Trump Unveils Muslim Ban and Suspension of Refugee Program

Trump is expected to sign an Executive Order on Friday, January 26, that will do two things:

1. Halt all immigration (refugee, non-immigrant and immigrant) from at least seven Muslim-majority countries for at least 30 days. (These are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.) 

2. Suspend the United States Refugee Program for at least six months while significant changes are made to the program.

Here are the relevant sections of the Executive Order that was leaked (this is not official until the President signs off):

Sec. 3. Suspension of Issuance of Visas and Other Immigration Benefits to National of Countries of Particular Concern.
(c)...I hereby find that the immigrant and non-immigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries designated pursuant to [a particular Division of an appropriations act outlining the seven Muslim-majority countries listed above], would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrant and non-immigrants of such persons for 30 days from the date of this order.

Sec. 5. Realignment of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Fiscal Year 2017

(a) The Secretary of State shall suspend the U.s. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days...Refugee applicants who are already in the USRAP process may be admitted upon the initiation and completion of these revised procedures.

(c) The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, as appropriate, shall cease refugee processing of and the admittance of nationals of Syria as refugees until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure its alignment with the national interest.

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Trump Begins Implementing Extremist Anti-Immigrant Agenda

Today, in an act of absolute cowardice, Donald Trump used the cover of national security to declare a vicious and unwarranted attack on immigrant and refugee communities in this country. But this is not just an attack of immigrant and refugee communities, this is an attack on ALL Americans and the values that define us.

The Executive Orders issued this week are no exception. Trump has doubled down on his effort to divide this country by casting immigrants, refugees and Muslims as the source of the country’s economic pains and security risks. Throughout his campaign, and continuing to this day, Trump has offered extreme solutions for problems that do not actually exist. Whether to mollify the most extremist anti-immigrant members of his party or distract the American public from his frequent falsehoods or offensive statements, Trump has made it his business to propagate dangerous falsehoods about American immigrant communities.

Some Areas covered in the Executive Orders Issues on January 25 on Border Security and Interior Enforcement

  • Building a Wall (that Mexico will definitely, certainly (not) pay for)
  • Ending the so-called "catch and release" program (that ended under President Bush in 2006...)
  • Stopping (alleged) asylum fraud (even though current asylum laws are harsh and stacked against those fleeing violence and persecution and fraud is not a rampant issue)
  • Stopping Central American border crisis (by abandoning American core values of being a shining light on the hill)
  • Adding 5,000 Customs and Border Patrol officers (never mind that border crossings are at an all time low and that the CBP budget and number of officers has tripled over the last 15 years)
  • Tripling the number of ICE agents (terrorizing immigrant communities and reinstating failed programs like workplace raids)
  • Terminating support for "sanctuary cities" (undermining community policing efforts by threatening to take their federal funds from other non-related programs)

 

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Join our Fight on #GivingTuesday

We're gearing up for the fight of our lives over the next four years. In 2016, Immigrant Action engaged community members in political activism from Long Island to Philadelphia. We supported candidates committed to immigrant communities, like Marisol Alcantara, the first Latina in the State Senate in 12 years. And we forcefully called out officials (on all levels) who betrayed our values, including a Times-Union editorial condemning the use of anti-immigrant campaign materials by the state Republican Party.

Please consider making a donation to Immigrant Action today to support our work in 2017.

Moving forward, this effort will be more important than ever. The work to run and elect candidates who share our values (and then hold them accountable) begins now. Elections in 2017, 2018 and ultimately 2020 will be here before we know it, and only with your support will we be able to continue this fight.

Make a donation to Immigrant Action in honor of #GivingTuesday and join this fight with us.

Onward,

Anu Joshi
Deputy Director

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Immigrant Action Calls on Ed Cox to End Anti-Immigrant Campaign Ads

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Complete 2016 Endorsement List

Here is the complete list of Immigrant Action endorsements for the November 8, 2016 elections.

U.S. President: Hillary Clinton

Immigrant Action endorses the following candidates for the New York State Senate:

