Crowds Grow at Dominican Consulate, Amid Confusion Over Immigration Policies | WNYC

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Lines at the Dominican consulate in Times Square have been long. Staff there say in average years, there’s usually about 200 people a day. But in the past month, that’s more than doubled. By mid-morning this week, hundreds of people crowded into the consulate in lines snaking through the hallways.

Patricia Sanchez from Washington Heights was waiting to get her Dominican I.D. She says she’s not too worried, even though fear and confusion continue to grip many immigrant communities across the city as the Trump administration rolls out new policies. Still, she wanted to make sure her papers are in order.

“I know my rights as a U.S. citizen, and even though I was born in the Dominican Republican, I’m a good citizen in the United States, so I don’t think I will have any problems,” she said.

Getting papers in order is exactly what the staff at the consulate recommends. But there are still questions about the polices and what they mean for families. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, who represents New York’s heavily-Dominican 13th district, said he’s been hearing questions like, “What will happen to my kids if I get deported?” or “Will a minor infraction, like jumping a subway turnstile, get me in trouble now?”

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By: Kaity Modesto

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Sandra Vargas is a mother of two living in NYC and identifies as a Dominican York.  Growing up her dad was a custom men’s tailor and ran his business at home. She says fashion runs in her blood and from the looks of it, so does the entrepreneurial spirit. Sandra has a strong love for her Dominican identity and enjoys learning about Latin American History.  Sandra’s blog: http://www.lifesamoda.com/ channels her love for fashion, travel and Cultura. With Dominican Independence day on the horizon, I’m going to share an interview I did with Sandra as well as give you a taste of her Etsy collection.

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Spread Love: One Book, One New York

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Okay folks, you have until February 28th to vote for the book that will kick off the One Book, One New York citywide book club in March. The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment has chosen 5 outstanding titles for the inaugural installment of the book club. We are partial to Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao but you really can’t go wrong with any of the awesome books chosen, which include such stellar reads as Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Sellout by Paul Beatty and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Check out the really cool celebrity endorsements below and then vote.

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Que Rapido Corren Los Carros Por El Ferrocarril

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02/26/17: The N-Word Goes On Trial @ The Apollo Theater

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The Apollo collaborates with creator Kyle Bowser to present Apollo Uptown Hall- Trial By Jury: The Case of the N-Word, an interactive community conversation to investigate one of the most provocative, polarizing, and debated words in America. This dramatically staged program includes a fictional case and the audience serving as a jury to decide the outcome. Special guests including radio personality EMEZ, psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere, comedienne Stephanie McRae, CCNY Black Studies Director Dr. Cheryl Sterling, filmmaker Darryl Stith and writer, TV host and podcaster Touré will join the discussion to explore the word’s historic and current day resonance.

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