Through hosting citizenship classes at the Riverhead Free Library, Millie Rios often fields questions from her students regarding immigration policies and consequences — especially since Donald Trump has taken office.
Ms. Rios said she’s always made an effort to answer the questions herself or bring speakers to class, but decided the community at large would benefit from a larger public forum.
Last month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched a series of operations across the country, prompting discussions about how local police departments should handle immigration.
Police chiefs on the North Fork have shown that they’re on the same page when it comes to policies involving undocumented immigrants, which remain unchanged and ultimately leave matters of immigration up to federal officials and ICE.
Based on what I’m seeing daily in the mainstream media (and in some of our recent Super Bowl ads) it appears that it has now become racist/xenophobic (if not downright evil) to deny illegal immigrants U.S. residence — including most of the benefits of citizenship. READ
Concepcion Choy of Riverhead is an immigrant from Guatemala who has lived in the United States for 12 years. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)
A social media post early Thursday morning from Aldo’s Coffee in Greenport read: “We are open on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and every other national holiday. Today, we are closed.”
This message was accompanied by a photo of a sign that read “In support of our people and #ADayWithoutImmigrants.”
The neighborhood south of the railroad tracks in Greenport Village is called West Dublin because it was once inhabited by Irish people who came to work on the railroad or at the brick factories. READ
I support the temporary entry restriction from certain nations until the administration, Congress and the American people know with confidence that any individual being granted admission does not pose a threat to our security. READ
To the editor:
Diana Gordon’s Guest Spot gave us a summary of an activists’ conference on immigrant integration and a few suggestions for local action. READ
The following are a collection of letters that ran in the Nov. 26 edition of The Suffolk Times: READ
Attorney Christopher Worth, of The Law Office of Christopher Worth in Riverhead, addressed the Chamber of Commerce Thursday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
Though President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform have stalled in federal court, the policies’ potential impacts on the local level is still much on the minds of some business owners.
Immigration attorney Christopher Worth, who has offices on East Main Street in Riverhead, tried to respond to concerns during a Thursday morning Chamber of Commerce event in Riverhead called Eggs and Issues.
Workers at a farm off Sound Avenue in Riverhead in 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Business owners in local sectors long dependent on immigrant labor offered mixed views Friday on President Barack Obama’s executive action that will allow temporary worker status to millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
While most farmers, winery and restaurant owners interviewed welcomed the policy shift, several had reservations on how it came about. (more…)