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December, 2017

New Voices

Democrats face impossible DREAMers choice

This year, the DREAMers – young people brought into this country as children and given a stay of deportation through an Obama-era program — have been a political football between the warring parties. Comments (1)

October, 2017

New Voices

Ongoing ICE raids put us all at risk

A surprise meeting between senior congressional leaders and the president raised hopes that there could be a bipartisan compromise on immigration. At stake was the status of “Dreamers” – undocumented persons brought into the country as children who had previously been protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Comments (1)

September, 2017

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Young people American in all but citizenship

After months of ambiguity, the Trump administration bowed to its “nationalist” wing and declined to reauthorize the DACA program. The program, instituted in 2012 by the executive order of the Obama administration, protects approximately 800,000 young people from deportation. Comments (2)

July, 2017

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End to DAPA leaves parents reeling

Though declining to alter the rights and status of undocumented young persons under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Trump administration opted to end efforts to establish a similar benefit for their parents, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents status. Comments (3)

June, 2017

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Federal government tension with sanctuary cities intensifies

The standoff between so-called “sanctuary cities” and the federal government crystalized for Queens residents recently, when rumors spread that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement visited PS 58 in Maspeth, allegedly to check on the immigration status of a fourth- grader there before being turned away by school security. Comments (8)

May, 2017

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Mayor budgets for uncertainty

With a new administration in Washington, D.C, New York City is confronting a new era of uncertainty in budgeting. Faced with impending cuts from Housing and Urban Development, as well as potentially losing millions in counterterror funding stemming from the city’s sanctuary status, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed $84.86 billion budget had to account for this uncertainty. Comments (3)

March, 2017

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Trump’s travel ban lacks coherent reason

On March 6, the Trump administration unveiled its newest iteration of its ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim nations. Among the changes in what opponents of the action call the “Muslim Ban” are the exclusion of Iraq from the list of banned countries and exemptions for travelers with green cards and visas. Comments (6)

February, 2017

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Survivors of Japanese internment camps see parallels today

Feb. 19th marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a 1942 decree from President Franklin D. Roosevelt that ordered the internment of Japanese Americansas well as some German and Italian nationals in American concentration camps during World War II. Comments (3)
New Voices

Queens activists scramble to protest Muslim ban

The hastily written and implemented ban on entry for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries was met with swift condemnation and protests by Queens activists and other opponents at Kennedy Airport. Comments (6)

January, 2017

New Voices

Trump White House edits out some Obama websites

Shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States last Friday, the White House’s online presence, including whitehouse.gov, transitioned to the new administration, with some notable exceptions. Webpages on Civil Rights, LGBT rights, Climate Change were moved to the archives of the Obama White House. Comments (11)
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