Crowley speaks about Trump concerns

Congressman Joe Crowley speaks during a meeting at Make the Road New York.
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Undocumented New Yorkers, including many students who benefitted from President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order from 2012, told U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) they fear changes to immigration policy under President-elect Donald Trump.

Crowley also addressed recent allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency had determined that Russia had utilized computer hacking in an attempt to help Trump win the election, saying that there was “no question there’s concern of undue influence by a foreign power.”

At a meeting Monday at Make the Road New York’s headquarters in Jackson Heights, the newly elected chairman of the House Democratic Caucus stressed he and other elected officials would work to ensure Trump would not try to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

“I think we are all still struggling to comprehend the results of the election. There was anger, concern and fear. I share that, too, but we have to move forward,” Crowley said, his voice barely rising above a whisper due to a bout of laryngitis. “We need to go forward so we can deal with the issue of immigration in a holistic way. That hasn’t changed.”

The meeting included testimonials from several young students, including one named Martin who said he had benefitted from the 2012 executive order, which allowed certain individuals who came to the country as children to benefit from deferred action from the government on the basis of one’s citizenship status. Martin said he came to the United States from Mexico when he was 2 years old and feels “like a New Yorker.”

“When Donald Trump said we’re rapists and we came here to steal, that’s just not true,” he said to about 80 concerned community members during the session at 92-10 Roosevelt Ave. “DACA has changed my life. I’m working and studying, and helping my mom more than before.”

The DACA order was signed as a means for Obama to offer temporary protection to undocumented students and workers who were brought to the country as children. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, called the DREAM Act, would offer legislative protection to these individuals, but the legislation has never passed Congress. Trump might take steps to rescind Obama’s DACA order as soon as Jan. 20, 2017, Trump’s first day in office.

Crowley said details about Trump’s plans for a border wall and deportations were unclear and he could only speculate about future policies based on Trump’s words during the campaign.

“It’s not clear what will happen with DACA,” Crowley said. “All we know is what he’s said he will do and that has not been positive.”

Crowley pledged that he would be willing to protest, if need be, to protect and draw attention to the vulnerability of the nation’s so-called DREAMers, a name given for undocumented students who could be protected by DACA.

“When I get my voice back, you’ll hear it loud and strong,” he said.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Barnes from Jamaica says:
These people are not 'undocumented' nor 'immigrants'. They are illegal intruders and should be dealt with according to the US laws. If someone broke into your home and stole your belongings you wouldn't regard him as a 'houseguest' or 'unannounced visitor'.
Dec. 13, 2016, 4:17 am
exactly from queens says:
Undocumented people are CRIMINALS. Stop protecting criminals and instead focus resources on legal residents and citizens. Deport the invaders, we do not want or need these criminals in our midst.
Dec. 13, 2016, 1:51 pm
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
This clown should be talking about corrupt Democratic clowns in Queens, especially the dirty Southeast Queens which breeds crooked politicians and do nothings like rabbits.

Anything to take the focus on the bad democrats of Queens.
Dec. 15, 2016, 5:15 am
Paul from JH says:
Tip Oneill and Regan had a grand compromise in the 80’s of up to 3 million Illegals. So we the people trusted out govt to keep their word and what happened? The problem got somewhere b/t 3.5 and 7 times worse (currently 11 or 20 million, depending on who you believe)

We the people do not with valid reason trust our elected officials to do what they say they will do. So if you want to appeal to the good nature of the average American citizen come back to us when Crowley can certify, under the oath with perjury charges waiting, that every criminal illegal has been removed, including folks who poached SS numbers. Then, only then, come back and we’ll talk.

While I’m no trump voter nor fan, anyone notice all the chica chica guys nearly disappeared over night?
Dec. 15, 2016, 10:11 am
Paul from JH says:
also, Joe to me a Fence whether a actual fence or a combo of cameras and drones is the national version a dead bolt on your front or back door (yes that applies to canada).

Joe, I bet you don't leave the Crowley family home unlocked do you? Yet you try an shame the rest of us... Rank Hypocrisy

Lets all go to a Crowley family xmas paty, uninvited and if asked to leave claim it's his bigotry
Dec. 15, 2016, 10:14 am
get rid of him from Queens says:
If Crowley aids and abets illegal meaning criminal residents he should be in jail too. Disgusting individual should be ashamed of himself.
Dec. 15, 2016, 11:05 am

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