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50 Years of NY’s Caribbean Carnival Week! From a Dream to a Legacy: NY’s Greatest Show on Earth!
rooklyn, NY: On Thursday, August 31st, West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) kicks off the 50th Annual New York Caribbean Carnival Week (NYCCW) with Reggae Unda Di Stars, co-presented by born and
brewed Jamaican lager, Red Stripe and hosted by Irie Jam Radio. This funky Reggae party features Reggae Ambassadors Cocoa Tea, Ghanian Dancehall Reggae artist, Stonebwoy, and Brooklyn’s own Afrobeat songstress, WUNMI, performing popular hits like “She Loves Me Now,” “FYAH,” “My Name,” “Come From Far,” “Fit Body” and more! Along with a taste of “Marley magic” with an appearance by Grammyaward winning artist, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, commemorating his father’s visit to the same Brooklyn stage where he (Bob Marley) debuted “Uprising” and expressed enthusiasm and support for WIADCA’s efforts in bringing the community together by promoting diversity and tolerance through music and culture in NYC. Friday, September 1st celebrates the annual Summer Jam: Stay In School Concert & Youth Fest and in the evening at 8:00pm, the popular Brass Fest concert features Soca Ambassadors D’All Stars featuring Blaxx, 2017 Party Monarch King Ricardo Drue (Antigua), Teddyson John (St. Lucia), Lyrikal (Trinidad), Farmer Nappy (Trinidad), 2017 Road March King, Problem Child (St. Vincent), Lavaman (Grenada), King Bubba (Barbados) and 2017 Road March King MX Prime of Ultimate Rejects (Trinidad) and music by DJ Sounds 4
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September 4th ending with the 50th Anniversary of the New York Caribbean Carnival Parade, on the famed Eastern Parkway “cultural row” from 11:00am – 6:00pm. "We are blessed to have marked 50 years of Caribbean impact, culture, education, economic contribution, services and Carnival in New York State! This year we celebrate our long-standing partners and welcome new ones that will help sustain this legacy for the next 50 years. We look forward to a diverse, inclusive, and bright future as we welcome new members and volunteers from all walks of life and celebrate our stalwarts. Looking forward to seeing you all on the Parkway," says William R. Howard, WIADCA President. In celebration of WIADCA’s 2017 theme, From a Dream to a Legacy, this year’s Grand Marshals are Assemblyman Nick Perry (58th District), George Hulse (VP, Community Engagement, Healthfirst), Camille Joseph-Goldman (VP, Government Affairs, Charter Communications) and NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Honorary Grand Marshals: Hon. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Hon. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Frank Seddio Esq. (Chairman Kings County Democratic Party) and other corporate sponsors will lead the parade. For the fourth year, WIADCA will also have Junior Parade Grand Marshals: Actress Shahadi Wright of Lion King, Jahlani McCoy, Kimarley “Da Big Show” Simpson and London Lowe led by The Law Enforcement Explorers. l
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s Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo celebrates the birth of her child, I wonder, will she face the fears that thousands of mothers in her district face: “Will my child have a permanent place to live?” as her district has one of the highest rates of student homelessness and as she continues to pour money into her "Own Museum" and other cultural venues. As this new mother plots and plans numerous luxury developments and rezonings waiting for her approval, knowing they would further displace our children (according to In Zoned Out,
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J&J Ordered to Pay $417 Million in Trial Over Talc Cancer Risks
California jury recently ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company's talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury's verdict in favor of California resident, Eva Echeverria, was the largest yet in lawsuits alleging J&J failed to adequately warn consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.
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IN THE NEWS Barbados Trade Union Threatens to Name and Shame “Union Busting” Companies
arbados’ largest trade union is threatening to name and shame businesses that are trying to block it from representing workers’ interests. In fact, Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) General Secretary Toni Moore, said the union could encourage a boycott of one such guilty company. “We have some concerns where we have been experiencing a couple of companies – one most blatant – that has been engaging in union busting in 2017, in Barbados,” she said at a news conference to announce plans for the BWU’s upcoming annual delegates conference.
“Believe it or not, we still have to be dealing with the age-old challenge of some companies refusing the union recognition, refusing any attempt by the union to speak on behalf of people who
T&T Government Takes Issue with British Advisory on Terrorism
rinidad and Tobago have sent a clear message to the British government that its recent advisory warning nationals to be on high alert for possible terrorist attacks in the twinisland republic is unmerited. The advisory issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warned that “there is a general threat from terrorism in Trinidad and Tobago and that these attacks “could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.” It further warned that while there had been no recent attacks in Port of Spain, “more than 100 Trinidad and Tobago nationals have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight along with Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and are likely to pose a security threat on return.” The advisory drew an immediate response from the Keith Rowley administration, which held talks with the British High Commission. In a statement issued after the meeting, Trinidad officials insisted there was no intelligence
which called for the language used in the advisory. However, the British officials pointed that the “language on terrorism was included in May 2017” and there was no recent update. Trinidad emphasized that it had strengthened its efforts to counterterrorism at home and abroad. “The Government, through the Ministry of National Security, and in particular the various law enforcement authorities in Trinidad and Tobago, continues to work closely with our international allies, including the British, with respect to counter-terrorism and the sharing of intelligence, all aimed at ensuring that our citizens and persons in Trinidad and Tobago are safe. “Our law enforcement authorities continue to monitor the situation and to work assiduously to keep our citizens and visitors safe against any potential terrorist activity,” the statement added.l
Dominican Manufacturers Get a Helping Hand
anufacturers in Dominica are getting some much needed assistance from the Government. The Roosevelt Skerrit administration has outlined plans to establish a U.S.$5.5 million special loan facility to meet the needs of the manufacturing sector. “To be eligible, the manufacturer should be engaged in manufacturing in Dominica, and such eligibility will include new and existing manufacturers who are currently in active production. Startups will be channeled through the Invest Dominica Authority,” he explained during the recent 2017/2018 National Budget. The Prime Minister said he hoped the
measure would yield substantial benefits to the manufacturers and to the economy as a whole. “The terms of the special loan facility are: an interest rate of 3 percent; maturity of five to 12 years and; a grace period of up to 12 months for investments and three months for loans contracted for working capital,” he added. Skerrit, who is also finance minister, noted that for many years, only one company dominated the sector. And he made an appeal for other companies to begin making a more substantial contribution to manufacturing.l Read more news at www.cawnyc.com. Follow us on Facebook, @cawnyc
