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Obama Says Decision on Executive Action Coming “Soon” for Immigrants

September 5, 2014
Obama Says Decision on Executive Action Coming “Soon” for Immigrants

President Obama told reporters today that he will be reviewing recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security and the Attorney General  “fairly soon” on executive action on immigration reform. He said that expected to make an announcement of what steps he will take  take “soon.” The president’s words came as he was meeting with...
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Anti-Immigrant Minuteman Leader’s Connection to a Killer

September 5, 2014
Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist at the border with convicted killer Shawna Forde.

Jim Gilchrist is getting a lot of publicity these days for his proposal to revive the anti-immigrant Minutemen and deploy them to the border to block Central American children from entering the United States. This would essentially be a heavily armed protest movement of the far right. The planned paramilitary operation involves several thousand...
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Long Island Republican Asks Anti-Muslim Anti-Immigrant Leader to Headline Event

September 4, 2014
Announcement of West's enlistment in the Zeldin candidacy.

Long Island Republican Lee Zeldin is trying to unseat Congressman Tim Bishop with the aid of a host of unsavory far-right helpers. Possibly the worst is Allen West, a defeated Tea Party Congressman from Florida. West is known for his anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim diatribes. When Bill Cosby suggested that Christians should become more like...
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Luis Gutierrez: Obama, Act Now on Immigration

September 3, 2014
Luis Gutierrez speaking before the Democratic National Convention today.

On Friday, immigrants were dismayed to hear that the White House may delay an executive order on immigration until after the November elections. This would break a promise to act before the end of summer. Today, Representative Luis Gutierrez rejected delays, saying, according to Politico: Obama should move quickly on executive action, calling for...
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Ku Klux Klan Recruiting in Hamptons

September 2, 2014
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The Ku Klux Klan is using resentment of newly arrived Central American children to begin a recruitment effort in the Hamptons. Suffolk County on eastern Long Island is the third largest recipient of the children in the country. Leaflets began appearing in the Hamptons at the beginning of August urging residents to join the...
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Arrival of Central American Children on Long Island Starts Anti-Immigrant Revival

August 28, 2014
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Long Island’s dangerous anti-immigrant subculture had been dormant since 2008 when young men involved in it murdered an Ecuadoran immigrant in Patchogue. It is beginning to show signs of revival this summer as more than two thousand Central American children arrived on Long Island. The release of figures yesterday showing that Suffolk County was...
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#ALLin4RELIEF Town Hall Tuesday August 26

August 25, 2014
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The Logistics of an Executive Order for Organizations

August 24, 2014
The Logistics of an Executive Order for Organizations

This is the fifth of our series of articles on how immigrant community groups can prepare for an Executive Order on immigration. If the president issues an Executive Order on immigration and if it covers millions of people, an uncertain proposition at the time this is written, then it will not only be your...
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Scaling-Up for the Executive Order on Immigration

August 21, 2014
Scaling-Up for the Executive Order on Immigration

This is the fourth of our series of articles on how immigrant community groups can prepare for an Executive Order on immigration. I have been writing about preparations my organization is making to meet the challenges of the announcement of an Executive Order allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain work permits. As the Program Director...
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Preparing for the First Day After an Executive Order on Immigration

August 20, 2014
Preparing for the First Day After an Executive Order on Immigration

This is the third in a series of articles discussing ways immigration service agencies can get ready for an Executive Order on immigration. At my organization, CARECEN on Long Island, we have begun to game out how the first 24 hours after an executive order is issued will play out in our offices in...
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