Category Archives: Immigration Reform

March in Solidarity with Immigrants & Refugees Success!!!

We would also like to thank all of you for coming out and participating in the march in solidarity with immigrants and refugees this past Monday! Over 150 people marched in the streets of community and sent a clear message that we want a CLEAN Dream Act, TPS reinstated, and we do not want county and city resources going to support any immigration enforcement. A special thanks to our friends, New York Immigration Coalition, New York Civil Liberties Union, Black Lives Matter Syracuse, CNY Solidarity Coalition and the Syracuse Peace Council.  Check out some of the news coverage of the march!

Monthly Greenlight Coalition Call 10/25

Wednesday, October 25 at 11:00am we will have our monthly coalition call. The call is conducted in English. We will report back from the consejo retreat and talk about next year.

El miércoles 25 de octubre a las 11:00am se llevará acabo la llamada mensual de la colación.  La llamada es en inglés.  Vamos a dar un informe del retiro del consejo y hablar del año que viene.

To join with video from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/908728614
Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 908 728 614

Como conectarse:

1. Llamar al  +1 646 558 86562.  Marcar clave “908 728 614#”
3. Marcar el signo numeral “#” de nuevo
O para conectarse con video: https://zoom.us/j/908728614

Tell New York State Police STOP Enforcing Immigration!!

Hello friends,

We have written to you all previously about New York State Police enforcing immigration even they though are prohibited from doing so. We nvite you to join us in taking action for a resolution from State Troopers for violating the policy which has lead to immigrant members of ourour community being arrested and thrown into deportation proceedings.  Please take action and fill out the google form so we know you did. Please feel free to forward widely.

New York State Police: Stop Enforcing Immigration!
The Workers’ Center of CNY, Worker Justice Center and others are urging people of conscience to call the Superintendent of the New York State Police, George P. Beach II and Troop E Commander, Major Richard Allen regarding recent violations of the Executive Memorandum: 2014, Immigration Law—Alien Procedures (EM #14-48) This EM states:  “As applied to vehicle passenger- Even when you stop a vehicle containing a passenger who you believe may be an illegal alien, you have no authority to request or demand identification documents from a passenger.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo has gone even further to underscore this by issuing Executive Order 170 which prohibits state agencies and law enforcement officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual’s immigration status. Unfortunately recent incidents demonstrate that state troopers have in fact violated the EM and newly minted EO, and thus far, there have been no public denunciations of these egregious and flagrant breaches of the policy.

On the morning of June 29, 2017, a yet-unidentified trooper stopped a vehicle in Penn Yan in Canandaigua County, ostensibly because the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Although the officer was not ticketing the passenger, he asked him for identification, which he did not have with him. The trooper let the driver go on his way with a ticket but arrested two Latino passengers and took them to a State Police barracks in Dundee, and held them for immigration officers to assume custody. One passenger has already been deported and the other–a long time community member and father of two–is now facing deportation. This has truly devastated his children and the wider community.

The State government has opened an investigation into this incident. While we applaud them for opening this investigation, we are also demanding that the New York State Police in general, and Troop E in particular be transparent with the public in how they will ensure that the new EO will be enforced and also disclose how offending officers will be held accountable.

Call Details & Script:
Superintendent of New York State Police – George P. Beach
518-457-6721

Troop E Commander Major Richard Allen
585-398-4100

Script:
“Hi my name is ____________  and I am calling from __________________. I am deeply troubled and concerned by a state police officer from troop E’s violation of the Executive Memorandum: 2014, Immigration Law—Alien Procedures (EM #14-48). This policy prohibits state police from asking for the identification from passengers they suspect are undocumented. Unfortunately on June 29th, the Troop E officer breached this policy by asking two Latino passengers for their ID’s and then turning them over to Border Patrol because they didn’t have identification. Now a father of two who’s also a long standing community member is facing deportation which has devastated his family and community. To date, the officer has not been held accountable. Governor Cuomo recently issued an executive order explicitly prohibiting law enforcement asking about immigration status. I’m calling because I want to know what concrete steps the leadership of Troop E will take going forward, to ensure the Executive Memorandum and the newly minted Executive Order will be enforced and how officers will be held accountable when they commit such egregious violations.”

For questions contact Nikeeta Slade from Workers’ Center of CNY at nslade@workerscentercny.org

Please record your results in the online google form.