District 3 (Nassau): John De Vito Jr

District 4 (Suffolk): Phillip Boyle

District 6 (Nassau): Ryan Cronin

District 7 (Nassau): Adam Haber

District 9 (Nassau): Todd Kaminsky

District 12 (Queens): Michael Gianaris

District 13 (Queens): Jose Peralta

District 14 (Queens): Leroy Comrie

District 15 (Brooklyn): Joseph Addabbo

District 19 (Brooklyn): Roxanne J. Persaud

District 20 (Brooklyn): Jesse Hamilton

District 23 (Staten Island): Diane Savino

District 24 (Staten Island): Andrew Lanza

District 28 (Manhattan): Liz Krueger

District 29 (Manhattan): Jose Serrano

District 30 (Manhattan): Bill Perkins

District 31 (Manhattan): Marisol Alcantara*

District 33 (Bronx): Gustavo Rivera

District 34(Bronx/Westchester): Jeffrey Klein

District 35 (Westchester): Andrea Stewart-Cousins

District 36 (Bronx): Jamaal Bailey*

District 37 (Westchester): George Latimer

District 38 (Hudson Valley): David Carlucci

District 40 (Westchester): Alison Boak

District 41 (Hudson Valley): Terry Gipson

District 44 (Albany): Neil Breslin

District 63 (Buffalo): Timothy Kennedy

Immigrant Action endorses the following candidates for the New York State Assembly:

District 6 (Suffolk): Phil Ramos*

District 20 (Nassau): Anthony P. Eramo

District 22 (Nassau): Michaelle Solages

District 25 (Queens): Nily Rozic

District 29 (Queens): Alicia L. Hyndman

District 34 (Queens): Michael DenDekker

District 39 (Queens): Francisco Moya

District 40 (Queens): Ron Kim

District 42 (Brooklyn): Rodneyse Bichotte*

District 43 (Brooklyn): Diana Richardson*

District 44 (Brooklyn): Robert Carroll*

District 46 (Brooklyn): Pamela Harris*

District 47 (Brooklyn): William Colton

District 51 (Brooklyn): Felix Ortiz

District 52 (Brooklyn): Joann Simon

District 55 (Brooklyn): Latrice M. Walker

District 65 (Manhattan): Yuh-Line Niou

District 66 (Manhattan): Deborah J. Glick

District 72 (Manhattan): Carmen Del La Rosa

District 74 (Manhattan): Brian Kavanagh

District 75 (Manhattan): Richard Gottfried

District 79 (Bronx): Michael Blake

District 80 (Bronx): Mark Gjonaj

District 83 (Bronx): Carl Heastie

District 84 (Bronx): Carmen Arroyo

District 85 (Bronx): Marcos Crespo*

District 86 (Bronx): Victor Pichardo*

District 87 (Bronx): Luis Sepulveda*

District 90 (Westchester): Shelley Mayer

District 91 (Westchester): Steven Otis

District 92 (Westchester): Thomas Abinanti

District 93 (Westchester): David Buchwald

District 95 (Westchester): Sandy Galef

District 119 (Utica): Anthony Brindisi

District 136 (Rochester): Joseph Morelle

*Indicates candidates Immigrant Action also endorsed for the September 13 Primary election.

Immigrant Action endorses the following candidates for the U.S. Congress:

U.S. Senate: Chuck Schumer

District 3: Tom Suozzi

District 4: Kathleen Rice

District 5: Gregory Meeks

District 6: Grace Meng

District 7: Nydia Velazquez

District 8: Hakeem Jeffries

District 9: Yvette Clark

District 10: Jerrold Nadler

District 12: Carolyn Maloney

District 13: Adriano Espaillat

District 14: Joseph Crowley

District 15: Jose Serrano

District 17: Nita Lowey

District 18: Sean Maloney

District 19: Zephyr Teachout

District 20: Paul Tonko

District 22: Kim Myers

District 25: Louise Slaughter

District 26: Brian Higgins

District 27: Diana Kastenbaum

 

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Email: anu.joshi [at] nysiaf [dot] org
Mobile: 828.469.7423

Immigrant Action Announces Another 43 Endorsements for General Election
Endorsement List Includes 21 Congressional Endorsements

New York, NY — Today, Immigrant Action (New York State Immigrant Action Fund), one of the largest 501(c)(4) immigrant rights groups in the country, announced the endorsement of 43 candidates, including 22 candidates for the NYS Legislature and 21 for the U.S. Congress. These candidates join the 40 candidates Immigrant Action previously endorsed for the State Legislature and as a total represent the state's ethnic and racial diversity.

Steve Choi, Executive Director of Immigrant Action, commented, “Immigrant Action exists to make sure immigrants and their families have a seat at the table when it comes to policy making on the local and national level. One part of that vision is helping to elect candidates to public office who share our vision of a New York, and country, that is responsive to immigrant communities' needs and reflective of their diversity. That is why we are so proud to announce this broad slate of endorsements for 62 candidates for the state Legislature and 21 candidates for the U.S. Congress."

“Immigrant Action understands the power of the New York State Legislature and the U.S. Congress to make decisions that directly impact the lives of immigrant New Yorkers. On issues like drivers licenses for all New Yorkers, health coverage for all immigrants and adult education and literacy, these candidates, if elected, will be critical voices for pushing an immigrant rights agenda forward in Albany and Washington D.C.”

