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Feb 20, 2017 2:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Immigrants Share Fears Of National Policies, ICE Raids

Hundreds of people packed the Queen of the Most Holy rosary Church in Bridgehampton on Tuesday evening for a forum hosted by OLA.  DANA SHAW
Feb 22, 2017 12:24 PM

The walls of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton were lined with people Tuesday night as hundreds of immigrant men and women sought to learn what they can do in the wake of President Donald Trump’s new national immigration policies and potential U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids.

The leaders of Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, a nonprofit that works to inform, empower and celebrate the East End’s Latino and Hispanic communities, quickly put together Tuesday night’s forum to discuss the issues now facing the South Fork’s community of immigrants, many of whom are now living in fear over possible deportation.

And it appears that their concerns are well-founded, according the panel of experts who otherwise tried to comfort the estimated 400 people gathered inside the church.

Minerva Perez, executive director of OLA, said she thought it was important to bring in experts—including officials from Empire Justice of East Islip, Latino Justice of New York City, Make The Road New York of New York City, and Christopher Worth, an East Quogue attorney who specializes in immigration issues—to address their concerns and answer specific questions about new national immigration policies.

“There is a lot of fear in the community—and there is good reason for that,” Mr. Worth said.

The attorney explained that, in the past, the federal government was primarily focused on undocumented immigrants wanted for serious crimes, and especially felonies, noting that those were the primary targets of ICE agents for deportation. But under new policies, Mr. Worth warned that those who are in the country illegally could now face possible deportation for less serious crimes and offenses—a shared fear among many in the immigrant community.

“It’s important to know who your neighbors are,” Mr. Worth said, suggesting that those immigrants who are in the country legally should strive to find out if their fellow tenants are undocumented and, therefore, potential targets.

Ms. Perez noted that many people in the immigrant community are afraid of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, or getting their permanent residency taken away. She pointed out that the rampant rumors of local sightings of ICE officials, paired with reports in the national media of ICE raids in other states, including those on the Mexican-American border, are heightening the fears among the East End’s immigrants. So far there have been no reports of ICE sweeps on the South Fork.

Members of Tuesday night’s panel of experts helped explain what constitutional rights immigrants have—including the right to remain silent—and gave them tips on how to prepare themselves for potential interactions with ICE agents.

“It’s not a crime to be an immigrant,” Cheryl Keshner, a senior paralegal with Empire Justice, told those in attendance, an observation that was followed by a roaring applause.

Still, she also offered a few tips for immigrants so they can be properly prepared whenever they are confronted by ICE agents. Her tips included always carry identification, memorize their immigration identification numbers and keep all legal documents in a safe place.

Ms. Keshner also stressed that, especially for those who are undocumented and have spouses and children, that they quickly establish emergency plans in case they eventually face deportation, explaining that they could be sent away without their families.

A few of those sitting on the panel suggested that they put in writing who they would want to take care of their children if they are eventually deported. They also suggested that the safest option, if they want their children to be able to remain in the country, is to entrust their safety to a documented citizen. Officials also suggested that parents give a set of their house keys to another trusted individual, writing down a list of medical information for their children, and keeping a list of emergency contacts that a friend could use if the parents are deported.

One audience member using an index card that was then read aloud asked for advice on how to talk about the current situation with their children.

“It’s most important to tell your children you love them,” Ms. Keshner said. “And that you will have someone to care for them until you can be together again.”

Even though the immigrants gathered Tuesday had the support of several dozen citizens also in attendance, there was still a considerable amount of fear in the room. Ms. Perez started the meeting by giving strict instructions to attendees not to post any pictures or video from the gathering on social media if they contain images of individual faces. OLA recorded the two-and-a-half hour meeting on an iPad, focusing on panel members, and later posted the recording on its Facebook page. The video was posted in hopes of sharing it with those too afraid to attend Tuesday night’s meeting.

To that end, numerous audience members declined to be interviewed, citing similar concerns.

Last Thursday, February 16, hundreds of immigrants from across the East End, including both documented and undocumented individuals, participated in the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” protest that culminated with a march in Hampton Bays. Though an estimated 300 people marched, many undocumented immigrants opted to stay home because they were afraid of ICE officials showing up.

