Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

US Congressman Gregory Meeks speaks out – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine – 2 articles

Congressman Meeks: Why I Boycotted the State of the Union!

Gregory Meeks

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

“We cannot stop the emigration of peoples of color into the United States of America,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks at a Town Hall meeting in Queens. The notice may have been short but the lines were long to listen to the Congressman.

“We cannot stop the emigration of peoples of color into the United States of America,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks at a Town Hall meeting in Queens. The notice may have been short but the lines were long to listen to the Congressman.

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Canada will officially recognize the International Decade for People of African Descent

UN Initiative www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/

Prime Minister announces that the Government of Canada will officially recognize the International Decade for People of African Descent

Ottawa, Ontario – January 30, 2018

The Government of Canada is committed to build a better, more inclusive country that recognizes the contributions of all, and creates better opportunities for more Canadians.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the Government of Canada will officially recognize the International Decade for People of African Descent. This Decade, which spans from 2015 to 2024, is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the important contributions people of African descent have made to Canadian society.      Continue reading

THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE: Implications for the Caribbean Diaspora – By Lear Matthews

THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CARIBBEAN DIASPORA

Lear Matthews

By Lear Matthews

The recent media-saturated conversation about immigration has evoked widespread opinions and emotions, but the motivation and consequences that emerge are not new. Essentially, those who advocate a restrictionist view typify a throwback to a time when the nation was gripped by nativist and xenophobic practices.

The Immigration Act of 1924 was a response to anti-immigration attitude in the U.S. Today, what has been a topic of some national importance has become a simmering social issue churned by politics, economics and sentiments related to ethnocentric ideals. Added to this is the emergence of pernicious assumptions about race and ethnicity. Not to mention the fact that both Republican and Democratic politicians treat immigration like a political ‘football’ or ‘hot potato’.       Continue reading

I come from a “shit-hole” – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Wahoo Bay Beach - Haiti
Wahoo Bay Beach – Haiti

It is so easy to disparage others when we are in a privileged position of wealth and power. In such positions, we can lose touch with our shared fragility as human beings. We can forget that the labor of millions of invisible human beings sustains our lives. Immersed in our comforts and luxuries, we can believe we belong to an invincible special breed.

In October 2017, I featured the work of the young immigrant Salvadoran poet, Javier Zamora, who holds a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) now up for review by our Congress. Following that post, another Salvadoran immigrant, who blogs under the name Koyote the Blind, started following my blog. Our president’s disparaging remarks about his country has struck a deep wound.

Ruins of Tazumal - El Salvador
Ruins of Tazumal – pre-Columbian Mayan archeological site in Chalchuapa – El Salvador

In his blog post, “I come from a…

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Fewer family visas approved as Trump toughens vetting of immigrants

Fewer family visas approved as Trump toughens vetting of immigrants

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is ramping up calls on the U.S. Congress to stop legal immigrants from sponsoring extended family members who want to move to the United States, saying so-called “chain migration” poses a threat to national security.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Even without legislative action, however, the number of immigrants approved for family-based visas has dropped this year to the lowest level in more than a decade, a Reuters review of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data shows. The drop has not been previously reported.

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Guyana needs an enlightened immigration policy – commentary

Guyana needs an enlightened immigration policy

Guyana needs to improve its immigration policies. Persons coming into Guyana do not feel welcome. They are made to feel that the country is doing them a favour by allowing them in. Guyana needs a friendly environment for its visitors.

The faces of our immigration officers are not very friendly. Sometimes they make you have second thoughts about coming to Guyana. But their job is difficult and the pay is poor, and therefore the service tends, generally, to be lousy.   Continue reading

Transaqua: The Project that Can Transform Africa – video

Transaqua: The Project that Can Transform Africa

LaRouchePAC Videos  –  Published on Sep 5, 2017
Meet the Transaqua Project, a plan to replenish Africa’s dwindling Lake Chad, and bring the 30 million people who live in the Lake Chad basin, into the 21st century. The project, many decades in the making, is now moving forward, thanks in large part to a commitment from China.

Why race in Brazil is a confusing, loaded topic – 2 videos

Why race in Brazil is a confusing, loaded topic

The Globe and Mail  –  Published on Aug 5, 2015
Jessica says she’s black. Her cousin says she’s white. Stephanie Nolen spends time with one family to find out just how complicated race in Brazil can be.
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Citizenship in the Caribbean: The five citizenship-by-investment programmes

Citizenship in the Caribbean: The five citizenship-by-investment programmes

Map of the Caribbean  – click to enlarge

By Yulia Kozhevnikova

: A review of citizenship-by-investment programmes in the Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia
 By Yulia Kozhevnikova

Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the strongest Atlantic storms in history, caused massive destruction in the Caribbean. To support recovery efforts, Caribbean governments have already begun raising funds. In September, St Kitts and Nevis approved a new citizenship-by-investment programme. From 23 September 2017 to 31 March 2018, investors will be able to get citizenship by donating $150,000 to the Hurricane Relief Fund.     READ MORE

Brooklyn community benefits from citizenship initiative – By Tangerine Clarke

Brooklyn community benefits from citizenship initiative

Photo: Sen. Kevin Parker (second left) and State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte (fourth left) with staff and volunteers of the CUNY Citizenship Now! initiative.

By Tangerine Clarke

A wide-cross section of Brooklyn residents came out in high numbers to take full advantage of services offered at the free annual CUNY Citizenship Now! Initiative, hosted by Sen. Kevin Parker on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Flatbush YMCA.    Continue reading

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