are registered members of this union, refusing any attempts by the Ministry of Labor to conciliate.” In one such instance last month, Moore said a company called in the police after a union representative had made an attempt at engagement. “It is our intention to expose these challenges to our conference and to take decisions up to, and including, a national promotion for boycott of our members from purchasing from that company,” she added. The BWU boss insisted that workers must not be denied their right to union representation.l
In Search of a Home: Haitians Seek Refuge In Canada
aitian national, Iancien Milien is among thousands of his countrymen forced to call the Montreal Stadium Home these days. He arrived there after walking into Canada at the Lacolle Border crossing after leaving the United States where he lived for 17 years. He does not want to return to his homeland. Countryman, Jean Dorméus is equally determined to build a new life anywhere but Haiti. Twenty-three-year-old Dormeus, the secretary-general of a political youth group in the northern city of Cap-Haïtien, has been living in Pennsylvania for the last six months, after he left Haiti because of death threats. He told the Montreal Gazette that his chances for asylum were slim and he fears deportation from the United States. “It’s not good for us there now,” he said. “It’s not safe in the US, and I can’t go back to Haiti.” Milien, Dormeus and hundreds more have abandoned their life in America amid fears that they could be deported as the Donald Trump administration ended their temporary protected status. Back in May, the US Department of Homeland Security announced it would extend immigration protections for almost 60,000 Haitians living in the US for six more months, but urged them to start preparing to return home.They have turned to Canada for help. Canadian immigration authorities say they are being overwhelmed by the refugees. PRAIDA, a government funded immigrant support program in Quebec, told the Montreal Gazette that it has received 1200 new requests from refugees in July, almost four times the normal total. “It’s unheard-of,” PRAIDA leader Francine Dupuis said. “In 30 years, I’ve never seen this kind of volume or intensity.”l
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"We are grateful for the jury's verdict on this matter and that Eva Echeverria was able to have her day in court," Mark Robinson, her lawyer, said in a statement. The verdict included $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. It was a major setback for J&J, which faces 4,800 similar claims nationally and has been hit with over $300 million in verdicts by juries in Missouri. "We will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder," J&J said. Echeverria's lawsuit was the first out of hundreds of California talc cases to go to trial. The 63-year-old claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after decades of using J&J's products. Her lawyers argued J&J encouraged women to use its products despite knowing of studies linking ovarian cancer to genital talc use. J&J's lawyers countered that studies and federal agencies have not found that talc products are carcinogenic. The trial follows five prior ones in Missouri state court, where many lawsuits are pending. J&J lost four of those trials and, along with a talc supplier, has been hit with $307 million in verdicts. Before this, the largest verdict was for $110 million.
The Missouri cases, which have largely been brought by out-of-state plaintiffs, have faced jurisdictional questions after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in June that limited where personal injury lawsuits can be filed. In a decision in a case involving Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., the Supreme Court said state courts cannot hear claims against companies that are not based in the state when the alleged injuries did not occur there. The ruling prompted a St. Louis judge, at New Jersey-based J&J's urging, to declare a mistrial in the talc case already underway. The judge has nonetheless left the door open for the plaintiffs to argue they still have jurisdiction based on a Missouribased bottler J&J used to package its products. l The case is Echeverria et al v. Johnson & Johnson, Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC628228. (Reuters) Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Paul Simao
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Brooklyn Politicians Rally Against Streets at Fort Hamilton Named after Confederate Generals
BY TATYANA BELLAMY-WALKER
ozens of protesters flocked to John Paul Jones Park urging the U.S. military to rename two Brooklyn streets at Fort Hamilton that are named after famous Confederate generals. In the wake of neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a man rammed a car into anti-racist protesters, leaving one woman dead and at least 19 injured, Brooklyn residents and politicians are calling for the removal of monuments that represent a legacy of white supremacy in the U.S. The streets at Fort Hamilton — General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive commemorate former slave owners, who “directly insults the many thousands of Brooklyn residents who are descendants of slaves held in bondage as well as men and women of color who have in the past and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces at Fort Hamilton,” said Congresswoman Yvette Clark of the 9th district of New York in a statement to the U.S. Secretary of the Army, Robert M. Speer on June 19. Congresswoman Clark said the monuments reflect years of racial injustice in the U.S. “As a community, we’re still living the legacy of slavery and the refusal of this nation to truly accept the outcome of the civil war,” Clark said. “The legitimacy remains and continues to threaten our communities, just think, the terrible legacy is the reason why the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists marched
through Charlottesville with torches and guns.” In a statement, Clark justified the renaming of the two streets with the recent removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in New Orleans. Clark noted that the Mayor of New Orleans removed the Confederate general because it was offensive to the public. “When the City of New Orleans recently removed its statues of Robert E. Lee and other Confederate generals from the public square, that community confronted its history, recognizing — in the words of Mayor Mitch Landrieu — that ‘the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity,’” said Clark in a statement on June 2017. Congresswoman Clark was joined by Congress members Hakeem Jeffries of the 8th district in Brooklyn and Nadia Velasquez of the 7th district in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan and Queens to denounce the streets named after two prominent Confederate generals. Congresswoman Velazquez said the
street names are invasive to the people of color in the U.S. Army. “In Charlottesville, we saw the darkest chapters in American history,” Velasquez said. “We have to make a determination...it can be in a museum, but not in a public display.” Robert Ayers, 63, of Park Slope, Brooklyn said that racial equality is important to his identity. “There is a fat under belly of racism in the United States,” said Ayers, who is an immigrant. “I think it’s our obligation to do whatever we can to protest that fact. I don’t think Trump is our legitimate president.” Amber Adler of Homecrest, Brooklyn, said the renaming of streets might calm racial tensions. “No one wants to rewrite history, we just don’t want to trigger people with what happened before,” said Adler, who is a Brooklyn resident of more than 10 years. “It is a silent oppression...if it is painful to the people in our community and in our area we should not have it.”
