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My father, who had a degree in engineering in Bosnia, now works as a doorman. I remember going on a walk with him around Morris Park in the Bronx when I was 18 years old. He stopped and said to me, "I do a job that I do not love, in a country that does not understand me, but I do it all for you. I might not have a lot of money, but...
“I’m an immigrant and a refugee, you fucking mook!!!” Those were the last words I texted a childhood friend who was defending his decision to vote for Trump. This guy and I once smoked pot together, hit on girls together, and drank massive amounts of booze together, all growing up in south Brooklyn. We made all kinds of hopped up plans together. We vowed to change the world while under the influence. My buddy has...
I’m sitting in offices of Frenkel, Hershkowitz & Shafran on 37th Street in Manhattan, which comfortingly look and smell of manila, trying to make the most of my lucky audience with what seems like one of the city’s busiest law offices. While immigration law hasn’t changed much in recent years, David Frenkel tells me, Texas-based U.S. bureaucrats responsible for approving (and increasingly, denying) visas have imposed increasingly restrictive interpretations on existing laws. “It’s become...
On January 29, 2017, hundreds of people packed into Gourmet Sweets, a local Pakistani restaurant located in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. Gourmet Sweets was the site of an emergency meeting organized by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of the Ninth Congressional District and her staff. According to one restaurant employee, about 400 people were in attendance. “Protect Yourself and Your Family From Donald Trump's Anti-Muslim Executive Order” sought to address the immigration executive order that...

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