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Feb 16, 2017 6:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Local Businesses Close For A Day, Join Nationwide 'Day Without Immigrants' Protest

Paola Zuniga of Flanders protests in Hampton Bays on Thursday afternoon. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Feb 21, 2017 11:23 AM

Several South Fork businesses owned by or that employ immigrants closed for the day last Thursday, February 16, joining in the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” protest that also included a march in Hampton Bays that attracted an estimated 300 people.

The purpose of the daylong protest was to show how important immigrants are to the U.S. economy and the country’s way of life. Across the country last Thursday, immigrants didn’t show up for work, didn’t send their children to school, and didn’t purchase anything from stores.

Isabel Sepulveda, owner of Isa Consignment on East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays, closed up shop as part of the protest.

“I was going to close no matter what,” said Ms. Sepulveda, a Southampton resident who is originally from Chile. “I’m an immigrant. Even if I am a citizen now, I’m still an immigrant. I support people who aren’t citizens yet.

“The way I see it, this country was formed with immigrants,” she continued. “Who was here before? It was the Native Americans. Everyone else [are] immigrants. We all came from different places.”

Juan Pablo Medina, owner of Mitad Del Mundo Express on North Main Street in East Hampton, followed suit and closed his shop for the day to support the nationwide protest. “We closed down that day for the cause and told employees we weren’t going to be open,” he said.

Ms. Sepulveda pointed out that while she was marching in Hampton Bays last Thursday, she also observed several other hamlet business owners who most likely closed their doors to participate in the show of protest. The employees of those shops were among the hundreds of people who marched along the sidewalk on Montauk Highway that afternoon, with many waving handmade signs.

The signs expressed the fear that some immigrants have about the new national immigration policies being rolled out under President Donald Trump and worries about potential U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids targeting undocumented immigrants. One man held a sign reading, “No More Deportations” while another down the road held a sign that stating, “I Am America.”

Luis Jarro, one of the owners of Latin Express in East Hampton, explained on Monday that he received some backlash for not closing his convenience store on Park Place in East Hampton Village last Thursday. “Six or seven people for the protest came to my store, banging on the windows, yelling at my front desk receptionist and the people waiting at the front,” Mr. Jarro recalled. “They were yelling at us to close the store that day. We support our community, but we also have good relations with the people who come in here for our service.”

Others in the community, including the employees of businesses that remained open on February 16, did not come to work that day as a form of protest. Mario DeRosas of Southampton, a landscaper, was one of those individuals. Instead of reporting to work, Mr. DeRosas said he and his wife, Karla Ayala, took part in the march that started near the Friendly’s in Hampton Bays and ended about a half mile east at the Church of St. Rosalie.

“I’m here because I think everyone deserves to be here,” said Ms. Ayala as she marched last week. “This land was made by immigrants, and, being a daughter of immigrants, it’s sad to see how they are treated. Not everyone gets the privilege to be born here. And I just stand with them, because I know what it’s like to be from a family with immigrants.”

The couple noted that many of their friends protested by not going to work and by refraining from shopping, with Mr. DeRosas noting that the latter proved to be difficult. “It was hard not to buy anything,” he said.

The march ended with a vigil inside St. Rosalie’s church.

“People are asking, ‘When will you do this again?’” said Dulce Rojas of Centereach, who helped organize the march with the nonprofit organization SEPA Mujer, based in Islandia. “People are feeling empowered.”

Ms. Rojas explained that her organization has two local chapters, one in Riverside and another in Hampton Bays, and that last week’s march was planned because people in those communities asked for one. To ensure the event went smoothly, Ms. Rojas reached out to Southampton Town Police ahead of time to make sure they were aware of what the organization was planning. “They were friendly,” she said of the local authorities.

Police kept close tabs on events last week, including when marchers were faced with a small counter-protest about halfway through their walk. A handful of people stood on the opposite side of the street holding signs, with one reading “When They Jumped The Fence They Broke The Law.”

The signs inspired a chant from the marchers: “We Are American!”

Several of those in attendance said they marched because they are tired of living in fear of being discriminated against—and, more recently, worries that ICE agents are looking to deport either them or their friends and family members. So far, there have been no reported incidents of ICE agents conducting enforcment on the South Fork, beyond searches for undocumented people facing criminal charges, which have been routine in recent years.

“We’re a strong community here on the East End,” said Paola Zuniga of Flanders, who was among the people to contact SEPA Mujer to request the march. “We’re not afraid.”

