Long Island Immigrants and Advocates Express Concern over President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

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The Long Island Unity Collaborative held a press conference today on President Trump’s immigration executive orders. Hosted by the Muslim Center of Bay Shore, the conference addressed the president’s executive orders that would begin construction on a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and withholding funding from cities, counties, and districts that adopt “sanctuary” policies. An executive order was leaked that President Trump may place a ban on refugees, with special focus banning people from predominantly Muslim countries, which would further endanger the immigrant community if signed.

Several organizations attended the press conference in support including SEPA MujerLong Island Civic Engagement Table (LICET)Planned Parenthood Hudson PeconicMake the Road New YorkNew York Civil Liberties Union, and Long Island Wins. Speakers from these organizations relayed their messages of community support, their opposition to the president’s actions, and their continued efforts as organizations to protect the rights and liberties of the immigrant community. Imam Muhammad Abdul Jabbar, the executive director of the Muslim Center of Bay Shore, also spoke during the press conference, denouncing the actions of the president as “opposed to the American values of religious and ethnic diversity that we all hold very dear.”

“We stand here today to stand against hate because an attack on any of us is an attack on all of us,” said Alejandra Sorto, a member of the The Long Island Unity Collaborative, “We will march. We will speak out. We will vote. We will do everything necessary to protect those most vulnerable.”

“These executive orders that President Trump signed yesterday were created with a complete and total lack of compassion,” said Long Island Wins Executive Director Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, “A lack of compassion for human life, a lack of compassion for children, for families, for mothers, for fathers. They are inhuman.”

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Sara Roncero-Menendez is the Online Editor for Long Island Wins. Prior to joining the Long Island Wins team, she graduate from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and worked as a reporter for publications like Mashable, The Huffington Post, and PSFK. She became involved in immigration issues and advocacy while working towards her Masters degree at The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. After joining the Graduate Employee Organization Local 6300, she worked on helping international and undocumented students work with the administration to get fair financial aid and fellowship opportunities. Sara also works on issues of representation in mass media, including film and television, and works on media reviews and podcast.

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