This post provided by Robb Smith, Executive Director Interfaith Impact of New York, member at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, NY
The Hispanic Coalition New York, Interfaith Impact of NYS (New York’s UU legislative ministry), a representative of ARISE (interfaith congregation-based community organization), and representatives of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign from the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany held a press conference Friday in Albany. The purpose was to commemorate International Migrants Day and ask NYS Governor David Paterson to rescind an agreement that New York State secretly signed last May with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement that unjustly targets immigrant communities and families.
View TV news coverage of the press conference here:
We are deeply concerned about the terrible impact that implementation of this agreement could have on minority immigrant communities, families and children. It opens the door to mass deportations, the destruction of productive lives, and the dehumanizing of strangers in our midst. New York owes a special debt to immigrants, and to treat them in this way is a betrayal of our deepest values.
Nationwide, more than 1,000 persons are deported every single day. The impact this is having on minority working class communities is incalculable. Arguments that a few criminals are caught in the ICE dragnets do not justify treating an entire class of persons as criminals. That is not the American way, and certainly not New York’s way. New York is not Arizona.
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