ICE officials grant Union City man extension on deportation order
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials granted a Union City resident a 60-day extension on his deportation order Friday morning. Catalino Guerrero, 59, an immigrant from Mexico, has been fighting for a permanent stay since officials ordered him deported a few years ago.
His case comes during a tumultuous time in immigration procedures. Donald Trump has vowed to crack down on undocumented immigrants throughout the country. In January, he issued an executive order cutting federal funding to cities that openly shield non-criminal, undocumented immigrants--called "sanctuary cities." He recently said he would be open to comprehensive immigration reform.
Guerrero, who arrived in the U.S. in 1991 for better economic opportunities, has no criminal record. He also owns a house in Union City.
During his hearing in Newark Friday, Guerrero also filed for a stay of removal that would allow him to remain in the country for six more months. ICE has repeatedly granted Guerrero such stays in the past, as long as he checked in periodically. They will make a determination on his request during his extension.
"What I feel is that I don't see why they couldn't have granted him the stay on Friday,” said Richard Morales, an immigration policy director for PICO National Network. He, along with Guerrero's family, politicians, and clergymen, accompanied Guerrero to the immigration building.
"Nothing has changed in Catalino's life," Morales added. The case is also putting a strain on Guerrero's health; he suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems, Morales said, and was in the hospital twoweeks ago.
Guerrero will have to report to ICE officials again on May 22.
Oritani Bank collecting and matching donations for Union City fire victims
Oritani Bank, headquartered in the Township of Washington, recently announced that it will be collecting and matching donations to assist the victims of the devastating fire in Union City (see cover story).
The incident took place on March 4 and claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy, in addition to severely injuring his father and leaving many families without homes. The blaze ravaged through several buildings including the steeple of Saints Michael and Joseph Church causing numerous families, most with children, to lose all their belongings. These families are facing numerous difficulties during this dreadful time. Oritani Bank will match all cash donations up to a total of $10,000.
Monetary donations can be delivered in person to:
Oritani Bank, 4200 Bergenline Avenue, Union City, NJ 07087
Name of the Account: CITY OF UNION CITY FIRE VICTIMS FUND. OR directly mail or bring in your monetary donations to: City of Union City, C/O: City of Union City Fire Victims, 3715 Palisade Avenue – 3rd floor, Union City, NJ 07087.
U.S. premiere of ‘Ameluk’ to be presented in Union City
On Saturday, April 8, 7 p.m., the 2017 NoHu International Film Festival will present the U.S. premiere of “Ameluk,” a film by Mimmo Mancini. This free event, presented in Italian with English subtitles, takes place at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Blvd., Union City.
In the film, it’s Good Friday in a small town in Italy, and everything is ready for the re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross. But Michele, scheduled to play Jesus, sits on the crown of thorns and is sidelined. Ameluk is then volunteered by the local priest to step in and play the part of Christ. Just one problem – he is Muslim.
The news spreads and public opinion is divided. Ameluk also finds himself running for the mayor’s office. As the story mixes drama and comedy, it will become Ameluk’s job to unite the two sides again.
The film stars Mimmo Mancini, Rosanna Banfi, and Paolo Sassanelli.
For more information, including sites where free transportation will be available, visit http://www.unioncitypac.com.
Hudson Chamber offers small business workshops
The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will expand its educational offerings with the introduction of a series of small business workshops on Wednesday, March 22. “Introduction to Franchising” is the first of a series of four workshops to be offered this spring in partnership with the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation and the Union County Economic Corporation. The small business workshops are free and open to the public.
“With a growing number of start-ups and small businesses choosing to make Hudson County their home, the chamber is expanding our educational offerings and focusing on topic areas we believe are highly relevant for business owners,” said Maria Nieves, the chamber’s president and CEO. “We look forward to partnering with both the Hudson County and Union EDC’s, both incredibly well regarded organizations with track records of supporting local businesses, to make these workshops available at various locations in the county.”
Upcoming small business workshops take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: “Introduction to Franchising,” March 22, at Hudson County Plaza·
“Basics of Intellectual Property for Small Businesses and Start-Ups,” April 19, at Hudson County Plaza·
“QuickBooks 101,” May 10, at North Bergen Public Library·
“The How-To’s of Pricing Your Products and Services,” June 7, Kearny Public Library·
For more information about these workshops, please call (201) 386-0699 x 220 or visit the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce website: www.hudsonchamber.org.
‘Folklife’ ensemble to appear at UBS Atrium Series
Juno Award winner Jayme Stone will be featured next at The UBS Atrium Series. The concert will take place on Wednesday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium, 1000 Harbor Boulevard, in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken. The concert is free and open to the general public, and part of a series co-sponsored by the Hudson Reporter.
In recent years, banjoist and composer Jayme Stone has focused his considerable energy on the wealth of music discovered by the pioneering folklorist and field music engineer Alan Lomax. He now presents his latest musical exploration, Jayme Stone’s Folklife, which evolved out of the Lomax Project.
This unique musical collaboration brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music. It blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears.
Repertoire for this concert may include sea island spirituals, stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes, Bahamian sea chanties, Creole calypsos, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners, and homemakers.
For directions and more information, please check the HRPAC website - www.hrpac.org - or call the concert hotline at (201) 716-4540.