In Washington Sept. 12, 2017, Haiti’s U.S. Ambassador Paul Altidor and Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) hosted a dinner with other Democrats to craft a new strategy aimed at convincing the White House to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitians.
This week, we conclude our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 8: Green card through registry.
This week we continue our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 5: Green card as a human trafficking and crime victim.
This week we continue our series on getting permanent residency or a green card in Trump’s America with Option 4: Green card through refugee or asylee status.
This week we continue our series on getting a permanent residency or green card in Trump’s America with Option 3: Green card as a special immigrant.
This week we continue our series on getting a permanent residency or green card in Trump’s America with Option 2: Green card through employment.
Under the current Donald Trump administration, legal status or a green card for any immigrant has become a prized possession.
Unable to pass a repeal of Obamacare in the Senate because of a rift in their own caucus, the GOP and the Donald Trump administration have turned back to their favorite pasttime—scapegoating immigrants.
Just when you thought being arrested and detained as an immigrant was bad enough, a new lawsuit sheds light on the nightmare that is the entire immigration detention system.
My granny always told me to be grateful for small things.
A random check of the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement site will show that Donald Trump’s ICE men and women are seemingly focused on rounding up those “bad hombres,” or criminal immigrants who have committed major crimes such as murders, rapes etc.—much like Trump and his White House minions claim.
Just when you thought you had heard of all the scams you need to be wary of—from the Jamaica lotto scam to the IRS scam—along comes another!
Mark July 22, 2017, on your calendar. It is the day the 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status granted to qualified Haitian immigrants under the Obama administration will end.
The disparity has always been huge in how Latin American leaders stand up for their diaspora versus their Caribbean counterparts. It’s almost like Jesus and the moneychangers.
Governments, especially those in Latin America and the Caribbean, had better quickly put in place systems to deal with more criminal deportees from the U.S.
For those who feel not being an undocumented immigrant or a green card holder leaves them safe as a U.S. citizen from Donald Trump’s executive powers handed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents—think again!
Growing up in the Caribbean, it was not uncommon for me to hear elders say, “If you can’t hear you will feel” or “Hard ears you won’t hear; hard ears you must feel.”
John Dalberg-Acton wrote, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Feb. 22, 2017, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, two Indian immigrants enjoying an after-work whiskey at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kan., were shot—one dead—by Adam W. Purinton, a white man who hurled ethnic slurs at them and suggested they did not belong in the United States.
In Donald Trump’s universe, aka his mind, there is no doubt that his “Great Border Wall” will keep out all “bad hombres” from the U.S.—at least at the southern border.
Feb. 9, 2017, a 36-year-old woman became the first known immigrant to be detained and deported by the Donald Trump administration.
Fear and concern are palpable in the immigrant community and rightfully so.
The thing we feared has come upon us!
Long before John Lewis and 60-plus Democratic lawmakers decided they would not attend the inauguration of El Trumpeto as president of the United States, I had decided there was no way I would watch the launch of the country’s biggest soap opera, the new D.C. Reality TV show!
In a matter of days, the administration of El Trumpeto will become the dreaded reality for many Americans.
It’s just gotten more expensive to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Happy New Year immigrants!
Immigration columnist Felicia Persaud pens an open letter to Donald Trump.
The word “con” in the dictionary is defined as “persuade(ing) (someone) to do or believe something, typically by use of a deception” or “an instance of deceiving or tricking someone.”
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been called a lot of things, including racist and anti-immigrant.
Those proactively seeking ways to stop Donald Trump from officially becoming president of the United States in January have turned to a decree written by a man who is undoubtedly America’s greatest undocumented immigrant.
For those, including Donald Trump, who believe the fear rising in Black and Brown America is unjustified—think again!
As an immigrant woman who has lived in America for the past 20 years, the fear and trepidation I have felt throughout this election at the thought of Donald Drumph—I mean Trump—becoming president, became a harsh reality for me Nov. 9.
By the time this column is published, U.S. voters would have chosen the next president of the United States.
With just days now before Election Day 2016, Nov. 8, it has become crystal clear to me as an immigrant and a naturalized U.S. citizen and voter that the choice in this election is not only about the candidate who is best able to serve as a president for all the people right now, but also about the candidate who can assure that I can safely continue to live in this country.
Last Friday, I had a surprise run-in with someone who can be categorized as one of Donald Trump’s ‘deplorables.’
In light of Donald Trump’s hot mic debacle, aka “Pussygate,” the spotlight has been put squarely —as it should—on the issue of sexual assault and misogyny.
This election is possibly the most critical election of most of our lifetimes. Any immigrant not voting, or missing this opportunity to vote, could mean handing a tax cheat, a sexist pig, a demagogue, a xenophobe and an ignoramus the chance to set this country back decades.
In the days leading up to the U.S. presidential debate of Sept. 26, 2016, I was left speechless by the announcement from a group of Black Haitian immigrants in Miami, and later Jamaican reggae singer Etana, that they were voting for the racist xenophobe who has sadly emerged as the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential contender.
For once there is some good news to report on the immigration front—an option that could help, not harm immigrants, especially those with the entrepreneurial spirit.
Although many—myself included—frown, chastise, deride and scoff at the stereotyping and bigotry being spewed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump towards Muslims and immigrants, the harsh reality is that stereotyping by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents is happening daily at our borders.
In the days since Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, stood up and bravely called out Donald Trump for his racism, narcissism and bigotry, Trump and the right wing have come out in shameful attack mode against this patriotic immigrant, Muslim and American.
At a time when the entire United States is looking on at the clear lack of diversity in the Republican Party—not even the handful of Blacks and Latinos brought out to save face at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, could help—the conservative Washington Times has decided to attack Spanish-language media.
Just when you thought Team Donald Trump could not be more divisive, along comes the announcement of ultra-conservative Christian Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as the vice presidential running mate.
Get those citizenship applications in now if you qualify, or get ready to shell out more in fees to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services. Fees for more than three dozen immigration applications are set to go up again by this fall. The Department of Homeland Security recently closed its comment period on the proposed fee changes.
On July 4, as the United States marked its 240th birthday—the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776—the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services celebrated thousands of new citizens all across the country.
I must confess that I was brought to tears by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on immigration June 23, 2016.
In the days since June 12, 2016, a lot has been said of the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
This June marks the 10th anniversary of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States.
During his run for the office of president in 2008, Barack Obama promised comprehensive immigration reform and immigrants responded in droves. At the time of his victory, Democrats controlled Congress—both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
A new study has found that immigrant children living in the U.S., who are undocumented or without legal status, have been blocked from registering for school and accessing the educational services.