Monday, April 13, 2015

Immigrants In NYC: More Mexicans And Fewer Italians

Marchers make their way down Fifth Avenue during the 67th annual Columbus Day Parade on October 10, 2011 in New York City. Angelo Vivolo is the president of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which organizes the parade each year. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In New York City, 60 percent of residents are immigrants or children of immigrants, according to the city’s planning department. One of the fastest growing groups is Mexicans, and one of the fastest shrinking groups is Italians.

Here & Now’
s Jeremy Hobson discusses some of the issues and challenges facing Mexican and Italian immigrants with Eduardo Penaloza and Angelo Vivolo.

Penaloza is the executive director of Mixteca, a nonprofit focused on providing services to Mexican and Latin American immigrants. He was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. in his 30s. Before Mixteca, he worked for the Mexican consulate in New York City.

Vivolo is the president of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Italian-American culture. The group organizes New York City’s annual Columbus day parade. Vivolo is a first-generation Italian American.