Gary Phaneuf, a Trump supporter of Staten Island, appeared to be the only person opposing the rally. “Lincoln was a Republican! He was not a Democratic!” shouted Phaneuf, who wore a “Make America Great Again Hat.” “You will not bury history...You don’t want to hear the truth. You want to slander Donald Trump calling him a Nazis. I’m not going to go along with this.” Adler, who waved a “Take the High Road Rename the Streets,” poster with her 3-year-old toddler Kenneth and 5year-old son, Sammy said that racial inequality is far from over. “I think a lot of people thought under Obama there was so much love, happiness, racial equality and acceptance and to an extent it did,” Adler added. “Because of Charlottesville we see everything that’s been hiding.”l DO YOU WANT TO START, GROW, GET MONEY, MARKET OR CERTIFY YOUR BUSINESS? CONTACT THE CHAMBER AT 718-722-9217 OR VISIT WWW.NACC.NYC
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Employment In Jamaica at An All-Time High
INGSTON, Jamaica: More Jamaicans are now employed than at any other period in the country’s history. Data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), shows that the number of persons securing employment peaked at a historic 1,204,800 in April 2017, which was 35,800 more than the 1,169,000 persons employed in April 2016. The out-turn bettered the employment level of 1,187,000 in July 2016, when the country recorded the lowest unemployment figures in five years and the highest employment level for a single month since October 2008, when 1,174,500 persons had jobs. STATIN data also showed that the unemployment rate fell by a further 1.5 percent in April 2017 to 12.2 percent relative to April 2016. This translated into a reduction in the number of persons who were unemployed from 184,900 in April 2016 to 166,700 in April 2017. These positive indications for the labor market are a significant improvement over the period October 2008 to July 2011 when more than 90,000 jobs were lost, stemming from the impact of the global economic crisis.
With respect to employment by industry, 11 of the 16 industries recorded higher levels of employment between April 2016 and April 2017. Of the total employed labor force, the number of males securing work moved from 659,700 to 670,400, while the number of employed females also increased from 512,400 to 534,400. Senior Technical Advisor at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Rochelle Whyte, attributes the positive labor market trends to the ongoing implementation of economic reform measures by the Government.
She cited, among other things, business environment reforms; implementation of strategic investment projects; development of new industries; and a general improvement in Jamaica’s overall macroeconomic stability. Whyte said these out-turns now position Jamaica “above that pre-(financial) crisis level with respect to employment. “ The PIOJ official further argued that Jamaica’s economic fundamentals continue to improve consequent on ongoing implementation of economic reform measures by the Government. In addition to the increasing employment levels, the positive economic outturns are reflected in declining inflation that fell to a 50-year low of 1.7 percent in 2016, bringing the figure closer to that of Jamaica’s main trading partners, such as the United States, and which the Government expects will range between 4 and 6 percent for the 2017/18 fiscal year. The debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio is also significantly lower. Whyte said this situation “augurs well for our competitiveness and also protect the most vulnerable from reduced purchasing power.”
She noted that while the PIOJ forecasts medium-term growth ranging between 2 and 3 percent, “if the Government can efficiently implement its strategic priorities and with support from the private sector, then the rate of growth can be above these baseline projections.” Meanwhile, Principal Director for the Fiscal Monitoring Unit in the Finance Ministry, Trevor Anderson, concurred that the improved employment levels reflect ongoing improvements in the economy. He also cited increasing net international reserves, slowed depreciation of the Jamaican dollar, accelerated growth at 1.3 percent for the 2016/17 fiscal year, the latter of which he said “reflects the largest economic expansion since fiscal year 2007/08.” Anderson further pointed to the positive impact of the fiscal governance policy to reducing the fiscal deficit and also the increase in the primary budgetary surplus as a percentage of GDP. “These developments continue to positively impact business and consumer confidence, which have remained at very high levels. The Government, through prudent fiscal policy, is steadfastly committed to reducing the public debt, accelerating economic growth, and delivering a better quality of life for all Jamaicans,” he added. l
How to Negotiate for Your Children’s College Costs During a Divorce
BY NADIA SHOKOH, MD, PhD. CDFA
ven if your children are young at the time of your divorce, you still need to keep college in mind. Your children’s college tuition is likely to be one of the greatest future expenses you face, and even if you get full custody of your children, you should not have to shoulder that burden alone. Rather than waiting until the acceptance letters start coming to discuss who is going to cover what costs, you need to address this topic during your divorce negotiations.
Don’t Be Left High and Dry When It’s Time to Pay for College According to the College Board, the full cost of an average state college for the 2015-2016 academic year was $24,061 a year. For private colleges, that cost shoots up to $47,831 a year. Keep in mind that many students these days take more than four years to graduate and that college costs have been rising precipitously each year. These are big costs that you and your ex-spouse are going to have to find a way to cover! Child support lasts only until your children reach the age of maturity, which is between 18 and 21, depending on your
state of residence. If you don’t bring up college costs during your divorce settlement, you may have to take your spouse back to court to try and legally force them to contribute, which can be expensive, frustrating, and emotionally fraught for your family. It is far better to negotiate college costs during your divorce settlement so that everything is taken care of when you and your spouse officially go your separate ways. Here are five important tips for these negotiations:
Get it all down in writing It’s not enough for one spouse to verbally agree to contribute to a child’s college fund or to assume that you both will work it out when the time comes. What if your husband re-marries and has several additional children who he has to support? What if he loses his job or insists that he will only pay for community college? This is why you must include specific language in your divorce settlement that lays out everything in clear terms. Identify who will pay for what The divorce settlement should clearly indicate which parent will be responsible for which costs. For example, you may simply agree to split all costs 50/50, or perhaps your ex-husband will cover
tuition, and you will cover room and board. Don’t forget to include the cost of books, travel, and possibly a small stipend. Clarify the logistics How will the money be paid? You may decide to open an escrow account and require each parent to contribute a certain amount per month. Another option is for one parent to provide a lump sum payment that can be invested during the child’s youth. Whatever you agree upon, get it down in writing.