Stephanie Martinez, who graduated from the Hampton Bays High School in 2008, added that most of those who participated in the march are in the country because they are looking to live “the American dream.”

“We don’t come here to hurt anyone,” Ms. Martinez said. “We come here to live a better life than we did before.”

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I don't think anyone is denying the immense value these immigrants bring to our county. The U.S.A. is a lifeboat for many as it was for my grandparents but they were certainly vetted before they came in. The point is this life boat can sink if we are not careful. Criminals do not have right to be here period. If I was a criminal I would be in jail just like anyone else and my family would be broken up. My advice to these illegal immigrants is to stop believing the hype you are told you are being ...more
By realistic (465), westhampton on Feb 16, 17 6:41 PM
You are conflating two different but related issues here. One is Trump's proposed mass deportation of all immigrants who came here illegally. The other is Trump's complete immigration ban on people from seven countries, even those who have valid, legal visas and have already gone through years of vetting.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 7:52 AM
it is a "temporary" ban because the process of vetting in those countries is suspect.
By fishy (91), East Hampton on Feb 17, 17 10:26 AM
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Chances of your grandparents being vetted at all are minimal. Back in the day, they saved their $, went down to the port and got on a boat to Amerikay.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Feb 19, 17 4:03 PM
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LEGAL immigration makes us strong
By bigfresh (4546), north sea on Feb 16, 17 8:02 PM
So do you agree it's a shame that the GOP and President Trump are trying to scale back LEGAL immigration dramatically?
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 7:46 AM
The lady in the picture holding the sign says " No Human Being is Illegal" Thats an interesting thought. Who is she to make laws now?? Is she now our president?? Does she understand the impact on open borders and anyone being able to come into our country ??Would she be O.K. with anyone moving next door to her, their kids overcrowding the schools and the way of life she knew??Completely unvetted? Probably not contributing into our systems, leaving her only to pay for schools, hospitals, roads and ...more
By Hank1 (20), Sag Harbor on Feb 16, 17 8:03 PM
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No one gets, if you're an immigrant and here legally it's not an issue, Welcome to America, But who decides which laws should be enforced and which ones can be ignored? How about everyone decides that traffic laws don't apply to them, so we don't go to traffic court, we don't pay the fines, we drive with suspended licenses, forget buying automobile insurance, etc. Is the government going to say, "oh yeah, leaves those people alone"? I don't think so. If we're not going to enforce our laws, ...more
By HamptonDad (235), Hampton Bays on Feb 16, 17 8:20 PM
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"Mario DeRosas of Southampton, who works as a landscaper, stayed home from work to protest with his wife, Karla Ayala" So now we're landscaping in February?
By hamptons2009 (12), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 8:22 PM
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A neighbor just had two big trees cut down Thursday and Friday by a landscaping company. I imagine work is slow this time of year but there is still some to be had.
By baywoman (165), southampton on Feb 19, 17 8:49 PM
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A neighbor just had two big trees cut down Thursday and Friday by a landscaping company. I imagine work is slow this time of year but there is still some to be had.
By baywoman (165), southampton on Feb 19, 17 8:49 PM
Makes a lot of sense waving the Mexican flag and having signs in Spanish. How about the sign that says undocumented not a criminal.. no that makes you a criminal
By bigblue84 (89), Hampton Bays on Feb 16, 17 8:39 PM
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Break our law, pay no taxes, use our services, use our schools all on legal citizens backs? Don't let the door hit you in the ass.
By chief1 (2768), southampton on Feb 16, 17 10:10 PM
The protesters and their supporters conflate illegal immigration and legal immigration to legitimize illegal immigration. By calling all forms of immigration (legal and illegal) simply "immigration" they seek to do away with "illegal immigration" all together. What they really want is open borders so that anyone can travel freely between countries the same as people travel between states. This is part of the larger goal of an eventual borderless world ruled by one government. Powers far stronger ...more
By HB90 (163), southampton on Feb 16, 17 10:10 PM
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With all due respect, what are you talking about? Did you read this on Breitbart? I don't know a single person who thinks the government show allow completely open borders. What these people are fighting for is amnesty for some people who came here illegally. Those are two entirely different things.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 7:57 AM
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Sounds like a conspiracy theory to me!
By S'hamptonNative (83), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 2:11 PM
Which ones that came illegally get the amnesty? The ones who came 10 years ago? 5 years ago? 2years? 2 months?

