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Anti-immigration flyer in Sunnyside work of white supremacists: Van Bramer

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City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) rallied alongside Make the Road NY and other community members Tuesday against a flyer allegedly posted by a white supremacist on the streets of Sunnyside.

Van Bramer said he was on his morning jog down Skillman Avenue Sunday when he saw the flyer created by Vanguard America pasted to a street light at 35th Street and posted a video on Twitter of himself removing it.

“It was clearly an ugly act of hate that was meant to intimidate all those in this community who are immigrants, it is also an act of vigilantism that is encouraging illegal acts of vigilantism and a felony, which is impersonating a federal agent,” Van Bramer said in a Tuesday news conference at 35th Avenue and Skillman Avenue. “We’ve learned that it is the act of a white supremacist organization in this country that took credit for creating the flyer... But the problem is, they don’t know who put it up because they’re not sure they have members in this community.”

According to Van Bramer, the flyers have appeared around college campuses in places such as Omaha, Neb., Washington State University and Penn State University.

“A notice to all citizens of the United Stated of America: It is your civic duty to report and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement they have broken the law,” the flyer read. It also included the phone number for the Department of Homeland Security.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) encouraged the public to go out and vote to overturn negative rhetoric from the President Donald Trump toward immigrants and his administra­tion’s policies.

“We are living in a country that is being torn apart at the seams, and president who is adding fuel to the fire every single day and making it worse,” Gianaris said, adding that ICE is still currently separating immigrant children from their families and keeping them in detention centers. “We live with the comfort that this country is stronger than this president, our values are this president and our democracy is stronger than this president, but it requires us to take action.”

Judith Zangwill, Executive Director for Sunnyside Community Services, joined the rally to support immigrants who form the basis of many of the clients who attend the center she helps to run at 43-31 39th St.

Van Bramer cautioned anyone who attempts to remove flyers, claiming white supremacist groups are prone to booby trap the paper with hidden razor blades, but still encourages the removal of such messages if they are seen.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhallum@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Updated 7:07 am, October 12, 2018
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Gohome from Queens says:
Well I'm not a white supremacist but the flyer is telling the truth. Why should anyone who is here ILLEGALLY get to stay when they broke a FEDERAL LAW? What is the point to having laws if you're not going to enforce it? I'm broke so if I robbed a bank tomorrow, would I be allowed to walk around without anyone trying to arrest me? Would I be free of the law even though I committed a FEDERAL CRIME? The laws in this country should be ENFORCED. You can't pick and choose which laws you would like to enforce.
Oct. 12, 5:41 am
Gohome from Queens says:
Will the liberals come and lawmakers come and stand by my side if I was poor and robbed a bank because I needed the money so badly? Or would they cry that I broke the law and throw me in jail?
Oct. 12, 5:42 am
Irish Red from Flushing says:
There is a large difference between an immigrant and an illegal. One has been invited to join us, the other has invaded our country, broken our laws, thumbed his nose at our customs, yet demands the protection of the very society whose mores he has chosen to ignore. If a murderer lived in our neighborhood for 25 years doing good, he is still a murderer and subject to prosecution because there is no statute of limitation on murder. By the same token, there is no statute of limitations on illegal invasion of our country, and illegals should be deported and re-apply for immigration through legal channels. I ask Councilman Van Bramer what laws his constituents can expect to be permitted to break with impunity--because citizens and legal residents are certainly entitled to at least the same privileges as illegals.
Oct. 12, 7:53 am
Dwayne from Queens says:
Funny how the squawkers always seem to gather themselves at the trough to pretentiously become indignant in unison. Van Bramer is obviously an advocate for all things illegal and criminal against the NYC citizenry. Maybe he should be investigated, or "dunked in water to see if he's telling the truth". Get off yer fake high horse, Van Bramer, and git going on the job you're supposed to be doing but have not.
Oct. 12, 8:45 am
The Filth of Forest Hills from Forest Hills says:
“It was clearly an ugly act of hate that was meant to intimidate all those in this community who are immigrants, it is also an act of vigilantism that is encouraging illegal acts of vigilantism and a felony, which is impersonating a federal agent,” Van Bramer said. WRONG ON ALL ACCOUNT HACK VAN BRAMER: 1. The poster is not a act of hate. 2. It is NOT intimidating immigrants and immigrants here legally are NOT illegal aliens, so get that straight. An immigrant here legally is an American citizen. An illegal alien has committed a crime. 3. The sign is NOT encouraging vigilantism, Van Bramer is using FEAR. 4. Nobody is impersonating a federal agent. Amazing 4 lies in one sentence. Most people would have just ignored this, but Van Bramer decides to turn it into an issue.
Oct. 12, 4:33 pm
Joey from Whitestone says:
We need an Asian ban. There the real problem slowly. Taking over goo look a the food pantries in Main Street. In the am. All on welfare. Freeloading. Off the country
Oct. 12, 9:53 pm
Agree from Queens says:
Joey from Whitestone says: We need an Asian ban. There the real problem slowly. Taking over goo look a the food pantries in Main Street. In the am. All on welfare. Freeloading. Off the country I'm all for that too. They live in million dollar houses but have 4 families living in it. They overcrowd schools and YES alot of them are on welfare. The government will NEVER admit this because they dont want overseas housing investors from China to stop buying properties here. The GOVERNMENT is responsible for the unaffordable housing in this city and many other big cities around the USA. Most of the people who live in these million dollar houses are NOT the real owners of the houses nor will you ever meet them. Good luck trying to sue them if you get injured on their properties!
Oct. 13, 5:16 am
THINK from Queens says:
NO, the sign is NOT anti-immigration. I mean where does Times Ledger see that anywhere in this poster. The poster is about illegal immigration, NOT anti-immigration. What passes as responsible local journalism anymore is amazing.
Oct. 13, 6:34 am
Urban Mole from Flushing says:
There you go, the classic radical leftist City Council Member enforcing the Dem Party Platform on name calling and racist labeling by those law abiding citizens that absolutely oppose the pass being handed to thousands of illegals both Chinese and Central Americans. They have invaded and by their numbers literally destroy once pleasant and clean communities across this city under the illegal Sanctuary City status. They are emboldened by their numbers against the American who they seek to displace, and take your homes. Elected officials like Van Bremer and Peter Koo and many other leftist radicals by their destructive ideology are clearly the enemy here that hate America to the core and wish to pursue the fundamental transformation started by their idealogical leader, Barrack Obama.
Oct. 14, 10:43 am
Skifourzz from Flushing says:
Apparently there is no bottom to the depths Democrats like Bramer will sink to. A political hack who will say and do anything to keep his job. He, and those of his gang can only survive on misrepresentation, half truths,and blatant lies, all acts of desparation. Could it be that he is intelluctally incapable in making the distinctio between IMMIGRANTS and ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS? or just a convenience to scare people into voting for someone who puts HIS best interests first.
Oct. 14, 11:53 am
Urban Mole from Flushing says:
If you really want rule of law, get rid of the illegal Sanctuary City status. https://www.conservativereview.com/news/if-you-really-want-the-rule-of-law-get-rid-of-sanctuary-cities-and-their-illegal-drugs/
Oct. 16, 8:25 am

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