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A Cornell University migration and human rights law professor says it appears that President Trump’s intention to more severely restrict immigration to the US is not based on public health or even economic concerns due to COVID-19.  

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Severe restrictions on people crossing our borders could present a problem for Central New York’s farmers.  The New York Farm Bureau is asking for state and federal help to make sure farms have labor to plant, harvest and produce food.

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Federal immigration officials are increasing pressure on New York to overturn the state’s Green Light Law.  Governor Cuomo passed the measure to protect undocumented and other immigrants from having their information and photos used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation.  ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence argues information from DMV records can be used during active investigations with an individual or at a crime scene…

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Syracuse-area community advocates say the detention of an undocumented Syracuse man for seven months without a court hearing points to serious flaws in the federal immigration system. 

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More than 50 Syracuse community members joined others across the nation Friday to protest the refugee camps along the Mexico-United States border.

“Close the camps!, close the camps!, close the camps!...” they chanted.

Worker’s Center of Central New York organizer Kayla Kelechian says President Trump’s immigration policies are adding to a pre-existing problem. 

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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.