Friday, September 4, 2009

This Week's Immigration News

American Apparel to dismiss 1,500 factory workers
(Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2009)
The employees couldn't prove their immigration status or had problems with their employment records, says the Los Angeles clothing manufacturer and retailer.

Report: Anti-Immigrant Climate Fueling Violence Against Latinos in N.Y. County
(Southern Poverty Law Center, September 2, 2009)
A new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center — Climate of Fear: Latino Immigrants in Suffolk County, N.Y. — documents racially motivated violence against Latinos in the community. SPLC researchers spent months interviewing Latino immigrants, local religious leaders and small business owners for the report.

LoHud Malayalees celebrate the harvest festival, Onam
(, September 2, 2009)
Malayalees in India celebrate Onam over 10 days with family gatherings, traditional dances, new clothes, processions, games, feasts, and colorful snake boat races. The Malayalee diaspora, which includes several thousand living in the Lower Hudson Valley, celebrate it with just as much enthusiasm.

Massachusetts Cuts Back Immigrants’ Health Care
(New York Times, August 31, 2009)
State-subsidized health insurance for 31,000 legal immigrants here will no longer cover dental, hospice or skilled-nursing care under a scaled-back plan that Gov. Deval Patrick announced Monday.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum takes no opinion on these articles but rather encourages open dialogue on topics surrounding immigration.

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