“Some people don’t feel comfortable to meet here today,” Paola Zuniga of Flanders said at last week’s march. “I know there are a lot of people who are afraid because there [are] rumors that are going around about immigration. That’s the point of being here—to show up and say we’re here. We’re not enemies; we’re friends. And we want to be part of the community and be involved.”

Over in East Hampton, Father Gerardo Romo of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church said he has also observed a lot of growing fear in his community. “It’s heartbreaking to see people living in fear,” said Father Romo, a legal immigrant from Mexico. “Especially good people—good people in the community.”

Father Romo said immigrants in the community have good reason to fret—pointing to two reported sighting of ICE officials in Springs within the past week. “I heard last week that ICE is looking for a specific criminal case, but they always try to get more than what they are looking for,” he said. “Or at least that’s my impression.”

Father Romo was referring to an incident last week where ICE investigators were spotted in East Hampton searching for an unidentified individual wanted on multiple felony charges. Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo confirmed that the federal agents had been in the town but could offer few details about the initiative, including whether the individual was arrested.

Then, on Tuesday morning, Father Romo said he received a call from a day laborer who typically looks for employment at the East Hampton train station. The man told him that an ICE agent knocked on his sister-in-law’s door in Springs looking for a family member. The woman allegedly told the agent that the person they were looking for was not home, according to Father Romo. The agent then asked to enter the home but the woman refused after the official stated that he did not have a warrant.

“It’s really heartbreaking,” Father Romo said about the situation, noting that he was unable to attend Tuesday night’s meeting in Bridgehampton because he had taken a Hampton Jitney to Manhattan that afternoon so he could attend a class and learn more about immigration law.

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I do not speak Spanish,will there be a translator present?I speak English.
By watchdog1 (491), Southampton on Feb 20, 17 4:07 PM
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Why would you assume that English will not be spoken? Seems rather odd.

And let's face it, we both know you have no intention of attending.
By johnj (918), Westhampton on Feb 20, 17 4:38 PM
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Good question, watchdog1 - and of course - which language speaking group will be paying for the services of the translator?
By Vikki K (487), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 11:14 AM
Lets teach how to get around federal regulations so we can facilitate further law breaking.
By chief1 (2562), southampton on Feb 20, 17 5:34 PM
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I am just curious how this organization and its PAID executive director became the the voice of the Latino community on the east end - legal and illegal.. Who is funding this organization and what is there motivation? Some of these people are the hate and fear mongers. "The right thinks the left is wrong and the left thinks the right is evil".
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 20, 17 5:48 PM
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George Sorros funds OLA.

By auntof9 (132), Southampton on Feb 22, 17 11:16 PM
What are they going to do? Organize some local protests perhaps?
By Lets go mets (337), Southampton on Feb 20, 17 8:10 PM
NO MAS JUS SOLI.

JUS SANGUINIS.

YESTERDAY.
By Mr. Z (10704), North Sea on Feb 21, 17 12:16 AM
LEGAL SI ILLEGAL NO
By bigfresh (3905), north sea on Feb 20, 17 10:43 PM
JUS SANGUINIS.

