Gubernatorial candidates Cynthia Nixon and Gov. Andrew Cuomo took aim at President Donald Trump’s immigration policy during campaign events this weekend.
As both candidates try to position themselves as the more pure antidote to the president, immigration has emerged as a key issue.
Nixon has promised to pursue a number of bills which are popular among pro-immigration activists but have stalled under Cuomo. These include making driver’s licenses available to all New York state residents, regardless of their immigration status, and the New York DREAM Act, which would give undocumented students access to financial aid and in-state tuition.
At a rally in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Saturday, Nixon also expressed support for the Liberty Act. The legislation, which passed the state assembly last year, would prevent undocumented immigrants from being detained without a warrant from a judge, and prevent local law enforcement from arresting people based on their immigration status.
“New York needs to stand defiantly against Donald Trump and his criminalization of immigrants!” said Nixon, according to The Brooklyn Eagle.
Cuomo spoke at a Democratic rally in Kingston, N.Y. where he also chided Republicans for supporting restrictive immigration policy. “We think it’s the greatest act of hypocrisy that they want to stand up and say they’re not in favor of immigration,” said Cuomo. “Unless you are a member of the Sioux, the Najavo, the Cherokee or the Apache we’re all immigrants, we all came from somewhere else.” The Brooklyn Eagle, The Daily Freeman
Council member ‘appalled’ by death of immigrant trash collector
Councilman Antonio Reynoso said he was ‘appalled’ on Saturday by the details of the death of a trash collector last year. A Voice of America and ProPublica story detailed the coverup after Mouctar Diallo, a 21-year old son Guinean immigrants, was run over by a garbage truck in the Bronx. Outlets reported that Diallo was “a daredevil homeless man” after the garbage truck driver and helper told the police he was a stranger – despite having worked with him for over a year. Months later, Sanitation Salvage, the truck’s owners, and the city oversight body failed to act. ProPublica/VOA
Menchaca attacks mayor on immigrant representation
Councilman Carlos Menchaca called out the mayor on Saturday for his choice not to fund legal aid for immigrants convicted of certain crimes. “Our mayor has decided that there are some [immigrants] who deserve [legal representation] and some who do not,” said Menchaca during an interview with the City & State. Menchaca, who is chair of City Council’s Committee on Immigration, was referencing City Hall’s refusal to fund legal representation for immigrants who have committed one 170 “serious crimes.” City & State
Hondurans are latest country to have TPS status ended
Almost 90,000 Hondurans who have lived in the US for up to two decades had their Temporary Protected Status withdrawn on Friday. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said that the situation in Honduras had “notably improved” since the status was first granted in the wake of a Hurricane Mitch in 1999. Honduras, however, remains one of the most violent countries in the world. DHS gave Honduran TPS holders until Jan. 5, 2020 to arrange their affairs or depart the country.
The addition of Honduras brings the total number of people to have TPS status terminated to over 425,000. The status is granted to people fleeing natural disasters or civil unrest. CNN has outlined the nationalities affected by the changes to TPS here. The list of countries to have their status terminated is as follows:
- El Salvador
Kansas man who killed Indian immigrant was sentenced to life in prison
Adam W. Purinton of Olathe, Kansas was sentenced to life in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to shooting an Indian engineer in a hate crime that caught national attention. Purinton shot and killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla in 2017 shortly after he yelled, “Get out of my country!” according to witnesses. The case was seen to reflect the growing anti-immigrant sentiment nationwide. The Kansas Star
The New Orleans Vietnamese community
One of the most concentrated Vietnamese communities in the U.S. is located in the Village de l’Est of New Orleans. The area is predominantly made up of families who first moved to the country during the Vietnam war. The New York Times looked at how the community was forced into public engagement after Hurricane Katrina, and other community disputes. While the community now has their first elected official, there are frays begin to form between generations. The New York Times
Woman in possible ‘caravan’ case accuses Sessions of discrimination, CNN
Immigration courts are deeply split on who can claim asylum over violence in home countries, The Los Angeles Times
ICE officers arrest driver in crash that killed two law enforcement officers in Maryland, The Washington Post
- Five myths about the US-Mexico border, by Christopher E. Wilson, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. The Washington Post
- Face facts: Immigrants commit fewer crimes than U.S.-born peers, by Esther J. Cepeda, columnist. The Chicago Tribune
- Illegal border-crossers could erode confidence in Canada’s immigration system – and in the Trudeau Liberals, by John Ibbitson. The Globe & Mail
Five myths about the US-Mexico border, by Christopher E. Wilson, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. The Washington Post
Face facts: Immigrants commit fewer crimes than U.S.-born peers, by Esther J. Cepeda, columnist. The Chicago Tribune
Illegal border-crossers could erode confidence in Canada’s immigration system – and in the Trudeau Liberals, by John Ibbitson. The Globe & Mail
Washington—Trump threatens shutdown over border wall
After failing to secure adequate funds to build a wall on the southern border, President Trump is once again threatening to shut down the government to secure the funds.
Washington—Trump threatens shutdown over border wall
“They don’t want the wall, but we’re going to get the wall, even if we have to think about closing up the country for a while,” said Trump, in reference to the border wall during a tax event in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday. “If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country.”
The president was railing against the caravan carrying migrants travelling from Central America to the U.S. in order to seek asylum. The caravan has been the center of Trump’s scorn since news first spread that it was making its way to the southern border. It arrived last week and border patrol has begun to process asylum claims from migrants. CNN
Also, Politico looks back at Nielsen’s time at the helm of DHS as she tries to appease her boss while dealing with some of his most prominent foes. Politico
Manhattan, New York – May 6, 2018: Views of the Brooklyn Bridge in Chinatown in Manhattan. Photo: Christopher Lee for Documented.