The endorsement from Immigrant Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that promotes the rights and socio-economic well-being of immigrants and refugees across New York State, follows their earlier announcement of support for Hillary Clinton ahead of the April Presidential primary election, which spurred the candidate to promise the creation of a national Office of New Americans.

Immigrant Action endorses the following candidates for the State Senate:

District 3 (Nassau): John De Vito Jr

District 4 (Suffolk): Phillip Boyle

District 15 (Brooklyn): Joseph Addabbo

District 19 (Brooklyn): Roxanne J. Persaud

District 24 (Staten Island): Andrew Lanza

District 28 (Manhattan): Liz Krueger

District 30 (Manhattan): Bill Perkins

District 33 (Bronx): Gustavo Rivera

District 37 (Westchester): George Latimer

District 38 (Hudson Valley): David Carlucci

District 40 (Westchester): Alison Boak

District 41 (Hudson Valley): Terry Gipson

District 44 (Albany): Neil Breslin

Immigrant Action endorses the following candidates for the State Assembly:

District 20 (Nassau): Anthony P. Eramo

District 29 (Queens): Alicia L. Hyndman

District 39 (Queens): Francisco Moya

District 52 (Brooklyn): Joann Simon

District 55 (Brooklyn): Latrice M. Walker

District 65 (Manhattan): Yuh-Line Niou

District 66 (Manhattan): Deborah J. Glick

District 72 (Manhattan): Carmen Del La Rosa

District 119 (Utica): Anthony Brindisi

Immigrant Action endorses the following candidates for the U.S. Congress:

U.S. Senate: Chuck Schumer

District 3: Tom Suozzi

District 4: Kathleen Rice

District 5: Gregory Meeks

District 6: Grace Meng

District 7: Nydia Velazquez

District 8: Hakeem Jeffries

District 9: Yvette Clark

District 10: Jerrold Nadler

District 12: Carolyn Maloney

District 13: Adriano Espaillat

District 14: Joseph Crowley

District 15: Jose Serrano

District 17: Nita Lowey

District 18: Sean Maloney

District 19: Zephyr Teachout

District 20: Paul Tonko

District 22: Kim Myers

District 25: Louise Slaughter

District 26: Brian Higgins

District 27: Diana Kastenbaum

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Immigrant Action Endorses a Slate of 40 Candidate for the NYS Legislature

 

Press Contact:Anu Joshi
Email: anu.joshi [at] nysiaf [dot] org
Mobile: 828.469.7423

Immigrant Action Endorses a Slate of 40 Candidate for the NYS Legislature

New York, NY — Today, Immigrant Action (New York State Immigrant Action Fund), one of the largest 501(c)(4) immigrant rights groups in the country, announced the endorsement of 40 candidates for the NYS Legislature in the quickly approaching General Election. All of these candidates have demonstrated a commitment to immigrant rights and fighting for concrete victories for New York immigrant communities.

Steve Choi, Executive Director of Immigrant Action, commented, “Immigrant Action is dedicated to supporting candidates and elected officials who will fight for immigrant communities and support humane immigration policies. This broad slate of candidates, who will serve constituents from the five boroughs, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, demonstrate our commitment to a New York State Legislature that is representative of the diversity and responsive to the needs of this great state’s changing population. These candidates represent the values that Immigrant Action fights for, and that New York immigrant communities care about. We are proud to support their candidacies.”

“Immigrant Action understands the power the New York State Legislature has to make decisions that directly impact the lives of immigrant New Yorkers. On issues like drivers licenses for all New Yorkers, health coverage for all immigrants and adult education and literacy, these candidates, if elected, will be critical voices for pushing an immigrant rights agenda forward in Albany.”

The endorsement from Immigrant Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that promotes the rights and socio-economic well-being of immigrants and refugees across New York State, follows their earlier announcement of support for Hillary Clinton ahead of the April Presidential primary election, which spurred the candidate to promise the creation of a national Office of New Americans.