If you came here illegally, you are here illegally. Trying to figure out who get's amnesty and who doesn't simply does not work.
By bb (907), Hampton Bays on Feb 22, 17 8:55 PM
I am an immigrant who came to the US about 20 years ago after patiently waiting 5 years for a visa. Went to school, learned english (I was the one coming to a new country so I needed to learn the language), enrolled in the selective service, landed a great job, and am now a proud owner of a home. Paying taxes just like every other citizen. My rant is solely geared towards illegal immigrants. With all that being said, I simply cannot believe the level of brazenness by these protesters. They ...more
By lucuma (1), Hampton Bays on Feb 17, 17 12:17 AM
What a bunch of clowns and ignorant hoodlums. Really, do these people think the US is the one country in the work that should not have control over its borders? That we owe the world's poor something? If they are that diligent why can't they stay in their own country and make it better instead of coming here? I'm all for controlled legal immigration but we should accept only those people that are in our interest - those with skills, education or abilities who will make our industrial output more ...more
By Funbeer (269), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 1:56 AM
How ignorant to believe they are entitled to break the laws of the US. So here they are waving a flag from another country to tell us they have no respect for our laws. Their employers should be heavily fined. Smarten up all you people who hire illegals to clean your houses and mow your lawns you are no better than them.
By BeachGal (72), Hampton Bays on Feb 17, 17 7:13 AM
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By BeachGal (72), Hampton Bays on Feb 17, 17 7:13 AM
The SH Press should have included the unbelievable flier advertising this disrespectful protest!! The pink flier read " To the President: Without us and our contribution this country is paralyzed" It instructed the illegal immigrants NOT to go to work yesterday! Not to buy anything! Not to send your children to school. And NOT to open their business' !! So , what kind of message does this send to America? I see this as a slap in the face to the country who welcomes them with open arms , provides ...more
By toes in the water (881), southampton on Feb 17, 17 7:58 AM
I do not support illegal immigration in any way. I just think people are being ignorant and unrealistic when they call for deportation of all undocumented immigrants (as Trump has done). Consider the following:

(1) Deportation of all undocumented immigrants (of which there are at least 11 million) would be prohibitively expensive. It would break the bank. Look up the numbers if you don't believe me.
(2) Adding to the cost of mass deportation would be the loss of roughly $12 billion ...more
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 8:22 AM
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Illegals have obliterated our schools, and services, and cost us billions. Your statistics are false news.
By chief1 (2768), southampton on Feb 17, 17 8:54 AM
I'm not arguing that illegal immigration doesn't cost us anything. Of course it does! And I strongly support tightening control at the borders to reduce illegal immigration.

However, what I'm asking people to do is to consider the undocumented immigrants who are already here and weigh the costs and benefits of deporting ALL of them (Trump's suggestion) vs. some sort of sensible amnesty program (i.e., those convicted of certain crimes, etc.).

And while I agree that illegal immigration ...more
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 9:29 AM
Sorry don't know how to edit my original post. I don't support amnesty for those convicted of certain crimes. I'm saying a sensible program would not allow those individuals to stay.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 9:30 AM
And then what? Overwhelm our already overburdened welfare system? You have been the one poster on here that cherry picks facts. The majority of illegals in the US have less than a 10th grade education, and would be entitled to seek welfare benefits. Sure illegals contribute to the tax base when they have no choice, but they suck 11.4 billion from the tax base in school, health, insurance, and housing. Illegals are historically larger families and as such put the burden on law abiding Americans. ...more
By Bayman3142 (248), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 11:45 PM
What you are describing is a type of amnesty program, which is exactly what I'm arguing for. My primary point is that mass deportation is absolutely not the answer. Please take a chill pill before you start calling me names and telling people to stop by my house.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 18, 17 9:07 AM
And Bayman, if you have such a problem with people who go out of their way to avoid paying taxes, I'm guessing there's no way you voted for Trump, right?
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 18, 17 9:10 AM
Sorry Bayman, I don't mean to sound hostile in any way. It's just that you came at me kinda harshly as if we have completely opposing views. The fact is we don't - we both support some sort of sensible amnesty program. That's all I'm arguing for. It's just tough when I see people on this site who support Trump and the "send them ALL back!" mentality when that makes absolutely no practical or economic sense. I understand the sentiment, but people need to be realistic.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 18, 17 9:16 AM
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I came at you harshly because you use the same argument as you did in the BLM thread, that everyone else is ignorant, when you don't even take the time to educate yourself. Did you ever get around to reading the list of demands? That's not to get off point, it's to get you to see you need to take the time before throwing ignorance into the equation. Deportation is "false news" severe penalties and a "pay to stay" is the answer. Then if they get stopped for any reason and found to be non compliant, ...more
By Bayman3142 (248), Southampton on Feb 18, 17 10:31 AM
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To be fair Bayman, I wasn't calling everyone else ignorant. I did say it's ignorant and unrealistic to support deportation of ALL undocumented immigrants, and I stand by that. You say that deportation is "false news" - besides not knowing exactly what you mean by that (maybe you could clarify), the point is that Trump ran on a campaign that promised deportation of ALL undocumented immigrants and it's a policy that many people support. I was asking people who support this policy - and there are many ...more
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 18, 17 11:47 AM
Hard to take a movement seriously when it's predicated on lies. Answer these simple questions.
1. Did the officers involved go out looking for trouble, or were they responding to a citizens complaint of criminal activity?
2. Would the outcome in all cases be different if the suspect did as was lawfully directed?
Two simple answers debunk the entire movement and could have saved those men's lives, and spared the assassination of all innocent cop's since. They were not choir boys, or ...more
By Bayman3142 (248), Southampton on Feb 19, 17 9:00 AM
It seems you think BLM is all about officer-involved shootings, which it's not. You have accused me of not educating myself but it's clear you haven't even looked into what the larger movement is fighting for.

