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New York Haitian Leaders Head to Texas Border to Help Migrants in Crisis

Driven by images of immigration agents on horseback chasing asylum seekers, Brooklyn Councilmember Farah Louis and Council hopeful Rita Joseph gave comfort — and supplies — to migrants. Louis called the trip a "mission that God gave me."

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Afghan New Yorkers Spring Into Action as Humanitarian Crisis Grows

The fall of Kabul has Afghans in New York mobilizing to help their families back home — along with any compatriots who may soon find themselves in the city. Some of the first refugees arrived at Kennedy Airport this week.

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Hochul’s Past Push to Arrest Immigrants Resurfaces as She Readies to Replace Cuomo

The governor-to-be says she’s "evolved" since fighting driver’s licenses for undocumented New Yorkers. Advocates for immigrants say they’ll be watching how she wields her power to judge how much she’s changed.

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National Battle for Citizenship Path Marches Through New York City

A national alliance of Temporary Protected Status holders sees New York and its politicians as a pressure-point in the fight for citizenship for immigrants temporarily allowed to live and work here due to turmoil in their home countries.

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Biden Expands Protections for Thousands of Haitians in New York and Beyond

The White House is expected Tuesday to boost Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the U.S. amid upheaval sparked by the assassination of the country’s president. One Brooklyn man called the Biden move "a gift from God."

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COVID Vaccination Tourists Flock From Colombia to New York to Get Their Shot at Safety

Colombians and other South Americans with ties to New York and the ability to scrape up enough money to travel are coming here amid vaccine shortages in their home countries. One man even got to finally meet his father.

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NYC Translation Law Often Ignored, at High Human Cost in the COVID Era

Nonprofit groups say a 2017 law requiring translations of key documents into 10 languages isn’t being followed by all city agencies, including the city health department.

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Corona, Queens, Still Staggers to Recover From Corona, the Virus

While much of New York City springs into hopeful reopening buoyed by widespread vaccination, survivors at the pandemic’s epicenter contend with ongoing economic and emotional traumas. Just ask the vendors in Corona Plaza.

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Declining Immigration Threatens New York’s COVID Comeback

Census stats show a steady drop in the city’s immigrant presence, dating back before the Trump years. The trend could jeopardize the city’s magnetism for newcomers — and its power to propel itself out of crisis.

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Meet Your Mayor: Immigration

See which candidates for NYC mayor agree with you most on immigration.

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What Happens When a New York City Landlord Threatens to Call ICE?

THE CITY talked to some experts and got the answer to this common reader question. We found tenants have rights, regardless of immigration status.

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After Years in Limbo, NYC Immigrants See Hope in Biden Plan to Help Make Temporary Stays Permanent 

Roughly 25,000 immigrant New Yorkers with temporary protected status could secure a pathway to citizenship under a new immigration plan proposed by the new administration. One local lawmaker urges quick action.

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New Yorkers Celebrate Biden’s End to Trump’s ‘Muslim’ Travel Ban and Rally for More Change

Hopes for broader immigration reform rise as restrictions on visits from Yemen, Iran, Syria and other nations dissolve by order of the new president. Families are now planning reunions.

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What’s at Stake for New Yorkers, No Matter Who Wins the Presidential Election

The city and state’s future hinge on billions in pandemic stimulus funds, a transit bailout, extended unemployment help, protections for renters and immigrants — and more.

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New Citizens Cast First Votes in NYC After Getting Sworn in Just Ahead of Buzzer

Naturalizations ground to a halt when immigration offices shut for months due to the pandemic. But some applicants broke through with only days to spare before the voter-registration deadline — while others lament they were denied their shot.

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Aspiring Citizens Get Court’s Reprieve on Scheduled Naturalization Fee Increase

Immigration lawyers hail ruling blocking hefty Trump administration cost hikes but say applicants shouldn’t wait to get their paperwork in. Some are still hoping to vote on Nov. 3.

Immigrant Corona Residents Lean on Relief Organizations — and Each Other

New Yorkers in the hard-hit working-class Queens neighborhood turn to organizations and community as they battle hunger and seek a return to work.

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State Stiffs Immigration Lawyer Fund Cuomo Once Lauded as ‘Beacon of Hope’

Nearly 80 nonprofit organizations are demanding answers after being told that past work for providing free legal representation in immigration cases would not be paid for.

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Homeless Shelter Staff Mistakenly Trash Immigrant Athlete’s Wheelchairs

Saheed Adebayo Aare says he was placed in an inaccessible hotel. When he returned to Wards Island, two wheelchairs — including one for tennis — were gone.

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Families Struggle to Send Lost Loved Ones Home to Mexico Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Final-wish homeland burials in Mexico and other countries are complicated by high costs and complex logistics — forcing agonizing waits for New Yorkers reeling from grief.