Maryann Sinclair Slutsky

Maryann Sinclair Slutsky is the executive director of Long Island Wins, a communications organization promoting common-sense policy solutions to local immigration issues. The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the publisher or Anton Media Group.

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Living In A Global Village

Though Jaiyeola Lasbat, of Great Neck, could have lived a comfortable life in England or even in his homeland of Nigeria, he chose to embark on a journey that would take him to a destination...

Arriving By Chance, Thriving By Determination

When Cesari Iman first arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Turkey in 2008, he had just enough to get by, settling in East Northport with some friends who were already living here. “I don’t have...

American In Every Way: A Dreamer’s Dream

Kevin Berrezueta is a 23-year-old senior at Baruch College majoring in international business, lives in Roslyn, was an honor student in high school, worked at Diane’s Bakery, is a loving son—and a DACA recipient. DACA, Deferred...

Finding A New Dream And A New Home

For a young David Chulwoo Lee, his colleagues joked that he had missed the economic boom of the 1980s by the time he arrived in New York City from Korea. However, Lee decided to create...

From Lima To Long Island: A Winding Path Of Growth

For 27-year-old Angel Reyes, an immigrant from Lima, Peru, shattering stereotypes about Long Island immigrants is part of his daily routine. It’s been a winding and arduous journey for Reyes, an entrepreneur, as well as a...

Kabul To Jericho: A Refugee’s Journey

Fauzia Sikander was an architecture student at a university in Kabul when Russia invaded Afghanistan in 1979. At the time, her father was working in the import/export business in the United States. The political situation in...

Making Long Island A More Welcoming Community

Raju Rajan and Sonia Arora first made Port Washington their home in 2011, along with their young son, Kabeera. Arora is a teaching artist, doing residencies in local schools focusing on literature, oral history and...

Success Comes At Young Age For One Honduran Immigrant

When Nelson Melgar turned 13, his family made the difficult decision to leave their home and fledgling coffee business in Honduras to come to the United States. Like many Central American immigrants, they were very...

Pakistani Professor Proves Immigrants Are An Asset

Dr. Shaireen Rasheed came to Long Island in 1987 with her parents and two sisters, and settled in suburban Smithtown. Born in Pakistan, Rasheed was raised mostly in the United Arab Emirates and England. Smithtown...

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