YESTERDAY.
By Mr. Z (10704), North Sea on Feb 21, 17 12:16 AM
The Organization of Caucasian Americans will be hosting a forum to discuss the impacts of illegal immigration on the East End. The executive director of OCA, said the meeting will address the fears members of the local Caucasian community are currently experiencing with federal immigration laws and enforcement.
By Preliator Lives (324), Obamavillie on Feb 21, 17 6:42 AM
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LOL - but actually not so funny. The definition of discrimination is the treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which the person or thing is perceived to belong rather than on individual merit. OLA can do what they want, but it is when the Town Governments recognize this group over other such as "OCA" that they act in a discriminatory manner such as having OLA as part of the search for Police Chief ...more
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 21, 17 7:19 AM
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Possibly they can also bring an accountant so the ones who are not paying taxes can learn how to start doing that. If you want to be a part of the USA start paying taxes and it will be a good argument for later on.
By realistic (462), westhampton on Feb 21, 17 12:24 PM
Seems the employers of these persons are on the hook as well for lots of unpaid taxes. Care to include them in that equation?
By East End 2 (135), Southampton on Feb 21, 17 12:28 PM
That's not the way it works any more, the more skilled workers get LLCs and the contractor pays the LLC as an independent contractor and then issues a 1099.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Feb 21, 17 1:10 PM
No wonder our country is in the shape it is in - everyone's ethics have gone down the drain. Shameful.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 21, 17 1:58 PM
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Well even the President of the United States doesn't pay his taxes. He uses the losses from a bankruptcy of his casinos to shield his personal income and also counts the donation of rounds of golf at clubs his corporation owns, whether they are used or not, as charitable deductions. Not a great example for the rest of us, is it?
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Feb 21, 17 2:43 PM
davidf then change the tax and bankruptcy laws.
By realistic (462), westhampton on Feb 21, 17 5:59 PM
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You are correct but the employer is liable if his sub-contractors are not compliant with workers comp regulations. The contractor also needs to be certain any subcontractor has adequate liability insurance or face liability themselves.
By Arnold Timer (308), Sag Harbor on Feb 22, 17 8:44 PM
Is he breaking the law?
By chief1 (2562), southampton on Feb 21, 17 4:58 PM
Sexual predation and child rape are criminal acts.
He is in violation of the Constitution. One instance started on Day 1 with his DC hotel.
What is he hiding by refusing to show his tax returns. Further, the audit excuse is bogus. Not to mention he even failed to show proof of a notice of audit.
By June Bug (2208), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 22, 17 4:02 PM
davidj - there are many areas in the tax law that amazes me, but it is not tax evasion, it is tax avoidance and is legal. If employers are saying their employees are actually "subcontractors" - that is actually tax evasion and illegal.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 21, 17 6:48 PM
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Yes thanks for clearing that up for me. Rich people with clever accountants and attorneys who can finagle the system are avoiding taxes, poor people who are trying to put food on the table for their families are evading taxes.

President Trump is a real role model for our children. His manipulation of the system for his personal benefit and the way he evaded the draft during the Vietnam War -- or did he just avoid the draft? Genius. Patriotism at its best.

A true American hero.
By dfree (586), hampton bays on Feb 22, 17 8:03 AM
What poor people pay taxes? Donald Trump has paid billions in sales tax, withholding tax, income tax, real estate taxes, and every other tax thrown at him. Not to mention his employing tens of thousands of people.
As far as last night meeting goes these lawyers can bs all they want. If you are here illegally you have no legal defense.
By chief1 (2562), southampton on Feb 22, 17 10:52 AM
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Just for the record DJT does not "Pay" sales tax you do as a consumer he is only the collector!
By lursagirl (192), southampton on Feb 22, 17 2:11 PM
Are you saying DJT is not a consumer? Actually contractors generally pay the sales tax on the materials on a construction project - just for the record.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 22, 17 4:38 PM
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One group Donald Trump employed in NY on a building project - construction workers from Poland - were easily identifiable since they did not have and were not given hardhats to wear or safety harnesses - If you think he is on honest man - talk with any contractors he has employed - making the deal at the onset with one dollar value - and delivering a completely different dollar value once the job has been completed - He did the bait and switch by becoming president on one set of promises and by ...more
By Vikki K (487), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 11:21 AM
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Donald Trump has not paid any income taxes in many years, although his refusal to release his tax returns makes it difficult to understand why not. His corporation pays no taxes because his many bankruptcies and loss carry forwards shield any current profits from taxation and the overseas locations of many of his properties further obscure what taxes he has paid. Withholding taxes are included in the expenses of a corporate p&l and further reduce tax liabilities. Everyone, including undocumented ...more
By dfree (586), hampton bays on Feb 22, 17 1:46 PM
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For a parrot, your typing is amazing!?
By even flow (804), East Hampton on Feb 22, 17 4:15 PM
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Did anyone in the audience stand-up and say I don't want violent criminals living in my community either?
By Duckbornandraised (181), Eastport on Feb 22, 17 2:43 PM
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Did anyone in the audience stand-up and say I don't want violent criminals living in my community either?
By Duckbornandraised (181), Eastport on Feb 22, 17 2:44 PM
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Rev Romo you could have saved yourself the Jitney fare by attending the seminar in Bridghampton...oh how does one identify an ICE investigator ? I keep looking about for any sign of an ICE agent or a Guardian Angel just to say hi.
By watchdog1 (491), Southampton on Feb 22, 17 3:46 PM
dfree, Employers historically have inadvertently or purposely misclassified INDIVIDUALS as independent contractors and therefore did not pay SS Tax, unemployment, disability. LLC's can get a tax id number even if the person is an illegal immigrant and cannot get a SS# on their own. The IRS does not match 1009's to LLC with the same process as they do individuals. Some one very unethical is advising people how to conduct business on both ends. A lot of big businesses got caught years ago, maybe ...more
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 22, 17 4:02 PM
and I really don't if it is President Trump, an illegal immigrant or a contractor. No one should be evading taxes. Everyone I know legally avoids taxes by taking all the deductions they can on their tax returns.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 22, 17 4:34 PM
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Immigrants are not worried. We belong here. Fugitives and illegal aliens, like other criminals should be and rightly so. They broke the law. They aren't the victims. We are.
By even flow (804), East Hampton on Feb 22, 17 4:14 PM
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Using tax law to minimize the amount confiscated by THE IRS is legal and just good business
By bigfresh (3905), north sea on Feb 22, 17 5:24 PM
Can I drive with out of state plates for years on end with no insurance too? I could pay my daughters college tuition
By GregBall (19), Costa Mesa, California on Feb 22, 17 5:29 PM
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We are a nation of immigrants going back centuries, we is it that the current wave of immigrants from south of the border feel entitled to enter at will , without waiting their turn like those who came before them? Any of our open border fans here care to take a crack at that one?
By bigfresh (3905), north sea on Feb 22, 17 5:34 PM
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Bigfresh, couldn't agree more about tax avoidance - businesses and individually should do everything they can to legally minimize their tax liability. The underground cash economy on the East End is disgraceful and has ruined legal businesses. Cash laundering is known to fuel drugs and human trafficking...and oh yeah...the Catholic Church.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 22, 17 6:02 PM
Someone say crack?!!!
By GregBall (19), Costa Mesa, California on Feb 23, 17 5:18 PM
Throw them all out.
By Babyboo (248), Hampton Bays on Feb 22, 17 6:39 PM
It brought a tear to my eye when they all stood, placed their hand over their heart and cited the Pledge of Allegiance.
By Mr. Snerdley (392), Southampton on Feb 22, 17 8:53 PM
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Minerva Perez, executive director of OLA, said she thought it was important to bring in experts—including officials from "Empire Justice of East Islip, Latino Justice of New York City, Make The Road New York of New York City, and Christopher Worth, an East Quogue attorney who specializes in immigration issues"

