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by Borderstan.com — October 24, 2011 at 10:00 am 0

17th Street NW, Cobalt, Luis Gomez Photos

17th and R Streets NW: COBALT celebrated its 10-year anniversary Saturday with a plethora of entertainment and a very-big spotlight truck. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Email him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

You Can’t Beat the Price!

In case you missed the official announcement, the Dunkin’ Donuts at 14th and U Streets NW is open! And according to DCist, they’re giving out free medium coffee to everyone who visits through October 30, so get it while you can.

Good News for Drivers!

Amidst some things that nobody likes about our local government, the District has finally moved to a system that allows you to pay for parking from your phone! Greater Greater Washington reveals that there are now apps that you can use on your smartphone to pay, using the posted sign to give you the important number that identifies your particular spot.

Good News for Immigrants!

And speaking of the government taking a stand, according to Washington City Paper, Mayor Gray signed an executive order saying that DC Police won’t share information about arrestees’ immigration status with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. WCP points out that the FBI could still forward information over, but it’s still something for immigrant rights.

by Borderstan.com — May 5, 2010 at 11:00 am 0

Luis Gomez Photos White House immigration protest Borderstan

May 1: About 35 people were arrested in front of The White House as they protested the recently passed Arizona immigration law. (Luis Gomez Photos)

We thought it would be interesting to see what percentage of Borderstan readers are immigrants. Immigration is back in the news cycle after Arizona passed a law related to illegal immigrants in late April, which led to protests near The White House on Saturday. Moreover, Congress may address immigration reform this year, and yesterday the DC Council weighed in on the Arizona law.

Our neighborhood is a diverse section of a diverse city that is part of a diverse metro area in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and national origin. In addition, part of the region’s diversity lies in its large immigrant population with the DC metro area being a preferred U.S. destination for immigrants.

A 2006 estimate put the number of immigrants at one million in a metro-area population of 5.1 million, almost 20%. In DC, there are an estimated 75,000 immigrants out of 600,000 people, about 13%. These numbers compare to the U.S. population where a 2007 estimate put the number of foreign-born at 37 million, about 12% percent of the population.

The poll is below the fold.

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