After a particularly competitive primary season, Democratic voters came out in record numbers Thursday to decisively elect the statewide establishment ticket — Andrew Cuomo, Kathy Hochul, and Tish James — while severely punishing former members of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference. Six IDC incumbents lost their primaries.
With the dust settled, it’s clear the progressive energy that swept challengers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to victory couldn’t activate voters against a governor with a lifetime of political experience and several newspaper endorsements. It’ll be four more years of Andrew Cuomo in the executive chamber — provided Cuomo doesn’t win the Democratic presidential nomination for 2020, which isn’t likely. Kathy Hochul will be his lieutenant and Tish James will step in as attorney general — provided they also win the general races, which they will.
The results carry significant repercussions for immigrants, who make up about one-fifth of the state, and who are generally under the heaviest attack by a federal administration in well over a generation. What exactly will this election mean for the state’s immigrant population? We break it down for you.
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Report Sounds Alarms Over NYPD-Israel Relationship
A report prepared by human rights group Jewish Voice for Peace examines the longstanding relationship between the NYPD and Israeli security forces. That involves training city law enforcement in anti-terror tactics the report’s authors worry are geared against Muslims and immigrants of color. After 9/11, American law enforcement has increasingly sent members to Israel — or have Israelis come to the United States — to learn Israeli tactics for warding off terrorism and maintaining control in occupied territory. Documented
City Council Passes Abolish ICE Resolution
The City Council on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass H.R. 6361. The House bill would establish a commission to examine relocating ICE’s counterterror, counterfeiting and trafficking functions, and would then terminate the agency. Manhattan Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal introduced the bill, and it passed the Committee on Immigration 4-3 with enthusiastic support from committee chair Carlos Menchaca. Mark Gjonaj, Kalman Yeger, and Bob Holden voted no. Yeger and Gjonaj both expressed general concern over ICE but indicated they could not support a proposal to eliminate it with no specific alternative already in place. Holden praised the agency and invoked 9/11 in explaining why he voted against the measure. It passed the full Council with eight votes against, including those same three. Felipe De La Hoz for Documented
Chinatown Jail Plans Get Chilly Reception at Community Forum
Hundreds of Chinatown residents packed a community meeting in furious opposition to NYC’s proposed “borough jail” strategy. The plan, officially announced only days after the city revealed they were even considering Chinatown for a 40-story high-rise jail, targets 80 Centre St. It’s one of four facilities planned to replace Rikers Island. Residents demanded answers for the lack of engagement beforehand, and expressed concerns about everything from safety to traffic. Accusations of racism, classism, and chronic neglect of Chinatown were lobbed at mayoral aides, who could barely finish their presentation over boos and chants. Further meetings are scheduled in each borough, and opposition is similarly growing around the Bronx plan. Allen Arthur for Documented
U.S. Has Highest Share of Foreign-Born Population in a Century
Amid an anti-immigrant climate in the U.S., a Brookings Institution analysis of the 2017 Census Bureau data shows America has its highest proportion of immigrants as a share of the total population since 1910. Demographics are shifting from the mostly Mexican and Latin American people to surging numbers of Asians, primarily from China and India. Migrants are also increasingly better educated, with 45 percent of arrivals since 2010 holding college degrees, and are settling all over the country. The New York Times
ICE Workplace Raids Leave Disarray Behind
ICE ramped up large-scale workplace raids over the summer, sometimes arresting over 100 workers suspected of being undocumented. And after raids end, the has left behind overwhelmed local resources and legal groups. State and national groups are getting better at swooping to provide legal consultations and other aid. But attorneys said the federal government was targeting relatively small employers to send a message about enforcement, since it’s more difficult to respond with bond money and legal advice in rural areas. NBC News
Record Numbers of Unaccompanied Minors Held at Shelters
As of this month, 12,800 minors were being held at shelters around the country. That’s a more than fivefold increase from numbers last year, per data reported to Congress. These record numbers are reportedly growing because it’s increasingly difficult for friends and relatives to become sponsors and and take the children in. The New York Times
Network of Sponsors and Homes for Asylum Seekers Grows
To be released from detention on bond, asylum seekers have to put down the address of a U.S. sponsor they’ll be staying with. Legal and community groups are making this struggle a lot easier. In the wake of increased enforcement and public awareness, they’re raising money for bond and finding homes for migrants. Religious institutions are similarly also offering space to those that are in affirmative asylum proceedings. The Los Angeles Times
Washington — Miniscule Refugee Cap Nowhere Near Being Reached
The Trump administration set the cap on refugee admissions to the lowest level it’s been since the creation of the modern refugee program, and it seems to be on track to actually admit only about half of that already-low number. An analysis by Reuters found the federal bureaucracy has instituted vast and arbitrary new controls on refugee admissions, especially those from the 11 countries that formed part of the so-called travel ban. The move goes against the advice of the administration’s own analysts. Reuters
Meanwhile, ICE wants a stopgap bill to keep the federal government running through December to allocate the agency $1 billion in additional funding. ICE said it would help the agency deport over 250,000 immigrants during the next fiscal year, approaching the peak 300,000 that were deported in 2014 under former President Barack Obama. The agency claims if it does not receive the funding, it won’t be able to deport people who are a threat to public safety, and would have to cut down on services for immigrants in its custody. The Washington Post
The federal government is working to disburse $20 million in appropriated foreign assistance funds to Mexico, to be used to facilitate deportations of Central and Latin Americans passing through Mexico to get to the United States. It’s draining from foreign funds meant to help stabilize Syria or provide aid to Palestine, while other foreign-directed money has been allowed to remain untouched. The New York Times
Speaking of funding, it’s not quite accurate to say that the government took $10 million directly from hurricane relief operations and put it into ICE, as was widely reported this week. However, the government did take about $200 million total in funding for other DHS agencies and programs, including FEMA, to roll into ICE. Vox
In a settlement that involves three lawsuits regarding the zero tolerance policy, the federal government gave 1,000 parents separated from their children and who failed the initial part of the asylum process a second chance — even some who were already deported. Vox
Spotted at an anti-immigrant hate group conference: Acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello. SPLC