Syrian American Artist Recreates Home

Nov 16, 2015
By Cassandra Basler

By day, Syrian-American Mohamad Hafez designs skyscrapers made of steel and glass. By night, the architect recreates the streets of his home country out of plaster and found objects. Hafez said he wants to preserve the culture of a country that’s been torn apart by civil war.

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A new study says the immigrant population on Long Island makes up about a fifth of its economic output.

The study was released this month by the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York, a nonpartisan economic policy think tank.

David Dyssegaard Kallick, a Senior Fellow with the institute, said the study details how immigrants contribute to Long Island's economy.

Kaomi Goetz

This fall's official enrollment numbers will this year include an enrollment jump of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America. Federal authorities say nearly 400 children have been detained and released to relatives in the state so far this year. One school district in Fairfield County has started a new arrivals center to address these new students. 

Connecticut officials have rejected a federal request to temporarily house up to 2,000 immigrant children from Central America at a mostly-vacant facility built for developmentally disabled adults.

Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Democrats  approved  the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.