Author: Felipe De La Hoz

  • In a New Show, Immigrant Artists Reckon With the Plight of Displacement

    It’s a bit of a sad axiom that tragedy often precedes creativity and artistic creation. War, famine, disease, they’ve all served as the backdrop for centuries’ worth of innovation and reinvention in art, serving to simultaneously channel the desperation of the artist’s circumstances and help shape and recontextualize those circumstances going forward. These days, displacement […]

  • America Under Threat

    The overheated media circus that is the annual State of the Union address isn’t one of those solemn traditions perverted by our current reality-show existence; rather, the whole affair has, for over a century now, been a largely cosmetic exercise in partisan bravado from both the president and the opposing party. Sweeping policies are confidently […]

  • Schumer’s Shutdown Deal Draws Criticism from DACA Advocates

    All politics is about backroom negotiations and horse-trading: There’s always a carrot or a stick to force through legislation and keep the country chugging along. On Monday, immigration activists watched in dismay as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appeared to surrender his caucus’ biggest stick in the fight over the fate of roughly 700,000 members […]

  • Speaker Front-Runner Corey Johnson Seeks “Seismic Impact”

    When the New York City Council votes on its new Speaker tomorrow, to replace term-limited Melissa Mark-Viverito, it’s now expected that Councilmember Corey Johnson will be the winner. Johnson, who represents a swath of western Manhattan from Hell’s Kitchen to the West Village, appears to have won the support of the powerful Queens and Bronx Democratic organizations, […]

  • Legal Aid Lawyers Stage Walkout After Yet Another ICE Court Arrest

    ICE vs Legal Aid arrest showdown

    Chaos erupted at Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday morning after agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement snatched a defendant in the hallway, prompting a walkout by public defenders and accusations from court officers that Legal Aid attorneys had physically attacked them. Genaro Rojas Hernandez, thirty, was in court to face charges of violating a restraining […]

  • Did Mathieu Eugene Break Electioneering Laws?

    For most New York City Council incumbents, election day was largely predictable and uneventful, with all but one councilmember running for re-election settling in for another four years. (Queens councilwoman Liz Crowley was narrowly defeated by challenger Bob Holden.) Yet for many voters in Brooklyn’s District 40 — which includes parts of Flatbush and Prospect […]

  • Court Officers Are Aiding in Immigration Arrests, Say Lawyers

    Ishmael Garcia-Velasquez wore a suit and tie to Brooklyn Criminal Court on Tuesday morning. The 35-year-old father has made routine appearances over the past seven months on petit larceny and misdemeanor assault charges, according to his lawyer. But this time, after yet another adjournment, plainclothes agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement handcuffed Garcia-Velasquez outside of the […]

  • Former Council Intern Sets Sights on Speaker’s Chair

    Since the November 7 general election, all eyes are shifting in one direction: the New York City Council, whose members new and old must pick their next Speaker as term-limited Melissa Mark-Viverito departs. There’s a whole lot of intrigue in the wrangling for the seat, as party bosses play coy and candidates dangle committee chairmanships […]

  • Why Don’t We Let Noncitizen Residents Vote?

    New York has long suffered from abysmal voter turnout, and this election cycle so far hasn’t provided much cause for optimism. Hopes of a post-Trump voter engagement bump in the September primaries were dashed as 14 percent of registered Democrats turned out for the only contested mayoral primary, the lowest percentage since 2009. Primaries have […]

  • Immigrants Tell Trump: We Won’t Trade Our Freedoms

    After weeks of fraught negotiations, the fate of a potential legislative replacement for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program still hasn’t been resolved, leaving the hundreds of thousands of undocumented Americans previously shielded by the program in a state of legal limbo as its March 5 termination date approaches. The possibility of a compromise with […]