Immigrant Action endorses the following candidates for the New York State Senate:

District 6 (Nassau): Ryan Cronin (Nassau)

District 7 (Nassau): Adam Haber

District 9 (Nassau): Todd Kaminsky

District 12 (Queens): Michael Gianaris

District 13 (Queens): Jose Peralta

District 14 (Queens): Leroy Comrie

District 20 (Brooklyn): Jesse Hamilton

District 23 (Staten Island): Diane Savino

District 29 (Manhattan): Jose Serrano

District 3 (Manhattan): Marisol Alcantara*

District 34(Bronx/Westchester): Jeffrey Klein

District 35 (Westchester): Andre Stewart-Cousins

District 36 (Bronx): Jamaal Bailey*

District 63 (Buffalo): Timothy Kennedy

Immigrant Action endorses the following candidates for the New York State Assembly:

District 6 (Suffolk): Phil Ramos*

District 22 (Nassau): Michaelle Solages

District 25 (Queens): Nily Rozic

District 34 (Queens): Michael DenDekker

District 40 (Queens): Ron Kim

District 42 (Brooklyn): Rodneyse Bichotte*

District 43 (Brooklyn): Diana Richardson*

District 44 (Brooklyn): Robert Carroll*

District 46 (Brooklyn): Pamela Harris*

District 47 (Brooklyn): William Colton

District 51 (Brooklyn): Felix Ortiz

District 74 (Manhattan): Brian Kavanagh

District 75 (Manhattan): Richard Gottfried

District 79 (Bronx): Michael Blake

District 80 (Bronx): Mark Gjonaj

District 83 (Bronx): Carl Heastie

District 84 (Bronx): Carmen Arroyo

District 85 (Bronx): Marcos Crespo*

District 86 (Bronx): Victor Pichardo*

District 87 (Bronx): Luis Sepulveda*

District 90 (Westchester): Shelley Mayer

District 91 (Westchester): Steven Otis

District 92 (Westchester): Thomas Abinanti

District 93 (Westchester): David Buchwald

District 95 (Westchester): Sandy Galef

District 136 (Rochester): Joseph Morelle

*Indicates candidates Immigrant Action also endorsed for the September 13 Primary election.

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Primary Victories Across the Board

All ten candidates Immigrant Action endorsed in the September 13 Primary Election won their races!

Here are the Senate candidates:

  • Marisol Alcantara (Manhattan)
  • Jamaal Bailey (The Bronx)

 

Here are the Assembly candidates:

  • Marcos Crespo (The Bronx)
  • Victor Pichardo (The Bronx)
  • Luis Sepulveda (The Bronx)
  • Pamela Harris (Brooklyn)
  • Robert Carroll (Brooklyn)
  • Rodneyse Bichotte (Brooklyn)
  • Diana Richardson (Brooklyn)
  • Phil Ramos (Suffolk)
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New Yorkers Head to the Polls: Immigrant Action Endorsed Ten Candidates

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Immigrant Action is proud to endorse these candidates for the September 13 Primary Election.

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Immigrant Action Endorses Seven Candidates for September 13 Primary Election

Press inquires contact: Anu Joshi, anu.joshi [at] nysiaf [dot] org or (828) 469-7423

New York, NY — Today, Immigrant Action, one of the largest 501(c)(4) immigrant rights groups in the country, endorsed seven Assembly candidates for the quickly approaching September 13 Primary Election. All of these candidates have demonstrated a commitment to immigrant rights and fighting for concrete victories for New York immigrant communities.

Steve Choi, Executive Director of Immigrant Action, commented, “Immigrant Action is dedicated to supporting candidates and elected officials who will fight for immigrant communities and support humane immigrant policies. These seven candidates represent the values that Immigrant Action fights for, and that New York immigrant communities care about. We are proud to support their candidacies.”

“As Chairman of the Assembly Task Force on New Americans, Marcos Crespo (AD 85) held critical statewide forums on health and education issues affecting New York’s immigrant population. He was also successful in shepherding an important anti-fraud measure to protect immigrants.”

Phil Ramos (AD 6) has a long history of supporting immigrant rights, including fighting for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants living in New York. He has been an advocate as a member of the Assembly, and we need members like him fighting for us.”

“As an Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda (AD 87) has fought for driver’s licenses for immigrants and for offering Halal food options during school lunch, just a few examples of how Victor understands and reacts to the needs of New York’s immigrant communities.”

“As the son of immigrants from Santo Domingo in the  Dominican Republic, Victor Pichardo (AD 86) will work hard to support those members of our community who want to become citizens of this great country. He is a strong public servant.”

Robert Carroll (AD 44) will be a strong progressive voice for immigrant rights in the New York State Assembly. He is committed to representing the needs of working class and immigrant families in Albany.”

“As the first Haitian-American woman elected in New York City, Rodneyse Bichotte (AD 42) has demonstrated that she is committed to connecting immigrant community members to the resources they need to survive and thrive. We’ll be lucky to have her as a voice for immigrants in Albany.”

“As a long-time Crown Heights resident of West Indian descent Diana Richardson (AD 43) has proven she’s a fighter for working families and immigrant communities. We’re proud to support her in her race.”

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