Immigrant Tales

The Caravan, Up Close

by Kica Matos | Nov 19, 2018 12:00 pm | Comments (6)

Sam Fulwood photosNew Haven immigrant rights activist Kica Matos traveled to Mexico City to visit with Central American families fleeing north as part of a “caravan” of refugees and migrants.

Three young people. Teenagers. Sitting on the stairs of a stadium, chatting. They could be teenagers chilling on the steps of the New Haven Public Library. Instead, they are young people at the Mixhuca Stadium in Mexico City, traveling on the caravan headed north.

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A Family Separated But Still Together

by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio | Nov 8, 2018 12:59 pm

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio photoFor the past year I have spent countless hours with a New Haven family that seems brought forth by the pages of a Hollywood sitcom, so all-American and wholesome it’s hard to believe they’re not Cold War propaganda. They love each other so ferociously, spend every hour together so joyously, and like each other so genuinely that young people in the community flock to them for a sense of family.

Being around them has provided me so much comfort and genuine joy that my real family has become jealous. You’re about to note the bizarre irony of their jealousy.

The Pinos family is fighting a deportation order that threatens to break their family apart. Many New Haven families have been faced with deportation orders. But here too the Pinos family is unlike the rest.

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by Markeshia Ricks | Oct 12, 2018 7:13 am | Comments (3)

Thomas Breen PhotosPoké is the latest trendy dish to sweep into Downtown New Haven, with the fourth spot in a year about to open.

Three intrepid New Haven Independent reporters went on a mission to find out more about New Haven’s new yen for a bowl of fresh veggies and raw fish.

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