Queens stands up

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Queens lawmakers and city officials have spoken out against the U.S. Supreme’s Court decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and they should be applauded for doing so.

The policy — which the president says will make our country safer — will prohibit travel from eight nations, including Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Chad and Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela.

New York City is home to over 3.1 million immigrants and nearly 1.1 million immigrants live in Queens, according to figures in a March report from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Those who reside in Queens, the nation’s most ethnically diverse county, need to know that their elected officials will support them and that seems to be the case after watching the swift response to the travel ban.

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley said “this decision will be remembered as one where the Supreme Court of the United States legitimized discrimination and religious intolerance.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said “the Supreme Court has been on the wrong side of history before, and history will judge this decision just as harshly.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Corey Johnson and state Attorney General Barbara Underwood also criticized the Supreme Court for its controversial decision.

Several elected officials in Queens have held workshops for immigrants who live in their districts to explain their rights and current laws.

Katz’s office was scheduled to host a series of free informational “Know Your Rights” workshops and confidential legal clinics for immigrants in Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Flushing, Elmhurst and Sunnyside.

Our lawmakers have fought in favor of immigrant families who have had children separated from their parents.

Katz declared that “we are better than this. We must be better than this” and “Queens will continue to do everything possible to help counteract the hostility of the current political climate” in an Op-Ed in the TimesLedger Newspapers last week.

And de Blasio, along with and mayors from more than a dozen other U.S. cities, gathered last week near a holding facility for migrant children on the Texas border with Mexico. While the group was turned away from going inside the facility, the effort was there.

Queens residents know that their elected officials will stand up and fight for what’s right. They can see that our lawmakers are doing everything they can to defend our friends, families and neighbors in a battle with the president of the United States. It’s not a battle that will be easily won, but it is certainly one worth fighting.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Blame yourselves from Queens says:
I agree with the travel ban and think more need to be added to the list. The best way to stop terrorism is to not have them in this country at all. I will sleep better at night knowing that terrorists at least from those countries are not welcomed here. It's not our fault that the Muslims don't know how to act. Even China had been making it harder for muslims to move there by making them sell alcohol in the Muslim owned stores and by building concentration camps for those who act up. And I dont blame them. Learn how to act in society then maybe you wouldn't be so looked down upon as a whole. You bring stuff on yourselves then want to blame society instead of your own people. Same thing with the illegals. Why don't you protest to your own countries leaders to make your own countries a better place to live? Why blame other countries for not wanting to take you in? As loud as you fight our government, you should be fighting that loud to your own countries leaders to make your countries safer to live in. We are not responsible for you or your peoples' actions.
June 29, 3:54 am
Bob from Glen Oaks says:
USA belongs to anyone to take advantage. Countries like China have roots with originality. That's why people in USA are having hard time dealing with issues that has no merits or originality. Its like Israel, a country not recognized by most Muslim countries. USA is pure garbage for bullies like me.
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