Vigils Around Long Island Call for End to Immigrant Detention Camps

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More than a thousand people called for justice for immigrant children at four vigils around Long Island tonight. At a large gathering of more than 400 people at Garden City Unitarian Congregation, speakers condemned the jailing of children and the planned ICE raids. Several called for local law enforcement to refuse to cooperate with ICE’s assault on immigrant communities. I had the priviledge of speaking at the Garden City vigil on behalf of the New York Immigration Coalition.

An energetic vigil was held outside of Lee Zeldin’s office in Patchogue.

Pilar Moya of Latinos Unidos of Long Island said at the Huntington vigil that “children are sleeping on the cold floor separated from their parents,” the conditions, she said approached torture. Four hundred people participated in the Huntington event.

The Huntington and Garden City events were cosponsored by the New York Immigration Coalition.

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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.

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