Dream Act Now: Action Report Back

Strong action yesterday in Syracuse! Members of the Workers’ Center of CNY, United We Dream, CNY Solidarity Coalition, community members, and allies delivered 500+ signatures to Congressman John Katko’s office in support of a Clean Dream Act, DACA, and Undocumented People everywhere. We ran into some opposition from security in the lobby of the Mackenzie Hughes Tower, where we were yelled at from the moment we walked through the door, threatened with police, reminded “the federal government is heavily armed,” and one of our group members was assaulted by building staff. In the end, the general manager escorted three members of our group, including a mother and child, to deliver our petition to Katko’s office.

The Precarity of Inclusion and (Be)longing: The Experiences of Incarcerated and Refugee/Asylum-Seeking Youth in Schools 10/19

Featuring Panelists: Valentina Migliarini, Aly Wane, and Janet B. Flores
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:30 p.m.
Where: Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse University

Urban schools are experiencing increasing numbers of students from immigrant & refugee backgrounds. Students of color, those with disabilities, and English language learners are all at an increased risk in relation to the school-to-prison pipeline. Academically these students are also at a disadvantage because of low teacher expectations, ability tracking, educational barriers, segregated educational placements, and anti-immigrant bias. This panel presentation will explore how schools can better support immigrant, refugee, & asylum seeking youth & their families.

Link to Event Here:

Dream Act Now! 10/19

When: Thursday, October 19 at 1 PM

Where: Katko’s Office 440 S. Warren

Upstate New York dreamers and allies will stage a rally and press conference to call on Rep. Katko to support a Clean Dream Act
Join United we Dream and Workers’ Center of CNY

Green Light NY Driving Together : Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos 10/15

Central and Western NY were presente yesterday at the Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign’s retreat where we learned together and established our goals for the next year.
El Centro y el oeste de NY estuvieron presentes el día de ayer en el retiro de nuestra campaña para ganar licencias de manejar en NY “Luz Verde NY: Manejando Juntos” donde nos preparamos juntos y establecimos metas para el próximo año. Sí se Puede!

Undocumented But With a Voice Discussion with Cesar Vargas 10/25

Undocumented but with a Voice. Discussion with Cesar Vargas, national immigrant rights activist, hosted by Citizens Response Network of Wayne County, Ohmann Theatre, 65 Williams St., Lyons.

Syracuse Rapid Response Team Meeting 10/12

The Syracuse Rapid Response Team will be meeting at the Worker’s Center Thursday, October 12 at 6:30pm.

At the end of September, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted ruthless raids over the course of 4 days, which resulted in over 500 immigrants being rounded up. This specific raid–disgustingly called “Operation Safe Cities”– was specifically targeted towards sanctuary cities. The Trump Administration’s unrelenting attacks on immigrants demonstrates the importance of our Rapid Response Team. Please join us at the next meeting this Thursday. Becoming a member of the Syracuse Rapid Response team is a concrete way you can be in solidarity with immigrant members of our community. Come to the meeting and a bring a friend!

#NoMuslimBanEver Mobilization 10/17 – 10/18

FACEBOOK LINK HERE

The news of the lowest number of refugees since 1980 and the third muslim ban is just the latest attack on immigrants from this administration.

The NYIC is a National Sponsor and has committed mobilizing from across NYS to stand up and say No Ban EVER! On October 18th, the latest iteration of the ban goes into effect and we will be present in DC to raise our voices and stand up to these racist attacks! The program is inclusive of our entire fight for Immigrant Justice and will include speakers that are impacted by Muslim/ Refugee Ban, DACA, and TPS.

A Bus is leaving Syracuse/Buffalo on 10/17 at 5:00pm. Tickets are $15 each which include lodging, food on 10/18, and transportation there / back. We will return to Syracuse/Buffalo on 10/18 very late. This is an important moment for us to organize a strong, loud, mass mobilization that sends a clear message that IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, & MUSLIMS ARE WELCOME HERE.

We will not be silent while our communities are being targeted. The NYIC has directly impacted members of our community speaking from Western and Central New York on the program and we need to show up in big numbers to support them! For more information please contact: mzaldivar@nyic.org.

IF YOUR ORGANIZATION WANTS TO SPONSOR THE NATIONAL ACTION PLEASE SIGN UP HERE.

*If you are a member organization and want to organize a group please contact Meghan mzaldivar@nyic.org directly to make arrangements.

TO CONFIRM YOUR SEAT ON A BUS NEAR YOU PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENTBRITE HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nomuslimbanever-nyic-mobilization-to-dc-tickets-38090545848