Poll: Most LIers support immigration reform
June 11, 2013 • By VÍCTOR MANUEL RAMOS firstname.lastname@example.org
Most Long Island voters support a broad federal immigration reform plan to strengthen enforcement while granting legal status to millions of immigrants, according to a new poll.
Eight of 10 Long Islanders surveyed said they "somewhat" or "strongly" favor a bill, which moved to full Senate debate Tuesday, described by poll-takers as a four-pronged plan to strengthen border security; require employers to verify workers' legal statuses and give "undocumented immigrants" a path to earned citizenship while increasing job visas.
Did you hear the news? Last week the Long Island Civic Engagement Table and NAACP of Islip, joined by more than a dozen allied community and labor organizations, hosted a community forum with U.S. Congressman Peter King in Brentwood.
Rep. King faced tough questions from a panel of community residents. In response to one question on immigration, Rep. King publicly announced his openness to comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. This is a major step forward for our movement!
Click through to read Newsday's coverage of the event, and click here to see more photos of the evening on Facebook!Read more
Tomorrow (Tuesday), May 21, is a tremendously important day: Election Day! All across Long Island, voters will be casting their ballots in school board and budget elections. Make sure you join thousands of your neighbors and go out and vote!Read more
LIers head to D.C. for immigration-reform rally
More than 1,000 New Yorkers were among rivers of people who marched through the streets of Washington on Wednesday calling for reform that would allow millions of immigrants to not just live and work in the country but also to some day join it as proud Americans.
National immigration advocates estimated that anywhere from 75,000 to more than 100,000 people descended on the Capitol and the west lawn of the National Mall to say that it's time to give immigrants in the country illegally a chance to come out of hiding and pursue their dreams.
Close to 200 people were immigrants and their supporters from Long Island who departed early Wednesday from Brentwood and Hempstead [led by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, Make the Road New York, Local 1199, CARECEN, SEPA Mujer, and New York Communities for Change], and were joined by hundreds more from New York City.Read more