Issues: Immigration

Immigration Leaders Press Paterson to Revoke Enforcement Program

WNYC News

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
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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
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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
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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
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Senator Peralta on Immigration

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

September 10, 2010
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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
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August 9, 2010
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Senate Passes a Resolution Denouncing Arizona Law

The Legislative Gazette

Published: Monday, May 10, 2010

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July 29, 2010
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Serranos Continue Assault on New Arizona 'Anti-Immigrant' Law

The Bronx News Network

Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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NY Times: For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection

By: Russ Buettner

In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care.

Those nannies, as well as other domestic workers who make possible the lives of New York’s eternally striving work force, have long gone without basic workplace guarantees that most employees take for granted.

That appears likely to change soon.

June 10, 2010
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Daily News: Government Must OK New Domestic Worker Rights

by: Albor Ruiz

Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections.

"As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society."

June 10, 2010
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NYT Editorial: Domestic Worker's Rights

New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected.

June 10, 2010
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