Aswini Anburajan

Aswini Anburajan is a writer for Feet in 2 Worlds, an ethnic media reporting project supported by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School.

Recent Articles

Gay Immigrants Face Another Setback

I wrote earlier this week that immigration activists are taking the same approach as gay rights activists in making a state-by-state push for the Dream Act. The concerns of both these groups dovetailed yesterday in an announcement by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that gay couples who are married cannot apply for permanent residency for their partners, unlike heterosexual couples, The New York Times reports.

Quiet Enforcement With No Real Solution

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration has launched a quiet attack on illegal immigration. The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement division [ICE] has been auditing firms, rechecking employment data. Two companies in recent months, Chipotle and Harvard Maintenance, have laid off around 1,000 workers.

What the Rest of the World Is Watching

Think the Red Sox versus the Yankees at the World Series Final and then times that by a billion. Two nations are at a standstill today as they play for a spot in the finals of the Cricket World Cup. India versus Pakistan has caused schools to be let out early in India -- a nation obsessed with education. People have taken off work, and a friend in Pakistan e-mails to tell me that the local sports stadiums have been opened up to show the matches and are overflowing. Peter Roebuck of ESPN.com writes:

Open-Source Crisis Mapping

The new AT&T T-Mobile merger has raised fears among Internet-privacy folks that further attacks on Net neutrality may be forthcoming. If anything is a testament as to why the Internet should stay free, open, and available to all, its Ushahidi -- a crowd surfacing platform that allows users to input data to create crisis maps; check out this one of disaster areas in Haiti. According to an NPR story about the platform, aid workers rely on it for data.

State-by-State Push for a Dream Act

Three states may not be a watershed, but passage in three states of Dream Act-like bills shows a growing momentum for a national bill that would put the children of illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship if they attend college.

Maryland’s Senate recently passed a bill that would allow undocumented students an opportunity to attend state universities and colleges at in-state tuition rates. Should Maryland’s governor sign the legislation it would become one of 11 states in the country, ranging from Kansas to California, that permit this. In California, a bill that would allow undocumented students to compete for state aid and scholarships is under consideration.

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