Consider instituting payment and time caps College isn’t getting any cheaper, and it may not be reasonable to expect one or both parents to cover the entire cost of college between them, especially if a child attends an expensive private school or takes five or six years to graduate. It may be advisable to institute payment caps, laying out the maximum amount each parent will pay per semester or year of school. Additionally, some parents also desire to implement a cap on the amount of years they will provide funds per child so as not to indefinitely support a child’s long college experience.
Require life insurance and disability insurance It won’t matter what your divorce settlement says if your ex-husband dies or loses his lucrative job before your children are ready to attend college. A smart move is to require both parents to invest in life insurance and disability insurance that will cover their college payment obligations. This way, if anything happens to your ex-spouse, your children’s college dreams won’t be destroyed. As always, it is a good idea to work with an experienced divorce attorney when negotiating your divorce settlement. Your divorce attorney can help you devise the correct wordage and advise you on what is reasonable to request from your spouse. It may take a little work to hammer out the agreement, but at the end, you’ll know that you’ve preserved your children’s access to a valuable higher education.l
Nadia Shokoh, MD, PhD., CDFA is a former physician who made an unconventional career change to the financial services industry more than 10 years ago after her own divorce.Source: wife.org. Reprinted with permission.
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de Fox is running as a Democrat in the 35th City Council District. She has 11 years of experience and is a community activist and former community board member. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology and is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently lives in Prospect Heights and is a member of St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Ede is very passionate about the 112 year-old, long vacant Bedford Union Armory. Developers are getting a full city of blocks while in exchange residents are only getting 15 units of affordable housing which in her opinion is an indication that a wrong course of action is being taken. She is committed to stopping the loss of affordable housing and is prepared to roll up her sleeves and to get her hands dirty to help accomplish this goal and to target resources and organize tenants. She said that this is not quick or easy, but it is doable. Ede challenged her incumbent, Laurie Combo, in getting her hands dirty and
adding that she has more experience than Laurie in that area and is more of an on the ground person than she is. Ede believes in legislating policies to help immigrants due to the fact that we are a sanctuary city. She is against broken window policing citing that it is disproportionately attacking Black and Latino community members and adds to deportation from this city. She said that anyone who is paying taxes and is engaged in what’s happening in city life, needs to have a voice in what’s happening. She said that we are also struggling with our schools and child homelessness which is upsetting to her; the numbers are astronomical. Funding should be provided for after- school programming and
it should be affordable as this is how we can ensure that our kids get access to quality education. Ede remarked that when she gets into office, she will focus on, and deal with, inequity between schools within school districts and that all schools should be the very best they can be; but we are not there yet. Looking to represent a large immigrant community, Ede appreciates the hardwork of immigrants and values their contributions. She said, “Immigrants come to this country to work hard and build a better life for themselves and their families. And every resident in our community, regardless of immigration status, should feel safe going to a hospital, school or police station if they need to. Ede will stand up to Donald Trump to defend New York as a sanctuary city, and keep Brooklyn as the place where the American Dream begins for immigrant families.” Ede Fox can be contacted at www.edefox.com and at 813 Nostrand Ave between President and Union streets in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her campaign number is 917-725-1517.l
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Race and Displacement and City Planning in New York City, Professor Angotti, the author, stated that allowing market-rate development in low-income neighborhoods poses a massive displacement threat) and they do not have community support (during a Community Board 9 meeting in Brooklyn, Councilwoman Laurie Combo told her constituency group that she was going to approve the '"upzoning with or without the Community" and when they booed her she said "I don't care! You can boo all you want."). Is Cumbo considering that during her tenure, there has been an 88% increase in homelessness among the children in her district and 1 out of 5 children have already experienced homelessness by the 5th grade, compared to 1 out of 7 throughout the City? Cumbo Focuses on Her Own Private Museum Cumbo came into her district with one of the highest rates of families entering into shelters, but instead of focusing on this human crisis she chose to focus on her own non-profit museum "MoCADA". Her museum had already secured $5.6 million but was seeking another $5.4 million. In her first year as Councilwoman she gave 25% of her budget (1.4 million) to
her MoCADA museum and then secured another 1.4 million in matching funds from the Mayor. Over the course of the past several years, she herself stated that she gave millions of dollars to other cultural institutions as part of her district, while was ranked number 2 in evictions, with a total of 28,320 evictions within the last two years. Shady Deals In one of those Mayor de Blasio shady deals, this apartment building (267 Rogers Avenue) went from an affordable housing complex to a shelter. Councilwoman Cumbo didn't fight for this building to have permanent housing for our children. She simply ignored the shelter deal until it was too late and then
came out and blamed it on the Mayor. The same Mayor who is now secretly supporting her re-elecion campaign. This building could have provided permanent housing for over 130 families, but now it is a shelter, continuing to add to the emotional, psychological and physical trauma our children face being homeless! Homeless Children According to the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, our homeless children will “more likely fall behind academically, have higher rates of absenteeism, more likely to be suspended, less likely to receive special education service. And, homeless teenagers have higher rates of depression, thoughts of suicide, unwanted sex-
This Is Called Genocide! This is why our fight is so important. Why we have to stop the Laurie Cumbos, Musa Moores and Clarence Normans. We have to protect our children for every win is a win for them. Every time we are able to stop luxury development in our community we are keeping our children safe. Every time we stop a rezoning scam being created and devised by Michael Librud and others on Community Board 9, we are keeping our children safe! As the evidence shows Cumboe didn't want to advocate for the children in her district but simply wanted to advance her own private interests. Now Cumbo will justify her focus on her museum and other cultural institutions with pride and passion. However the question that Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo should ask the 3,200 children who are homeless in her school district, what would they prefer, a permanent home or to see art!l The Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP) can be contacted at 718-7033086. You can also visit their website at www.mtopp.org
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OTE SEPTEMBER 12, 2017, for 5 candidates who are APPROVED by the New York City Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association and are rated QUALIFIED by the Brooklyn Judicial Screening Committee. Re-elect Robin K. Sheares and Frederick Arriaga and elect David Pepper, Connie Melendez and Patria Frias-Colón. These 5 candidates are considered Brooklyn’s Circle of Excellence and together are asking that you vote for all 5 on the ballot.
