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Activist groups seek meetings with Sen. John Flanagan
Newsday • March 17, 2016 Several Long Island activist groups were scheduled to hold a community forum Thursday night in Setauket to criticize Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) for refusing to meet with them on their legislative priorities before the March 31 state budget deadline.
Agreement Opens School Doors to Immigrant Children
Public News Service • March 1, 2016 WESTBURY, N.Y. - The Westbury School District on Long Island has agreed to end its unwritten policy of delaying or denying school enrollment to children arriving from Central and South America.
Heeding Latino Voices on LI
Voices of NY • February 26, 2016 In the Township of East Hampton, Long Island, where close to one-third of the year-round population is Latino and more than half the public school enrollment is Latino, a new Latino Advisory Committee has been created. The group, which plans its first meeting on March 18, hopes “to better inform Latinos in the town and promote community participation and integration,” writes Luis M. Mostacero in Long Island WINS. The committee will also communicate to the Town Board concerns of the Latino community.
Undocumented Immigrant to NY Attorney: Vargas Case Signals Hope
Public News Service • February 5, 2016 NEW YORK - As the first undocumented immigrant admitted to the New York State Bar, Cesar Vargas is a permanent part of history. But the immigration activist and Bernie Sanders campaign staffer also may have paved the way for other undocumented youth brought to the United States as children, or "Dreamers."
Undocumented Immigrant to NY Attorney: Vargas Case Signals Hope
News LI • February 5, 2016 NEW YORK, N.Y. – As the first undocumented immigrant admitted to the New York State Bar, Cesar Vargas is a permanent part of history. But the immigration activist and Bernie Sanders campaign staffer also may have paved the way for other undocumented youth brought to the United States as children, or “Dreamers.”
No Rest for Immigrant-Rights Advocates After Sgt. Greene Verdict
Public News Service • January 18, 2016 CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – The split verdict in the case of former Suffolk County Police Sgt. Scott Greene has local immigrant rights advocates pinning their hopes on a pending civil case and further intervention by the Department of Justice.
Ex-LI cop convicted of larceny, official misconduct
Newsday • January 15, 2016 Scott Greene, a former Suffolk County police sergeant, was convicted Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, on charges of stealing money from two Hispanic motorists, but was acquitted on the more serious hate-crime charge of targeting the men because of their ethnicity. Greene, 52, of Shirley, was acquitted on all six counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree as a hate crime in the stops he made of six Hispanic motorists during the past four years.
Split verdict in ex-Sgt. Scott Greene’s grand larceny, hate crime case
Newsday • January 15, 2016 Scott Greene, a former Suffolk County police sergeant, was convicted Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, on charges of stealing money from two Hispanic motorists, but was acquitted on the more serious hate-crime charge of targeting the men because of their ethnicity. Greene, 52, of Shirley, was acquitted on all six counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree as a hate crime in the stops he made of six Hispanic motorists during the past four years.
Ex-Suffolk Police Sgt. Scott Greene found not guilty on hate crime charges
News 12 • January 15, 2016 Video of a sting operation shows Greene pulling over a Hispanic driver and stealing cash from the car, according to investigators.
Rally smals push for Central American deportations
News 12 • January 8, 2016 Groups, such as Make the Road New York, met at Christ Episcopal Church to urge the public to call elected officials in an effort to stop the raids.
A Campaign for Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented in NYS
Voices of NY • January 7, 2016 While a bill that would give driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants lingers in the New Jersey Legislature, a group on Long Island initiated a campaign to make such licenses a reality again in New York state.
Immigrant groups on LI prepare as ICE rounds up people in South
Newsday • January 4, 2016 Immigrant communities and their network of advocates were on the alert on Long Island over the weekend as a “nationwide effort” took people into custody in at least three states.
Mayor announces $7.M city immigration program
News 12 Brooklyn • December 14, 2015 The goal of the three-day conference is to tackle some of the key issues immigrants face.
Mixed Progress with Language Access on LI
Posted by Laura Lemus on December 10, 2015 Access to languages and programs that provide language assistance has improved recently on Long Island, community advocates say, but there is still a great deal that needs to done to ensure that immigrants get the help they need. Luis Mostacero of Long Island WINS writes that in Suffolk County, the Department of Social Services and the Police Department have made some noticeable progress; people have been making fewer complaints and they can get assistance to report crimes.
Frustration as Dream Act fails in NY again
Long Island Report • December 2, 2015 The New York State Senate has failed to pass the New York DREAM Act for the fourth time. The act was introduced in 2011 and it would allow undocumented students to receive financial aid for higher education. According to a 2011 Immigration Policy Center study, the research arm of the American Immigration Council that provides information about immigrants and immigration policy, more than 4,500 undocumented students graduate from New York schools every year, but only 5-10 percent pursue a college degree due to financial difficulties.
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