Also, I want to reiterate that I don't necessarily support BLM itself because I agree they can be too extreme. I do, however, recognize that some of the issues they have tried to bring to people's attention are indeed real problems in this country that aren't being addressed. That's ...more
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 19, 17 3:11 PM
Give me 1 reason listed on the official website. Here is the platform...

Black humanity and dignity requires black political will and power. In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda. We are a collective that centers and ...more
By Bayman3142 (248), Southampton on Feb 20, 17 12:06 AM
You quoted the official website of The Movement for Black Lives, not BLM. They are not the same thing.

To answer your question though - I support the parts of BLM that argue against institutional racism, value diversity, and highlight the view that all people in this country should have TRULY equal rights, not just on paper but also in practice.

Your complaint that affirmative action has "for years made it harder to be white" just shows you don't understand how much harder it ...more
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 20, 17 10:15 AM
To respond to your comment about immigration: Who says that being American means you have to give up your cultural heritage completely? We are a diverse country and there's nothing wrong with that. Immigrants can want to be American while still identifying as Irish American, or German American, or Mexican American (Latin American is something different, by the way).

Do you have a problem when you see cars with an Irish or Italian flag sticker on the back? Do you get offended when you pass ...more
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 20, 17 10:16 AM
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 20, 17 10:17 AM
Our team grew through a very successful Black Lives Matter ride, led and designed by Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore, organized to support the movement that is growing in St. Louis, MO, after 18-year old Mike Brown was killed at the hands of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Mike Brown was an 18 year old thug. Mike Brown robbed a convince store with another thug Dorian Johnson. Dorian Johnson is a lying thug who should be held accountable in the assassination of innocent police ...more
By Bayman3142 (248), Southampton on Feb 21, 17 12:06 AM
"Whiteness is a priviledge"

Are you really that lost? Have you ever opened a history book? My "White Priveledge" came at a cost you just wouldn't understand up there in high castle. Why dont you take some time and consider racism isnt black and white, or maybe in your narrow mind it really is. Institutionalized racism, if you're really interested in seeing it end, has to start with BLM taking a cold hard look at what they think is racism and what is the result of individuals not doing what ...more
By Bayman3142 (248), Southampton on Feb 21, 17 7:46 AM
BLM grew after Mike Brown but initially started after the Trayvon Martin incident, which did not involve an officer and had a much more sympathetic victim. I don't defend every single unarmed person of color shot by police, but I also don't default to defending every single police officer either (and I have a lot of respect for people in uniform, as I have family members and friends in the police force).

I never said racism is black and white. Of course it's not. Of course it's complicated. ...more
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 21, 17 9:38 AM
"You've said you don't see color, but with all due respect that's absurd."

All due respect, you are the ignorant one assuming that my "subconscious mind" perceives the color of skin. I can tell you 100% right now I don't see color I see character. I've given you examples, asked you questions, made arguments for my stance. You have dodged all the while, not answering the most pressing questions. Typical for someone who deflects, denies, and cast blame. Your arrogance is second only to highat ...more
By Bayman3142 (248), Southampton on Feb 22, 17 12:25 AM
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We are obviously talking past each other, not to each other, and just plain disagree on a lot of issues.