Judge Robin K, Sheares has been a judge for 10 years and is currently an Acting Supreme Court Justice, presiding over both civil and criminal matters. She has also sat in Family Court. A longstanding member of Wayside Baptist Church, Judge Sheares is proud of being known as the “Community Judge.” Sheares has received several awards because of her dedicated service to the community and most recently was involved in preventing the termination of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) at the courts in Kings County. Judge Sheares has also received letters of commendation from lawyers who have appeared before her. Through her life of service, Judge Robin K. Sheares has shown herself to be, on and off the bench, one who loves mercy, walks humbly, and seeks to act justly.
David Pepper has worked in the Brooklyn Courts for nearly thirty years. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School with honors and is dedicated to seeing that everyone is treated fairly, equally and with respect. Pepper has a passion for justice and people's rights and takes the time to explain court procedures to those who cannot afford a lawyer and assure that all parties' voices are heard. Pepper has the wisdom, temperament and values to be a great judge. He confirms that he enjoyed law school in part because he did well, but more because he loves to read and truly loves the law. David Pepper feels quite blessed to have found a career that is so fulfilling.
Judge Frederick Arriaga has dedicated his legal career to public service. The son of immigrants from Colombia, South America, Judge Arriaga graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1992, and worked the next 12 years at South Brooklyn Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society providing free civil legal services to low-income Brooklynites. In 2004, he was appointed Counsel to then Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz. In 2007, he was elected to the Civil Court and assigned to Criminal Court where, in 2013, he was promoted to Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, presiding over a felony drug treatment part. In his drug treatment part, Judge Frederick Arriaga motivates individuals addicted to drugs to achieve recovery, resolve their cases and move on with their lives as productive members of society.
Connie Melendez began her career as a Social Worker assisting women who were victims of domestic violence and children who were physically and sexually abused. Melendez’s commitment to serving and mentoring teens led her to organize the Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Program, a mentoring service for disadvantaged students. Melendez’s is the Principal Court Attorney to a Supreme Court Justice in Kings County working on Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury actions. She was formerly a trial attorney litigating Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury cases. After obtaining a degree in Psychology, Melendez received a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1986.
On September 12, 2017: Choose Experience and Vote for these 5 Qualified Candidates for Civil Court Judge! Patria Frias-Colón is the Brooklyn Borough Chief of the NYC Law Department’s Family Court Division. Her years of legal experience includes serving as Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, Deputy Counsel to the Chancellor for the NYC Department of Education and Adjunct Professor at St. Johns University's School of Education, where she taught a legal education graduate course. Frias-Colón has received numerous awards for her community work and legal excellence. Many confirm that she has the integrity, temperament, qualifications and the experience to be your next Civil Court Judge in Kings County. Patria Frias-Colón has strong ties to her Brooklyn community and maintains that she does not have to come back to her community because she never left.
Diabetes Unlocked: A Conversation
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ccording to the American Diabetes Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: n29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, have diabetes n25.9% of Americans age 65 and older, or 11.8 million seniors, have diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) nDiabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. n$245 billion is the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. And, according to a June 2007 diabetes report published by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH): Diabetes prevalence has more than doubled over the past 10 years. More than half a million adult New Yorkers have diagnosed diabetes and an additional 200,000 have diabetes but do not yet know it. Diabetes and diabetes-associated cardiovascular disease are leading causes of death in NYC. Each year in NYC there are more than 20,000 hospitalizations with a principal diagnosis of diabetes. Diabetes disproportionately affects Black and Latino New Yorkers, as well as those living in low-income households and neighborhoods. These disparities are evident in diabetes prevalence, hospitalizations and mortality, and track
closely with patterns of being overweight and obesity, and with the related behaviors of physical inactivity and an unhealthy diet.
What is diabetes? The Department’s report concisely summarizes it: "Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by high levels of blood glucose. It is caused by resistance to insulin (a hormone that regulates levels of blood glucose), inadequate production of insulin, or both. There are 3 main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational. Type 1 diabetes [caused by insufficient insulin) has a peak incidence in puberty, but can develop at any age. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in adults aged 40 and older who have certain inherited and behavioral risk factors, such as a family history of diabetes, or who are overweight, obese or physically inactive. However, with the rise in being overweight and obesity at young ages, type 2 diabetes is increasingly affecting adolescents. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy, when the body is less sensitive to insulin." Research cited by the American Diabetes Association indicates that only 5% of people have type 1 diabetes. According to the Association, “with type 1, it’s very important to balance your insulin doses with the food you eat and the activity that you do.” Insulin Therapy
is recommended as a form of treatment for Type 1 diabetes, which involves “daily injections with insulin pens or syringes or an insulin pump.”
