Issues: Immigration

January 27, 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

Anti-Illegal Immigration Program, Secure Communities, Stirs Debate In New York

Latin American News Dispatch

by Amy Elmgren

November 29, 2010

A new federal program called Secure Communities makes many residents of New York feel anything but safe.

Piloted in 2008, the policy requires local police to share the fingerprints of everyone they arrest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and to detain and deport those who are here without visas. Secure Communities has been implemented in 33 states and will take effect in New York this fall, unless residents at the state or municipal level are given the choice to opt out.

December 9, 2010

Senator José M. Serrano, Colleagues, and Advocates Stand Up for the Rights of Immigrant Families


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 17, 2010

Contact: Serrano Office: Damaris Olivo | (212) 828-5829 |

November 17, 2010

Immigration Leaders Press Paterson to Revoke Enforcement Program


by Monika Fabian

October 20, 2010

Last May, New York signed on to an immigration enforcement program that allows local police to share with federal authorities the digital fingerprints of anyone arrested in the state. The program -- called Secure Communities -- is designed to find and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes like murder, kidnapping and threats to national security.

“New York has a public safety interest in identifying and deporting serious alien defendants from state prisons and jails,” said John M. Caher, director of public information for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), in a written statement.

November 16, 2010

Community Members Walk for Justice

Queens Courier

by Aisha Al-Muslim

September 21, 2010

More than 500 New Yorkers participated in Make the Road New York’s (MRNY) Walk for Justice, a walkathon to raise money and promote justice for low-income and Latino immigrant communities in the five boroughs.

The walk on Sunday, September 19 started at the Northern Playground on 93rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Corona at 10:30 a.m. The walkers travelled through Elmhurst and Corona, two of the most diverse immigrant neighborhoods in Queens.

October 14, 2010

Concerns Over Secure Communities Program

Queens Courier

by Luisa Garcia

October 13, 2010

More than 80 neighborhood residents and activists expressed their concerns at a community meeting organized by several Queens-based organizations about the new Secure Communities program (S-Comm) directed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The meeting at P.S. 19 in Corona on Wednesday, October 6 focused on S-Comm. Under S-Comm, local law enforcement agencies are required to forward the fingerprints of every arrested person to the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric identification system. Police then transfer those suspected of being deportable into the detention and deportation system.

October 14, 2010

Leaders Oppose ID System, Federal Immigration Program Draws Ire of Corona Pols, Advocates

Times Ledger

by Rebecca Henely

October 14, 2010

Advocacy groups and elected officials in Corona last week denounced U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Secure Communities, an initiative aimed at modernizing how the organization identifies criminal aliens but one which the groups say will breed distrust of the police in immigrant neighborhoods.

“We cannot trust this system or trust ICE,” said Josh Epstein, staff attorney for the Immigrant Defense Project.

October 14, 2010

Senator Peralta on Immigration

Senator Peralta speaks at the Daily News and CUNY's Citizenship Now event.

September 10, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: Sampson, Espada Team Up to Host Immigration Forum

Sampson, Espada Team Up to Host Immigration Forum in the Bronx Aimed at Addressing Disturbing Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in New York and to Assist Immigrant Populations; Forum Scheduled for Sept. 9    With an alarming rash of bias attacks against immigrants, particularly Hispanics, in the Bronx, Staten Island and Long Island, and a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment across the country and state, State Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson and Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. announced today that they will host a special Immigration Forum aimed at addressing this “developing crisis.”

September 9, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 9, 2010

Senate Passes a Resolution Denouncing Arizona Law

The Legislative Gazette

Published: Monday, May 10, 2010

Click here to read this article on the Legislative Gazette website.

July 29, 2010

Serranos Continue Assault on New Arizona 'Anti-Immigrant' Law

The Bronx News Network

Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Click here to read this article on the Bronx News Network website.

Above is a clip of State Senator Jose M. Serrano, who represents the south Bronx and east Harlem, in Albany denouncing Arizona's new immigration law and calling for comprehensive immigration reform, saying the current system destroys families.

July 29, 2010

First Stop, Rikers. Next Stop, Colombia?

City Limits

Published: Sunday, September 6, 2009

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Following a wave of activism protesting interrogations of immigrant detainees at Rikers Island, the city Department of Correction has implemented new practices to better respect the rights of people who are held because they have been arrested and await trial. Like other pre-trial detainees, immigrants are presumed innocent of their charges, but if they are found to be undocumented while being held, it's a comparatively quick trip to deportation.

July 29, 2010

Statement From Senator José Peralta Regarding Today’s Court Decision To Issue an Injunction Against Arizona’s Divisive Immigration Enforcement Law

“As a Dominican American who represents one of the most diverse communities in this country, I applaud Judge Susan Bolton of Federal District Court’s decision to issue an injunction against  Arizona’s divisive immigration enforcement law.  Allowing any governing body to legalize racial profiling is appalling and flies in the face of our core belief of “innocent until proven guilty”.

July 28, 2010

Addabbo and CUNY Volunteers at Citizenship event

Senator Addabbo poses with CUNY's Citizenship and Immigration Project volunteers at PS 88 in Ridgewood. The senator sponsored a free application assistance day on Saturday, June 12th.

June 14, 2010

SI Advance: At Parade, Gay Community Calls for Visibility

By: Judy Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Under a canopy of rainbow-colored balloons, several hundred gay and lesbian Staten Islanders and their supporters kicked off the borough’s sixth annual LGBT Pride Parade and festival in St. George yesterday with a clear message: We are one of you.

“We are here to say we are your friends, your neighbors,” said spectator Brian Hagan of New Brighton. “We sit next to you on the bus, in church. We are part of the diversity of the city.”

June 10, 2010
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