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More than 70 people from numerous advocacy groups gathered Tuesday in downtown Syracuse to urge Congressmember John Katko to take a strong stance against racism. 

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Hamdi Farah knew in college that she wanted to be a teacher for the younger refugee children in Syracuse’s Somali-American community, but she had doubts about the idea. How could she teach them English, for example, when she wasn’t always sure of correct spellings herself?

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Aromas of curry, cumin, turmeric, onions and other spices fill the room as goat curry cooks in a huge pot on the stove. Meanwhile, various dishes from cuisines around the world are served to customers.  “It’s a blessing to feed people who were fasting the whole day; it’s a really beautiful benefit from God,” says Tatyana Mahmud.

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As a high school junior in Puerto Rico, Rita Paniagua decided to fulfill a civic engagement requirement by teaching English to schoolchildren in an impoverished village west of San Juan, where she lived.

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It’s Christmas in May in Jan-Juba Arway’s house. A “Happy Holidays” decal adorns a wall in the living room with five stockings around it, one for Arway and each of her kids. A Christmas tree topped by a glittery gold star anchors a corner of the room.

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President Trump is unveiling an immigration plan that would vastly change who's allowed into the United States. The administration's proposal focuses on reducing family-based immigration to the U.S. in favor of employment skill-based immigration. Watch his remarks from the White House Rose Garden live.

Stay tuned for 88.3 FM, WAER to additional coverage of President Trump's immigration plan.   

Syracuse Protesters Gather to Speak Out Against Trump's 'Fake Emergency'

Feb 18, 2019
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About 100 protesters used the occasion of President’s Day to gather in front of the federal building in Syracuse to speak out against the sitting President.

A Syracuse University researcher is trying to take the politics and emotions out of illegal immigration and border security, even with the president's address to the nation Tuesday evening. 

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A group of local activists gathered outside the Federal building on this Christmas Eve to voice their displeasure about President Trump’s proposed border wall and the partial government shutdown.  Members of the CNY Solidarity Coalition and the Syracuse Peace Council want their elected Senators and Congress-members to know where they stand. 

The group held signs.  One read, “Money for jobs and education; NOT for the wall and deportation."  The CNY Solidarity Coalition’s Peter McCarthy hopes their messages will be heard and taken to Washington.

Syracuse Resident Camps Out at Southern Border to Assist Asylum Seekers

Nov 30, 2018
Provided photo / Sheila Sicilia

A Syracuse woman has traveled more than 2,700 miles to the southern border near Tijuana to support the Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States.  The Trump administration is sending 15,000 troops to the border in an effort to stop the so-called “caravan” from entering the US.  WAER News caught up with Sheila Sicilia via a shaky phone line, and she says the migrants are fleeing dictators and violence that have been perpetuated by decades of flawed US policy.