The best approach to diabetes prevention and treatment? Caribbean American Weekly recently spoke to Nannie Coromantie, a Jamaicaborn American, who is an independent researcher, passionate about natural health and healing. Coromantie is a dedicated advocate of a healthy diet and natural treatment solutions for diseases such as diabetes. “Exercise, healthy nutrition and emotional support are key components of dealing with all types of diabetes. Especially type 2 diabetes is definitely preventable with natural health remedies,” said Ms. Coromantie. When Coromantie delved into studying natural health research, she was inspired by her experience dealing with diabetic family members. From her research, she concluded that proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle can effectively prevent diabetes, regardless of the types. “Eat clean - keep it as close as possible to how God made it. No GMO (genetically modified food), no pesticide - if meat is necessary, it should be grass fed. All milk should be organic; chicken, no antibiotics or hormones. Plenty of fruits and vegetables; choose organically grown. Plenty of clean water, clean air,
spiritual meditation and exercise. That is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle,” Coromantie said. “Most doctors would like you to believe that the only treatment available to diabetes is to inject yourself insulin on a daily basis and to be hooked on medications that are toxic to your body. But you can beat diabetes, whether type 1 or Type 2, through natural remedies that include proper nutrition, a fully body detox and exercise! Especially for type 2, exercise is a must.” Coromantie recommended that every health-conscious person should watch these two documentary films: Food, Inc., which exposes how corporate farming leads to a culture of unhealthy diet, which then causes deadly diseases such as diabetes; Forks Over Knives, “an American advocacy film that advocates a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet as a way to avoid or reverse several chronic diseases.” Because we are what we eat, Coromantie argued that the cornerstone of diabetes prevention is knowing what we eat and avoiding mass produced food that is unhealthy. Accordingly, Ms. Coromantie advises people to read the following books, at least: The Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke, Phd; 4 Blood Types, 4 Diets: Eat Right 4 Your Type: Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight by Dr. Peter D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney; and Worst Pills, Best Bills: A Consumer’s Guide to Avoiding Drug-induced Death or Illness by Sid M. Wolfe. “Before doing anything, taking a cleanse (detox) is very important. The Cleaner detox, for example, can be purchased for just $15. It contains natural herbs and minerals, which include milk thistle. Milk thistle is important since it keeps the liver clean of toxins. It helps not only diabetic persons but also alcohol drinkers. The best time to detox is 3 days after a full moon to get the best result,” said Coromantie. WebMD, a respected medical website, confirms that “milk thistle, combined with traditional treatment, can improve diabetes. Studies have shown a decrease in blood sugar levels and an improvement in cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers also have found that milk thistle improved insulin resistance, a key characteristic of type 2 diabetes.” However, since diabetes is a serious condition, the website advises patients to be cautious of milk thistle intake. “The bottomline is if one is serious about health issues such as Type 2 diabetes, start with the cause. The main cause is an improper diet. Know your blood type, read food labels and keep it close to original creation as possible. Stay away from GMO and pesticide grown food. Don’t eat late at night, cut carbs, wheat and all types of sugars. That is the first step,” said Coromantie.l
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The Journey of Allison Alexis: From Breast Cancer Survivor to Community Builder
BY ELIAS GEDREHIWOT
he story of Allison Alexis is the story of many strong women leaders who turn the misfortunes of life into amazing opportunities that empower communities, near and far. As a five-year breast cancer survivor, Ms. Alexis transformed her life-altering experience into a great passion for creating awareness about breast cancer in New York City. Ms. Alexis established the Queens Cancer Walk to accomplish the specific task of an awareness campaign. The cancer walk has also been a venue for her to raise funds and support organizations that focus on breast cancer initiatives and to reach out to vulnerable communities such as undocumented immigrants from the Caribbean and elsewhere. "Not an easy thing to be told that you actually have cancer, especially if you kind of suspect it and you believe that it's a positive diagnosis," said Ms. Alexis in a recent interview with Pearl Phillip of Diaspora Radio, based in Brooklyn. "From there, it was just figuring out what to do...and I remember it very clear getting the results...there were a bunch of tests following the diagnosis...From needle biopsy to an actual biopsy...."
"I then got a call, and the doctor said to me, 'I think you knew,' that it was positive, and I said yes." Ms. Alexis was diagnosed in March 2011, and had a lumpectomy in April, of the same year. "I remember thinking, 'what am I going to do' because I don't really have family here except I've two sisters who live five and half hours away and the rest are in Trinidad," she said. "I remember taking the Q-10 bus home, and crying from the time I got to the bus until I got home, because, even though I suspected it, I didn't want to believe it was true." According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a lumpectomy "usually removes the least amount of breast tissue." It is not a very invasive breast cancer surgery but very effective. Once
Her cancer initiative allows Ms. Alexis to advise and motivate undocumented immigrants, informing them that they should not be afraid of being deported to get the help they need, whether mammogram or other medical services.
done, "further surgery may not be needed," says the Foundation. Despite the pain and suffering the cancer caused Ms. Alexis, she never let it stop her from pursuing the noble cause of educating the public. She became a survivor and a fighter who found a new purpose in life. She committed herself to empower the Caribbean American community that she belongs to, raising critical awareness of the importance of early detection and diagnosis. Ms. Alexis, a strong advocate of early detection, pushes both women and men to consider seeing their doctors as early as possible. Men usually assume that breast cancer only affects women, and she says that is a big misconception that must be corrected because breast cancer is gender neutral, and men can suffer
from it. Ms. Alexis uses her Queens Cancer Walk to also connect her community with the local hospitals, such as the Queens Hospital, that send representatives to her event to talk about the special services they offer. In addition, her cancer initiative allows Ms. Alexis to advise and motivate undocumented immigrants, informing them that they should not be afraid of being deported to get the help they need, whether mammograms or other medical services. She makes sure they know that there is help waiting for them when they need it. But the Queens Cancer Walk project needs help, too. "The best way to support the Queens Cancer Walk is to come out, participate in the walk, spread the word, invite friends, and I am also looking for sponsors," she said. "Everything is done pretty much by me. I don't have funding. Most of my expenses are out of pocket, with few exceptions such as when I got sponsors last year, which helped with basic expenses. And I have a lot of young people that volunteer every year." For sponsorship or other inquiries, you can reach Ms. Alexis at AllisonAlexis.Charity@gmail.com or PayPal.me/AllisonAlexis.l
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he moment you have a suspicion that your spouse is cheating or something just “isn’t right,” you might be tempted to start going through his things. Maybe you scroll through his text messages, or hack into his email. These invasions of privacy, often called “snooping” or “creeping,” will probably come back to haunt you. If your partner finds out that you snooped through his stuff, it can just create a bigger issue than you already have. When you lack trust in the relationship, here are some things you can do instead of snooping.
