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Immigrants Protest Against Budget Cut on ESL Services

World Journal, news, Posted: Jun 13, 2009

NEW YORK Immigration and human rights organizations went to City Hall on Monday to protest budget cuts that will eliminate English language classes. The World Journal reports that 1.2 million immigrants living in the city have limited English language skills, but the two major English learning services in the city Immigrant Opportunities Initiative and Adult Literacy Initiative--will both be canceled because of budget cut. Anthony Ng, of the United Neighborhood Houses, said the cuts will be a blow to the Chinese community. Qiying Zhou and Zhongzhu Ma, who are working at a clothing factory, said the factory asked them to work fewer hours because of the recession. They plan to spend more time learning English, which they expect to help them get another job.



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