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Each week since Queens native Donald Trump was elected president, the scorecard has shown his approval ratings stuck at 40 percent but consumer confidence rising to a now 17-year-high.

In Queens, the country’s most ethnically diverse borough where nearly half the residents are foreign-born, there is palpable relief that judges far west of the Mississippi have declared his travel ban against Muslims unenforceable. But many immigrants living in Queens — documented as well as undocumented - fear they will be targeted by ICE agents and deported.

The borough’s elected officials have held meetings to inform the newcomers of their rights, but a sense of unease mixed with uncertainty grips neighborhoods where some parents are supposedly keeping their children home from school and skipping church to avoid immigration officers.

After Homeland Security raided a Long Island City bakery recently, nearly 30 workers faced mass firings unless they could produce papers validating their immigration status.

Trump’s anti-immigrant push has produced relatively few arrests outside of the travel ban busts at JFK, but it has created widespread anxiety in Queens as some residents return to their home countries.

New York takes pride in its stance as a sanctuary city, where officials from the mayor on down have pledged not to release information about undocumented immigrants to federal officials.

As U.S. Attorney General Jeff sessions threatened to crack down on sanctuary cities by withholding federal grant money for law enforcement, legislators from 30 urban centers met in New York Monday and vowed not to bend to the Trump agenda. They fine-tuned strategies to defend immigrants instead.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York, the nation’s top terrorism target, would fight any federal attempt to cut police funding in court. It was not lost on New Yorkers that Trump’s efforts to pare down funds for the NYPD followed his stinging defeat at the polls in his hometown, which now has to shell out $600 million a year to protect him and his extended family.

Trump appears to have been chastened by the GOP’s disastrous campaign to torpedo Obamacare, which tarnished his reputation as a deal maker. But he can always fall back on his dismantling of President Obama’s climate change policy and his predecessor’s protections for Internet browsers. And Wall Street still loves him.

In less than 100 days Trump has turned America upside down where corporate interests count more than the people and fear is a federal instrument of cruelty. It’s a real shame.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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cnn's finest from queens says:
Is the author part of CNN or MSNBC. Melt snowflake.
March 31, 2017, 12:45 pm
Chicklet from Bayside says:
I know the fact that Hillary lost pains the editor deeply, and in the current environment writers step on each others toes to get their fake news stories out first, but you didn't say anything that matters to the citizens in the vast parts of the country that want the laws enforced.

People who followed the rules and provided documentation over years to get a legal green card were heard. People who fear beheading or execution (most gay folk) at the hands of terrorists are sleeping better now. The country is getting better, get over it!
March 31, 2017, 4:46 pm
Alien from Jackson Heights says:
Immigrants?

Immigrants with or without their "host" countries approval?

If not, then are they immigrants or lawbreakers?

Hey, there's a judge in Hawaii who wants to overrule the President, let the immigrants go there. To a State that tried to put its illegal aliens on planes back to the mainland. Bye bye!
March 31, 2017, 4:52 pm
M from Queens says:
Remember " Undocumented " means "ILLEGAL! Queens Boy Make's It To President!....GO TRUMP!!
April 19, 2017, 2:20 pm

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