Friday, November 29th, 2013
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe commemorates what believers say was the day in 1531 that the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an Indian peasant, near Mexico City. The vision is captured in an artist’s rendering of the Virgin Mary known as Guadalupe, and is one of the most important symbols of Catholicism in Mexico.
The feast is a holiday in Mexico, but not in New York, home to an estimated 500,000 people of Mexican heritage. Now the Tepeyac Association is hoping to convince the City Council to approve a recognized day off of work for Mexicans in New York City every Dec. 12. The organization, which provides services to Mexican immigrants, plans to hold a rally after this year’s holiday mass to bring attention to the cause.
The Tepeyac Association is named after the hill near Mexico City where Saint Juan Diego’s sighting believed to have taken place.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Over the past decade, more than 6.6 million people have been naturalized as U.S. citizens. This year has marked a five-year high in the number of naturalized U.S. citizens. Meanwhile, the number of undocumented immigrants has reached an estimated peak of 12.2 million.
Teacher assistant Frank Bussi of P.S. 877 was among 79 people who became naturalized citizens at a ceremony on Nov. 22. Bussi, who was born in the Dominican Republic, hopes the path to citizenship becomes more open for his fifth-grade students and future generations.
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
The number of immigrants seeking political asylum has more than doubled since 2012, according to Department of Homeland Security data. After reaching a deal to re-open the government, President Obama said, “We still need to pass a law to fix our broken immigration system before this year is out.”
Relatives of detained Mexican immigrants seeking asylum rallied in front of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Manhattan office in search of help for their loved ones and immigration reform.