These are your experts?
By fire11 (276), east hampton on Feb 22, 17 10:15 PM
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By fire11 (276), east hampton on Feb 22, 17 10:16 PM
is still ILLEGAL. Soros comes to Our Country and tries to change our ways and laws. Really don't think he is a citizen, probably holds a green card. He supports the liberals, Hillery, Bishop, Anna who all have lost because of the people's vote.
Many have been here for years and have not tried to become citizens, just a shame. They MUST become part of the system for the system to work.
I would welcome ICE here to check and fine the employers.
By knitter (1537), Southampton on Feb 23, 17 12:01 PM
Soros has been a legal U.S. citizen since 1961, not that this has to do with anything really.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 23, 17 1:34 PM
Also the reason why many people who've been here for years have NOT tried to become citizens is because there's no legal pathway for citizenship for them. Do you suggest we change that?
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 23, 17 1:36 PM
It seems to be people who make their living off of being a hate monger and fear monger, don't work fixing anything. If they work toward that end, they would put themselves out of a job. It is just like Sr. Mary Beth from Centro Corazon de Maria - she fought against code enforcement so that the people she represents can live in unsafe housing. They don't really want to help.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 23, 17 1:50 PM
First Soros is one of the most despicable people on the planet and please explain why there is no legal pathway to citizenship.
By Sturgis (468), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 8:31 AM
I guess the Editorial staff at the Press does not differentiate between people that come here legally (Immigrants) and people that broke the law and came here illegally (Illegal Immigrants). To make this story accurate please append "Illegal" before every instance of immigrant in this story.
By fishy (90), East Hampton on Feb 23, 17 4:07 PM
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No human being is illegal. The appropriate adjective is "undocumented", not "illegal".
By June Bug (2208), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 23, 17 4:59 PM
June Bug, the IRS "respectfully disagrees" - this is their definition lIlegal Alien - Also known as an "Undocumented Alien," is an alien who has entered the United States illegally and is deportable if apprehended, or an alien who entered the United States legally but who has fallen "out of status" and is deportable.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 23, 17 5:50 PM
PC speak JuneZ , nothing but liberal PC speak. One who comes into our nation without proper documentation is an ILLEGAL alien .
By bigfresh (3905), north sea on Feb 23, 17 7:25 PM
PC speak JuneZ , nothing but liberal PC speak. One who comes into our nation without proper documentation is an ILLEGAL alien .
By bigfresh (3905), north sea on Feb 23, 17 7:25 PM
To be politically correct is to be polite, decent, humane. To be otherwise is impolite, often inhumane, often crude, and often indecent. Having been properly raised, I'll stick with the former, thank you.