Talk to Your Partner If you do have a reason to be suspicious, talk to your partner instead of going through his things behind his back. Using non-attacking language, explain what you are feeling, and how his actions have contributed to your suspicions. Confronting the problem head-on is the only way you and your partner have a chance of combating the issues in your relationship. Snooping can only build more trust issues, not solve them. Ask your partner to have an open policy about viewing each others’ texts and emails if you think it can help you both feel more
trust. Knowing that you have permission to see your spouse’s information might make it less tempting to view it because the fear of secrets is diminished.
Press the Pause Button If you’re alone in a room with your boyfriend’s cell phone and you start to get paranoid about what might be inside, take a few seconds before you reach for it to snoop. You may or may not have a concrete reason to search, but try pressing the pause button to check in. Ask yourself, “Do I really have a reason to be worried?” or “If my friend was about to snoop for the same reasons, would I support it?” Sometimes by taking a moment to talk yourself down, you can decide if
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Avoid Snooping Situations Sometimes you might need to remove yourself from a situation where snooping is just too tempting. If you have a habit of always checking your husband’s phone when he goes to bed at night, make it a new habit to pick up a book during that time, or power his device down and put it in another room. When you feel the urge to open his email, go for a walk or remove yourself from the room for 10
minutes. Staying out of tempting situations can keep you out of trouble.
Previous Findings Searching your boyfriend’s phone or computer may have had a payout. When you have found things in the past and your partner doesn’t come clean, then you need to come clean about what you know. If you have found incriminating things before and never addressed it, your secure attachment has suffered a deep wound. Talking openly about it with your partner and the help of a counselor can help you evaluate if you both want to stay in the relationship — and how to make it healthier if you both agree to work on staying together. If you are snooping, there are some trust issues in your relationship. If you want to salvage the relationship, sometimes getting help from a professional will guide you in the right direction and you can stop snooping. A counselor or marriage and family therapist can help you build trust and stop the desire to snoop.l Jennine Estes is a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, CA. Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. MFC#47653.
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Many Common Hair and Skincare Products Linked to Ill Health
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laureth sulfate may contain a chemical known to cause cancer in laboratory mice. Researchers have not found a direct link to cancer in people. Formaldehyde: Many haircare and other household products use this preservative ingredient. Studies have shown an inconsistency with a link to cancer, although a more consistent link exists with topical applications on mice. According to the American Cancer Society, one study did find that workers exposed to the chemical had higher chromosomal changes. This finding supports the idea that formaldehyde may cause leukemia. Many reputable agencies consider it a carcinogen.
According to the FDA’s website: “Companies and individuals who manufacture or market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients.” However, the FDA does restrain the cosmetic industry from using certain ingredients and may step in if a product
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Why DACA Works and Should Continue
BY TORY JOHNSON
Hundreds Gather In Front of White House to Support Protection for Young Immigrants
he Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative celebrated its fifth anniversary on August 22, 2017. By providing hundreds of thousands of young people temporary relief from deportation, DACA has resulted in significant economic and social benefits for the United States. Recipients of DACA receive temporary relief from deportation and a renewable 2-year work permit, enabling them to contribute to and live more fully, in the country they know as home.
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iami, Florida: In the seven months since Thomas Homan was appointed to carry out President Trump's promises to crack down on undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., he has been accused of abusing that power by targeting undocumented immigrants without criminal records. So far, the data seems to back up those accusations, with the percentage of undocumented immigrants without a criminal record arrested by
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Brooklyn Father Who Helped Police Is Released from Detention BY VAN LE VIA AMERICA’S VOICE
rooklyn, NY: An undocumented father of two who bravely testified in two Brooklyn homicide cases has been released from detention after being arrested by ICE in July. William Siguencia Hurtado has lived in the US for fifteen years, works as a livery
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cab driver, pays taxes, and is married to a US citizen who is trying to legalize his status. In July 2012, William — while driving his cab and trying to keep a low profile as an undocumented immigrant — witnessed the murder of a 20-year-old man outside a nightclub and helped police arrest the suspects when he saw them again two weeks later. He testified during the trial, despite
receiving threats that forced his family to temporarily relocate. Two men were found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. In a separate case, William’s statements to the DA’s office helped bring charges against three men who eventually pled guilty to manslaughter.
