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NYIC RESPONDS TO TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS + PROTESTS POTUS VISIT TO NYC

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Siobhan Dingwall,  Main Phone: 510-685-6608,  E-mail: sdingwall@nyic.org
New York, NY  (Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

NYIC RESPONDS TO TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS + PROTESTS POTUS VISIT TO NYC

During his first 100 days in office, President Trump and his administration have attacked immigrant communities in the United States through a sweeping set of executive actions. These actions have included unconstitutional Muslim bans, efforts to stop refugee admissions, and increased immigration deportation and raids. On the President's first visit back to New York since taking office, the NYIC is organizing a massive protest outside Trump Tower on THURSDAY, May 4th from 6pm-8pm.

"In his first 100 days, Donald Trump threw everything but the kitchen sink at America's immigrants. But we're still here, and we're fighting back. Since day one, the New York Immigration Coalition has worked to successfully resist his senseless agenda and hateful policies that undermine our shared values," said Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition. "Although this has been a harrowing time for the immigrant community, one thing remains clear: this is still our New York, and we will fight to ensure that it remains a place for all of us.”

1. Within his first week in the White House, Trump issued a Muslim travel ban through an executive order blocking refugees and barring individuals from seven majority-Muslim countries, sparking nationwide protests. The NYIC was on the ground at JFK, working with an army of allies and volunteer lawyers to organize the rapid response which helped free many of those wrongfully detained. Thousands of New Yorkers responded to the NYIC's call to action by joining us at JFK to fight back against anti-American policies, and tens of thousands more rallied at Battery Park the very next day. Swiftly challenged in the courts, the initial executive order and a revised order were met with firm resistance and have not been implemented.

(View our statement here.)

2. An increase of deportations, raids, enforcement, and threats has created fear, uncertainty, and placed the safety of all Americans at risk. We witnessed the deportation of DACA-recipients, expansion of detention centers, and the threatening of sanctuary cities – all antithetical to our American values of fairness and justice. We continue to see the disregard for these values on a daily basis. Right now, the Trump administration has only a few weeks left to decide whether to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program to roughly 55,000 Haitians, who are at risk of deportation back to a country still wracked by natural disasters.

(View our statement here.)

3. The Department of Justice issued a wide-ranging memo that would expose U.S. citizens to criminal liability for "harboring" undocumented people in their homes, among other actions. This represents unprecedented federal overreach into American lives in an attempt to stifle opposition to the administration's vicious anti-immigrant policies.

(View our statement here.)

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The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees.The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

 

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