Illegality is a condition, not a person.
By June Bug (2208), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 23, 17 8:34 PM
Looking back on many of your posts I don't see polite, decent, humane....
By dnice (2340), Hampton Bays on Feb 24, 17 12:25 AM
Political correctness is nothing more than liberal intolerance taken to the extreme. Demanding certain phraseology and terms be changed to fit their warped sense of reality or else the exercise of that free speech is deemed "hateful" or some other buzzword pulled out of their posteriors. There is no right not to be offended, toughen up snowflake.
By bigfresh (3905), north sea on Feb 24, 17 8:28 PM
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By June Bug (2208), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 24, 17 9:48 PM
Cheaper than a wall is a simple sign:
As you cross this border, your share of the debt Obama irresponsibly ran up becomes $61,332.
Welcome.
By even flow (804), East Hampton on Feb 24, 17 5:07 AM
More lies. Just like Drumpf.

Deficits skyrocketed post Clinton, and revenue dropped like a stone. The interest to be serviced by the debt has been at least 200 billion or more for over a decade.

FRED has all the statistics and graphs you could want, and they show you to be PANTS ON FIRE.
Feb 24, 17 7:03 AM appended by Mr. Z
"By a few metrics, debt has doubled during the Obama presidency. The blame though is not only on him because some of the debt increase over the past eight years was already expected to occur, and Congress had to approve bills that increased the debt. Interestingly, debt held by the public would double again by 2024 under Trump's proposed plans – so while he is right about what's happened under President Obama's watch, his plan will make the problem worse."
By Mr. Z (10704), North Sea on Feb 24, 17 7:03 AM
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By even flow (804), East Hampton on Feb 24, 17 7:07 AM
Junebug, how is following the law, inhumane?
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 24, 17 7:05 AM
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Here is another definition for you JuneBug Anarchy a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority. Some illegal immigrants say they have left because of the anarchy in their countries and then don't want (or can't because of their status) follow the laws of the US and bring the anarchy to the U.S. They you have those that get paid to "advocate" since they probably can't get real jobs that add to the economy paid by the contributions from the left.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 24, 17 7:17 AM
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Sadly, the US government caused alot of the anarchy in Central America by backing brutal dictators in the cause of anti-Communism. Do we get alot of refugees from Nicaragua where the US backed insurgency failed? No. We get them from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Remember Colonel North in the White House trading weapons to Iran for money to buy cocaine in Central America to find the Contra rebels in Nicaragua? We reap what we sow.
By dfree (586), hampton bays on Feb 24, 17 8:11 AM
I would not say we caused the problems, but we certainly did not help either because of the US Government pretending that they were not aware of what was happening or inept foreign policy. Parts of the middle east are now uninhabitable. There is no easy fix, but we need to start somewhere.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 24, 17 9:04 AM
How about we "start" by funding hospitals and schools both in the United States and in Central America. Instead of spending money on a big wall that will have a thousand tunnels underneath it in a week. Don't we remember the best line President Reagan ever uttered? "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!"
By dfree (586), hampton bays on Feb 24, 17 9:28 AM
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SHRES, there is a way to legally become a citizen. My grand parents came to the US on a visa and worked here and became citizens, LEGALLY. They did not come illegally.
There is a way to do it legally.
By knitter (1537), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 10:23 AM
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yes - they can become legal citizens and then pay taxes and vote as citizens should...
By Vikki K (487), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 11:13 AM
People who break the law should fear arrest and deportation - share your fears - fine - but seek citizenship please...
By Vikki K (487), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 1:12 PM
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I want a level playing field . Take away all the free stuff and pay for it , just like the rest of us legal immigrants .
By AndersEn (157), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 3:28 PM
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Dtree, I know people that vacation and buy homes in Mexico and other Latin American Territories. No one I know is vacating in Syria or Afghanistan. Do you? If 1/2 of the financial backers to the hate and fear mongers and activists would put their money to good instead of evil, the world would be much better off. Not everything needs to come from the tax dollars of U.S. Citizens.
By HB Proud (888), Hampton Bays on Feb 24, 17 3:33 PM
Take away the free stuff and they will leave. I go to the pharmacy and pay a co-pay. Others come in a get it free. What do you pay? You are paying extra to make up the difference.
I had a union job, they must have a better union...
By knitter (1537), Southampton on Feb 25, 17 8:11 AM
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"According to Lieutenant Commander Nate Christensen, a Department of Defense spokesman, Hispanics currently comprise 11.4 percent of the active-duty military forces (more than 157,000 people). In 2011, 16.9 percent of all new recruits were Hispanic. Jan 1, 2013"

