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Four Syracuse-area churches are joining together to open their doors to undocumented immigrants and refugees who fear federal immigration actions.  Father Fred Daley of All Saints Roman Catholic Church says policy changes have not been made to help immigrants, regardless of their status.  He also blames Washington with spreading false fears and stereotypes.

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Chants for freedom reverberated through the streets of downtown Syracuse Thursday as dozens of activists gathered to urge Congressmember John Katko to co-sponsor what they call a "Clean Dream Act." It’s part of a coordinated nationwide Dream Act Week of Action while Congress is in recess.  Gustavo Andrade is director of leadership development with United We Dream. 

Jacqueline King, center, was among nearly 300 demonstrators at the federal building Thursday.
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Hundreds of Central New Yorkers braved the wind, cold, and snow by the federal building Thursday to call on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to lead the charge to resist President Trump’s cabinet appointments. The rally was part of a statewide day of action  to show support for Schumer.  Despite their efforts, democrats are in a losing battle so far to delay or altogether stop the confirmation process.   

  

             

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The president of the Islamic Society of Central New York says President Trump’s sudden immigration order is not the right way to keep the country safe.  Mohamed Khater says he was caught off guard by how quickly it took effect.

“I honestly did not think that it was going to happen because it probably would have to go through Congress, whether to approve it or disapprove it," said Khater.  "From my understanding from talking to everybody, Congress will not allow it to happen.”                      

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The crowd at Syracuse's Hancock Airport flooded the main terminal Sunday night, with people filling the upstairs common areas as well.  It was all part of a protest against the immigration ban imposed by executive order by President Donald Trump over the weekend. 

Chants rang out several times: "No ban, no registry, this is our Democracy" chimed one.  Another said, "Muslims are welcome here; No hate, no fear."  And a lengthy chant said, "Down with white supremacy; no ban, no registry."