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DREAMers No Longer of One Mind on Immigration Reform

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigrants / Immigration Reform / Latinos / Media / Politics / Radio / WNYC

Originally published on June 27, 2014 on WNYC. June is an exciting month for graduating high school seniors. But for the thousands of young immigrants who lack legal status, graduation day can be a moment of great uncertainty. Undocumented youth have been on the front lines of the struggle for immigrant rights. They call themselves DREAMers to evoke both the proposed federal DREAM Act and a hope that they, too, can achieve the American Dream. […]

A First for New York – Mexican-American Headed to City Council

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Latinos / LGBT / Politics

  Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on September 13, 2013. In an historic local election, Carlos Menchaca is on his way to becoming New York City’s first Mexican-American elected official. Menchaca won Tuesday’s Democratic Primary in Brooklyn’s 38th Council District, scoring an upset victory over three-term incumbent Sara Gonzalez. If he wins the general election in November, the 32-year-old Menchaca will also be the first openly gay member of the City Council from […]

Could Voters in a Heavily Hispanic District Elect the First Arab-American to the New York City Council?

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Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on September 9, 2013.  Zead Ramadan jokingly calls himself a “Dominican Arab.” He plays baseball and speaks fluent Spanish. But as his name suggests he isn’t Latino. Ramadan is the son of Palestinian immigrants who moved from Kuwait to Washington Heights 42 years ago. Ramadan is running in a crowded field of candidates in the Democratic Primary in New York City Council District 7. If elected he would […]