Vigil Thursday March 13 Against Deportations

Vigil in conjunction with hunger strikers.

There will be a vigil Thursday at 5pm in East Meadow against deportations. Here is the info from Jobs With Justice:

Last Friday, over 750 detainees at Washington State’s Northwest Immigration Center started a hunger strike to call for an end to deportations. Detainees participating in the hunger strike have been retailiated against and threatened with forced feedings and denial of their cases.

Here on Long Island, we will also be calling for an end to deportations, because deportation affects immigrant communities coast to coast. In 2012, Nassau and Suffolk counties made up 44% of all deportations in New York, leaving countless affected by ICE policies and deportation.

Community, faith and labor will hold a Stop the Deportations Vigil in solidarity with hunger strikers to bring attention to the immediate need for an end to deportations. We will stand firmly against policies that tear families apart. The vigil will take place at the Nassau Correctional Center (100 Carmen Avenue, East Meadow), which houses an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) satellite office.

The vigil will begin at 5pm but we will gather outside of the Correctional Center beginning at 4:40pm. Please arrive early to find parking in the area.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.