The white privilege you are talking about is not the same thing I'm talking about. You say implicit bias doesn't exist when I trust the evidence that shows it does. You say you don't perceive color and I say that's impossible (and your examples to the contrary just suggest that you judge people based on what they're wearing, not based on their character, which is no better anyway). You ...more
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 22, 17 10:42 AM
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Why was Hampton Bays chosen to parade this group of protesters?.We provide jobs as we see each morning in the parking lot at movie house,we provide education but they appear to throw it back in our face.I suspect they feel they have the protection of the local church and the sisters that are guiding them.instead of supporting each other and working together this type of protest is pulling us apart.If you all are not happy with the work you perform or the education you receive in this community then ...more
By watchdog1 (541), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 11:52 AM
It's too bad that the day laborers can't afford to take a day off. We'd see how many of these fabulous Hamptons homes get built without them.
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Feb 17, 17 12:19 PM
Oh, and how many US citizens, ordinary Americans, can afford to take a day off? They don't have it any harder than anyone else.
By HamptonDad (235), Hampton Bays on Feb 17, 17 1:41 PM
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No more McMansions .....the horror ...!
By Sturgis (605), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 8:15 PM
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Feb 17, 17 8:16 PM appended by Sturgis
This was for HamptonDad....
By Sturgis (605), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 8:16 PM
~500,000 "ordinary Americans" attended the Women's march on Washington
By johnj (1017), Westhampton on Feb 20, 17 9:19 AM
Right, and the march in Washington was just 1 of 408 that took place in the U.S. All put together it was the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history, with 3.3-4.6M "ordinary Americans" taking part across the country. While it was on a Saturday, a huge number of people still had to take the day off (either on Friday and/or Saturday) and many had to travel pretty far in order to attend.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 20, 17 11:38 AM
We knew it was another byproduct of liberalism, but now the concept of getting a medal for just showing up makes sense.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Feb 22, 17 7:57 AM
I have no pity for the illegal and undocumented workers. If you want respect and rights, then take the necessary steps and start paying taxes and contributing to society. Enough feeling sorry them! There are hardworking American families struggling to make ends meet the right way, and it's a slap in the face to these families. Enough of the "poor me" crap.
By ArturoBandini (29), on Feb 17, 17 12:28 PM
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Protesters draping the American Flag over their shoulders do not respect America. I am American of Polish decendents that came here legally for poland. They had sponsors, housing and jobs before they left. They became Proud Citizens and paid into the system, no freebes.
Do not tell me why you deserve to be here. No other country will take you. Illegal is not undocumented.
By knitter (1858), Southampton on Feb 17, 17 12:34 PM
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In all the time since the Europeans pulled out, these cultures could not lift themselves up in their own countries. What do you think will happen to America once they overrun it? They will make a cesspool out of America, turning it into another turd hole like Honduras or Guatemala.This is a culture that does not respect the rule of law, where corruption is endemic, and where women are treated like baby making machines.
By Babyboo (292), Hampton Bays on Feb 17, 17 7:00 PM
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By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Feb 18, 17 10:14 AM
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By wrk (17), East Hampton on Feb 21, 17 1:29 PM
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Like the quote from Planet of the Apes, " Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours."
By Babyboo (292), Hampton Bays on Feb 17, 17 7:03 PM
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"One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction."

~ Oscar Issac as Nathan Bateman, Ex Machina (2015)
By Mr. Z (11554), North Sea on Feb 19, 17 1:58 AM
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Amanda, Hampton Bays Community did not join in... People were bussed in to make it look large. This was not a community march...
Please think how you word the head line. Report ALL the facts...
By knitter (1858), Southampton on Feb 18, 17 2:01 PM
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Thanks for hurting the businesses that employ you.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Feb 19, 17 12:04 AM
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What a horrible news report. The story is not true or balanced but shows how poor Southampton Press can be when reporting.

To state the headline, “Hampton Bays Joins Nationwide 'Day Without Immigrants' Protest”, is not true, not factual and has no place stating Hampton Bays joins this march. Our issues as a nation, is not about immigration, but illegal immigration. It has zero to do with Hampton Bays.

Once again the editors at Southampton Press leading a story about ...more
By GerryBayz (13), Hampton Bays on Feb 19, 17 12:29 AM
We all know this country was created by immigrants and that is truly what already makes America great, however, anyone who wants to come here and live here should do so through whatever process is in place to do it legally. I don't see why being here legally is such a big deal. If you are not here legally and you get deported then you only have yourself to blame.
By Rich Morey (370), East Hampton on Feb 22, 17 10:45 AM
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