by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 5, 2016 4:14 pm
Eliazer asked Eliana Matalon in Spanish how to deal with the memories — of gangs snatching people and killing them in front of him —that he has of trying to get from Guatemala to the United States.
Matalon, a Holocaust survivor, replied in the same tongue: Don’t dwell on them. Focus on getting an education. Improve yourself. Become a good man.
Continue reading ‘Eliana Inspires Eliazer, En Español’
by Lucy Gellman | Feb 4, 2016 7:41 am | Comments (12)
Henniker, N.H. — If elected president, Ted Cruz promised, he will reverse the policies of sanctuary cities and cut all federal funding of any that resist.
Continue reading ‘Ted Cruz Has Plans For New Haven’
by Josiah Brown | Jan 29, 2016 7:00 am | Comments (5)
On Jan. 7, at the Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building in Hartford, my wife (Sahar Usmani-Brown) was among the 55 new U.S. citizens sworn in at a naturalization ceremony.
In her case, it came some 14 years after—having grown up in New Delhi—she received a J-1 visa, which was eventually followed by permanent residency in the U.S.: a “green card.”
Participants had to take an “Oath of Allegiance,” before everyone recited or read the Pledge of Allegiance, as well.
It appeared that, with the possible exceptions of Australia and Antarctica, every continent was represented among the 55 new citizens (eight of whom reportedly requested name changes).
Continue reading ‘An Immigrant Becomes A Citizen’
by Staff | Jan 19, 2016 3:16 pm
The latest broadcasts on WNHH Radio celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy, examined homelessness in Connecticut, made predictions for professional football and basketball and offered an impassioned plea for better environmental legislation.
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by Lucy Gellman | Jan 18, 2016 3:02 pm | Comments (2)
Ute Brinkmann had a realization when she was 18 years old and finishing up years of playing — and falling in love with — the double bass in youth orchestras across her native Germany: She could continue onto the professional level, where the collegiality of younger players gave way for stiff competition and musicians who were physically bigger and stronger than she. Or she could learn how to fix the instruments on which that competition played.
Continue reading ‘A Master Finds A Home’
by Allan Appel | Jan 18, 2016 7:48 am | Comments (1)
When the image of a black Christ filled St. Rose of Lima Church, New Haveners who originally hailed from Guatemala felt a bit more “a la casa”—as if at home.
Continue reading ‘Cristo Negro Warms Up Fair Haven’
by Paul Bass | Jan 14, 2016 4:13 pm | Comments (3)
They wait for the bus in Fair Haven. Cook in a restaurant kitchen. Wash windows. Play soccer in the park. Send money back home.
Continue reading ‘Trump—Then Obama—Inspire Fair Haven Video Appeal’
by Paul Bass | Jan 11, 2016 5:00 pm | Comments (4)
Toni Harp inherited the mayoralty of a “sanctuary city”—and she plans to keep it that way.
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by Paul Bass | Jan 8, 2016 5:18 am | Comments (1)
As New Haven immigration-rights activists scramble to fight a new round of deportations, a leading organizer spoke not just about what’s wrong with our government’s current policies — but about what an ideal federal immigration policy might look like.
Continue reading ‘What If Immigration Advocates Made The Rules?’
by Aliyya Swaby | Jan 6, 2016 3:53 pm | Comments (25)
If federal immigration officials come knocking to seize and deport undocumented immigrants, New Haven police, school and city officials can’t stop them — but they won’t help them, either.
Continue reading ‘“We’re Going To Fight Back”’