ICE-Abused Immigrant, Jiang Zhen Xing, Wins Asylum

by Mike Liu

A Philadelphia mother, who miscarried twins when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents rushed to deport her from ICE offices to a New York airport. Has won U.S. asylum. Immigration Court Judge Barbara A. Nelson granted her request for political asylum based on China's one-child policy. The same judge had previously denied Ms. Jiang's other asylum appeals.

The Back of the Hand: Vietnamese American Nail Salons

By Diu Hoang

The Vietnamese American community is highly concentrated in the nail salon industry, one of the fastest growing categories of Asian American businesses. Nails magazine estimates that Vietnamese hold 40% of the licenses nationally. Our intern, Diu Hoang, whose family owns a nail salon, offered to describe life in a salon – ed.

The holidays are here.  Everyone wants to look good and pamper themselves.  Customers come in and out of nail salons to get their nails manicured or buy gift certificates for their loved ones. 

Undocumented Immigrants Rights are Immigrants Rights!

by Amee Chew

A historic wave of marches, boycotts, and strikes for immigrant rights, including amnesty and family reunification, has swept the U.S. On May Day, striking workers shut down Los Angeles international airport, and 75,000 Los Angeles middle and high school students were absent from school. The Port of Aztlan in Long Beach, the largest container port of entry in the United States, came to a complete halt. One million people marched in L.A., 700,000 in Chicago, and half a million in NYC.

We Are America

In response to recent legislative developments in the US Senate, immigrant, labor, and faith-based groups in New York are organizing a series of events as part of a national week of action for immigrant rights, from May 14th to the 20th.

The week will culminate with a massive march for justice for immigrants, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition.  The march will proceed down Madison Street in Manhattan on Saturday May 20, 2006 at 2pm.

Stop the Deportation of Spoken Word Artist Thea Som


by Amee Chew

After a brief release from INS custody, Thea Som of Northampton, MA is again at risk of deportation to Cambodia, which has resumed issuing travel documents after a temporary respite. Som is a 24-year-old spoken word artist who has lived in the U.S. since age five. Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, he has never even set foot in Cambodia, which his family fled during the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge.


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