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Immigrants Dilemma: Making Sense of Census 2010

It’s getting down to the wire - today is the last day to mail back the census form. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, every household in the country received a census questionnaire. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. An accurate census reflects changes in our communities and is crucial in apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and deciding how more than $400 billion per year is allocated for projects like new hospitals and ... Read More ›

Helping Haitians Living in the U.S. to Understand Temporary Protected Status

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Haitians residing in the United States are granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, allowing them to legally work in the United States.

Since the terrible tragedy in Haiti, many have sought information about the Haitian community in the United States. According to the American Community Survey 2008 Census Bureau data indicates that out of the 546,000 foreign-born Haitians in the United States,135,836 reside in New York.  It is estimated that there are 75,000 to 125,000 undocumented Haitian immigrants 

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Féraba: African Tap Dance Duet – performance at the St. George Library

Irene Koloseus and Andy Algire played the Balafon, a xylophone type of instrument closely associated with Guinea and with Senegal and The Gambia. Ms. Koloseus challenged Mr. Algire in a competition to follow the beat of her tap dance steps by him playing the Balafon. The audience enthusiastically clapped to the beat of tap and Balafon. Read More ›

New York City Celebrates the 6th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week

From Friday, April 17th to Thursday, April 23rd, 2009, New York City will celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week. Declared an official, annual celebration by Mayor Bloomberg, Immigrant Heritage Week is a unique celebration of the vibrant immigrant cultures, history, and communities found in every corner of the City. In the past years, the celebration began on Monday but this year it starts on Friday, April 17th. Why April 17, you might ask?

April 17, 1907 marks the occasion of Ellis Island 

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