more convictions this week of defendants accused of filing false asylum claims for immigrant clients. That brings the total to 30. On Tuesday, a jury in Manhattan federal court found Ling Liu, Vanessa Bandrich, and Rui Yang guilty of conspiracy to commit immigrati ... More >>
Welcome to the land of the free. While we decide whether we feel like deporting you, we've got a cold, dank cell that'll suit you just fine.
Hussein Mohamed took a hard road to America. Born into a minority clan in a nation rife with ethnic conflict, the boyish 24-year-old with gangly limbs and intense brown eyes describes fleeing his village in Somalia in 2012 after gunmen threatened to kill him. Mohamed says he was forced to quit his j ... More >>
For the chance to live in America people walk for days across sprawling desert, traverse thrashing waves in small boats, hand over life savings to men whom they aren't sure they can trust, and do all sorts of other things only desperate people do, including lie about their past. In December 2012, ... More >>
Yesterday dozens of people gathered in front of the Russian Consulate in the Upper East Side to protest the country's homosexual propaganda law, and get rid of any spare Russian vodka that might be clogging their bars. The rally, though contained by the NYPD, was a loud reminder that the country's a ... More >>
There's a bill working its way through Congress that would offer a "path to citizenship" to the sort of immigrants currently known in some circles as illegal. Though its application is general, it's obviously aimed at U.S. guests of the Mexican persuasion, and it only has a chance of passing because ... More >>
It takes balls to stand up to the Mexican cartel
La MaMa hosts Catherine Filloux's new play
On Thursday, the Central American country of Ecuador granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum in its London embassy. The hacktivist leader dashed away from Swedish and British authorities in an effort to shield himself from the ongoing two-year trial of sex charges brought up agains ... More >>
Yes, you read that correctly and, yes, it looks like it could happen. "The man who leaked the world" has Hollywood up in arms and it's not because there is a Cablegate in the works for Tinsel Town. Let's not get our hopes up.According to the Hollywood Reporter, big studio executives are dueling it o ... More >>
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released without bail after the Manhattan D.A.'s office uncovered what are being called serious credibility issues with his accuser, a maid at the Sofitel who alleged that he had sexually assaulted her in a room at the hotel six weeks ago. He denies the allegat ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Refugee camp, Afghanistan. Photo (cc) Tracy Hunter. One the most disastrous and lasting consequences of the Patriot Act of 2001 and its extremely broad definitions of terrorism has been the impact on people seeking asylum in the United States. We wrote about a pretty extreme case last year, in wh ... More >>
Welcome to America, freedom fighter. Now go stuff yourself.
This week in questionable ideas: an INS musical
In Egypt, Africans fleeing a genocide find protection, and little else
Facing Iraq duty, two U.S. G.I.'s head north to seek asylum
Post9-11, Thousands of New York's Pakistanis Leave the U.S. Under Pressure
Operation Liberty Shield Could Mean Years in Jail for Immigrants
'New York Times' Freelancer Languishes in Chinese Jail
The U.S.-Canada 'Smart Borders' Accord Sells Refugees Down the River
Transsexual Christina Madrazo Says She Was Raped by a Guard in an INS Detention Center. Now She's Suing the U.S. for $15 Million.
Scared and Alone, Nearly 5000 Children Wind Up in INS Detention Each Year
INS Crackdowns and Bureaucracy Threaten Americas Tradition as a Nation of Immigrants
Father Claims Daughter Molested, Held Political Prisoner in France
The Arrest of an Immigration Lawyer Charged With Smuggling Turns Up the Heat on the INS
A Kenyan Refugee Recalls Nearly Three Years in INS Detention
Beyond the Buzz
For One Immigrant in Queens, Hunger Strike Continues
Lesbian and Gay Immigrants are Changing New York
Why immigrants have become America's fastest-growing jail population