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Many Central New Yorkers were directly affected by the Supreme Court ruling on the travel ban.  Recent refugees and immigrants, as well as local residents, were impacted emotionally and in concrete ways if they were hoping to be reunited with family members from other countries.  Local Islamic groups had a response some might find surprising.

In response to last week’s Supreme Court decision on the travel ban, Central New York Islamic Groups had a different reaction than just coming out in opposition.  And that came from the communities’ response to them.

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An administrative Law Professor at Syracuse University feels the future of how to handle the crisis of breaking-up immigrant families entering the US remains uncertain.  David Dreisen said President Trump’s Executive Order to reverse his policy does not state if previous families will be unified or if there is a plan to accomplish that. 

He said the real truth is that immigrants come to America because they are fleeing persecution and poverty. They’re seeking refuge. 

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Over 300 protesters met outside of the Embassy Suites near Destiny USA Tuesday to decry the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence.  He stopped in Syracuse  for a $1,000 per plate fundraiser for the reelection campaign of Republican Congressman John Katko.

Tom Drumm is a protest organizer and member of Speak Out CNY.   He says the protestors represented an array of organizations and causes, but all feel that Katko and his colleagues need to do more to rein in the Trump administration.

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Congress Member John Katko would like to see the President and Congress stop the policy of separating children from families trying to enter the US at its borders, he said in a release Monday.  He said he supports border security, as long as it's done, 

"...in a humane way that preserves family unity and keeps young children safe," he added.

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Protestors across the nation and here in Syracuse are calling on Congress to end the separation of children from parents among people at the border and other immigrants. 

Robin Best of Manlius took part in today’s March and rally.  She believes the policy for those trying to gain asylum in the United States will have long-term effects.

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Getting a disease because of occupational hazards or even killed on the job happens more often than you may think.  A Workers Memorial Day gathering was held on Friday to remember Upstate workers who died because of either scenario was held in Liverpool.  Advocates are working to provide support to affected workers and immigrants.  Worker Justice Center of N.Y. Senior Advocate Carly Fox from Rochester advocates for health, safety, and compensation issues for migrant farm workers.  She says farmers have made some improvements but immigrants need their help to negotiate.

Cuomo Cease and Desist Threat for ICE Conduct Draws Local Support

Apr 26, 2018
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking a harsh stance against Immigration Enforcement. He issued a cease and desist letter to ICE yesterday to put an end to what he called reckless and unconstitutional enforcement. If the agency doesn’t comply, he will sue. New York Immigration Worker Coalition organizer Fabiola Ortiz Valdez appreciates Cuomo’s actions, but doesn’t think they’re enough.

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A Cornell University Immigration Law School Professor is drawing attention to a more than 200 page leaked draft of a federal proposal.  Under the plan, he says housing assistance and energy benefits would longer be accessible to immigrants.  In his 35 years of teaching and practicing immigration law, Steven Yale-Loehr, calls the proposal – “a sledgehammer on the system.”

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Local activists want Customs and Border Patrol out of Central New York transit.  About two dozen members and supporters of the Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network rallied in front of the Regional Transportation Center today demanding that companies deny Customs the ability to raid buses and trains for undocumented immigrants.  Attorney Herve Comeau says Customs enforces raids selectively, targeting people they think “look foreign.”

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An undocumented Syracuse immigrant has been released on bail after a court hearing Tuesday in western New York. Organizers from the Workers’ Center of Central New York traveled to the federal detention center in Batavia to support Hector Navarro. He was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, at his Syracuse home on December 21st.  WAER News caught up with Nikeeta Slade from the Workers’ Center while she was in Batavia.  She says his bond demonstrates how important he is to the community.

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