"Catholic Europeans (mostly Irish) who served in the predominantly Protestant U.S. Army felt marginalized and saw a resurgence of their own struggles in Erin on this foreign land. It is mostly the story of Jon Patrick Riley, who ...more
By dfree (586), hampton bays on Feb 25, 17 8:48 AM
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Why does the current wave of illegals feel they are entitled to enter and stay in our country without going through the proper immigration channels, why does the PC liberals agree with them?
By bigfresh (3905), north sea on Feb 25, 17 11:10 AM
11 percent hispanic of AMERICAN HISPANIC origin. Legal immigrants that made a decision to make the US their country. Their children will be born here and be citizens, no longer immigrants.
Just think Columbus and others were immigrants at one time...
By knitter (1537), Southampton on Feb 26, 17 8:10 AM
I think it is so great that the town of greenport welcomes diversity so let all those now in Hampton bays seek shelter there and they wont fear of deportation any longer bravo someone wants immigrants.
By fyi (17), westhampton on Feb 26, 17 9:35 AM
Why do white people get arrested in sanctuary cities?
By SlimeAlive (1021), Southampton on Feb 26, 17 12:57 PM
I doubt there are many who do not embrace LEGAL immigration wholeheartedly. As stated many times , we are a country of immigrants but without secure borders we will cease to be a country
By bigfresh (3905), north sea on Feb 26, 17 1:42 PM
I can say, there are less illegals hanging around loitering. As a result, areas look less like a pigsty.
I like that it's cleaner looking. I find it hard to believe that people enjoy the trash and blithely appearance that illegals they bring.
Maybe a few ICE appearances would have them run back to the border.
By Rayman (58), southampton on Feb 27, 17 11:23 AM
Are undocumented residents of East Hampton and Southampton really our problem? And do you really think there are going to be ICE employees running around the East End herding the undocumented into internment camps, prepping them for deportation? Or do you think the local Town and County police will be all over this opportunity for expanded law enforcement?

"In 2014, government healthcare plans were 17.5 percent higher cost than the average citizen’s plan, and their employee contributions ...more
By dfree (586), hampton bays on Feb 28, 17 1:55 PM
Someone else made this comment and it's exactly what I thought when I read the headline "Immigrants share fears..." but that's wrong, Immigrants don't fear ICE, illegal immigrants/undocumented workers do. They fear. Those who broke the law are afraid. Finally.
By LocalEnthusiast (22), East Quogue on Feb 28, 17 1:57 PM
In related news, bank robbers, rapists, auto thieves, those passing bad checks, drug dealers, shop lifters, tax evaders, white collar criminals and cable tv pirates all fear the law.

Too bad sanctuary cities are only sanctuaries for illegal fugitives from other countries.
By SlimeAlive (1021), Southampton on Feb 28, 17 2:28 PM
I guess you won't vote for Mr. Cantwell again. Do you vote?

“The Town of East Hampton will not enter into such an agreement with the federal government,” Mr. Cantwell told a standing-room-only crowd in East Hampton Town Hall on Thursday night, February 16, drawing applause. “Our enforcement personnel are not immigration officers. It’s not what they do. We do not seek out illegal immigrants during enforcement actions.”
By dfree (586), hampton bays on Feb 28, 17 2:38 PM
gurney's, new year's eve, celebration, montauk