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undreds gathered in front of the White House on a rainy Tuesday, not only to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, but to fight for it. With 10 state attorneys general pushing for its termination and its future uncertain, nearly 800,000 DACA recipients fear the worst. The fight for DACA reflects the vibrant community it protects—the group converging on the muddied White House lawn was overwhelmingly young and energized. Since 2012, DACA has granted these young people a sense of security by offering them temporary relief from deportation. After passing strenuous background checks and paying fees, DACA permits them to work, go to school, and get a driver’s license. Revoking DACA would not only take that away, but would open up nearly 800,000 people to the grim possibility of deportation. “[The administration] has us stressed,” said Diana, a DACA recipient in attendance at the rally. “Before, we felt safe, but now we’re living under constant stress.” If the DACA initiative is terminated by the current administration, it would be the first time in American history that the president deliberately increased the size of the undocumented population. By revoking close to a million people’s paperwork, opponents of DACA would recklessly increase America’s undocumented population, tear families apart, and socially and economically cripple a group of young people who only wish to contribute to the country they call home. The group of state attorneys general has threatened to take the administration to court unless it agrees to end the program continued on page 2
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by the deadline. Recipients and advocates of DACA are preparing for the looming deadline. Sookyung Oh, D.C. Area Director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, has planned a 24hour vigil in front of the White House that will continue every day until the DACA deadline passes. “We know that the president is the decision maker in this,” Oh said, “so what better thing to do than stand in front of his house and demand that he supports
DACA?” Until then, the activists reassured, the fight for DACA will continue one day at a time. “Some people would say that we should be sad because DACA is under threat— and it is scary. It’s real,” said Greisa Martinez, Director of Advocacy and Policy at United We Dream. “But the reality is, is that the joy and resistance of our people lives on. The papers do not define us. The power in the love for our community defines us.”l
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Despite his efforts on behalf of his community, ICE arrested him in July when William went in for his annual check-in with immigration authorities. He’d been checking in annually without problems since 2014, the year he turned himself into ICE in the hopes of obtaining legal status. It’s likely that William has no way of correcting his immigration status without spending years away from his family and young children, even though he is married to a US citizen. And for the last six months, the Trump administration has been steadily detaining and deporting parents like William — mothers and fathers who have been living in the US for decades, who are raising U.S.-citizen children, who work jobs and pay taxes and dutifully check in with ICE, who have desperately tried to legalize their status but have been unable to. William was released from detention after the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office sent a letter to DHS petitioning for William’s release. The DA’s Office said that crackdowns on immigrants like William are detrimental because they discourage those who are undocumented from reporting crimes, as William did. William says that even though he feared being deported and separated from his family, he’d testify all over again if he had to. As he said at a press conference: “Yes, I would always do it because these are things that are not good for humanity…I never agreed with bad things so I would testify again and help to keep the community safe.”l
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ICYMI: Jeff Flake: “We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill.”
n an op-ed for the New York Times, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) writes a poignant and personal piece on the vital importance of hard working immigrants in the United States. This follows President Trump’s recent support of the Cotton-Perdue bill that would slash legal immigration levels, which follows more than two years of Trump spewing vile lies about Mexican immigrants. It is a must-read. We excerpt key portions of Senator Flake’s piece below: Someone recently said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.” The man who said that never met Manuel Chaidez. Manuel was just 16 when he made it from Sonora, Mexico, to the F-Bar, my family’s ranch outside the town of Snowflake, in Northern Arizona. I was just a kid, no more than 6 or so, and to me Manuel looked like a full-grown man. He wasn’t much more than a kid himself, of course, but he worked as if his family depended on him. They probably did. He couldn’t have worked harder if the ranch were his own. In terms of material possessions, Manuel was an invisible man. His capacity for hard, backbreaking work was his sole credential in life. By no Washington bureaucrat’s estimation would he have been judged a “high-value immigrant.” He didn’t speak much English. He didn’t come from money. He hadn’t finished high school. He had no technological
innovation to his credit, nor had he started a business. In other words, count Manuel among the 99 percent of immigrants who have ever come to this country, including many of our ancestors, the “wretched refuse” who got here as fast as they could and who made this country what it is once they arrived. All Manuel had to recommend him was his strength and his belief that America was a place where, by the labor of your hands, you could create a life for yourself. That is all, and that is everything. My dad would occasionally hire some of my high school buddies. The work was so hard that they often washed out after a day or two. Not Manuel. History doesn’t much record the unglamorous and often excruciating work of moving sprinkler pipe, digging ditch, chopping hay or keeping a brokendown feed truck running for just one more year. Manuel did all of that, and so much more (including, one lonely summer, giving me relationship advice as we fixed a tractor on the edge of an alfalfa field). Without such work there is no ranch. Without ranches, my town and towns like it falter. And so in my estimation, Manuel is just about the highestvalue immigrant possible, and if we forget that, then we forget something elemental about America. It is Manuel’s résumé that puts him in the company of so many of the men, women and children from all over the
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Prior to the initiative, young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children— Dreamers—faced great uncertainty as they transitioned to adulthood. Without legal permission to work, limited or no access to educational scholarships or aid, and the constant threat of deportation to an unfamiliar country, the future of Dreamers in America was marked by significant obstacles. Since 2012, nearly 2 million young people who grew up in America have been eligible for a reprieve from some of these barriers. As of March 2017, nearly 790,000 people have come forward and received DACA from the government after passing background checks and meeting the additional requirements. Studies have shown that the impact of DACA is definitively positive—not only for recipients but for the country and the U.S. economy overall. A 2016 survey, for example, found that the employment rates, wage levels, educational pursuits, and purchasing power of respondents all increased after receiving DACA. Approximately 87 percent of DACA
recipients were employed by U.S. businesses in September 2016, expanding the payroll tax base and contributing an estimated $1.6 billion in annual state and local taxes. Research also indicates that contributions made by DACA recipients have the potential to amount to $460 billion over the next decade—an amount that the national GDP would lose if DACA is terminated. The success of DACA is evident on the national and individual scale. Marena Guzman, a DACA recipient earning her Ph.D. in molecular biosciences at Washington State University, said recently: “With DACA, I have found prosperity and hopefully a bright future in Washington State. I am here to earn a
world who, since the beginning of the American experiment, left behind everyone and everything they knew to come to a place they had seen only in their dreams, in the desperate hope of building a life for themselves — and if not for themselves, then for their children. By working by their side, I came to know that these Americans by choice are some of the most inspiring Americans of all. When President Trump embraced a proposal this month that would cut legal immigration by 50 percent, I spoke out against it, thinking of the immigrant workers I grew up with. When re-evaluating immigration policy, it is right to give priority, through a point system or otherwise, to those who have skills and abilities unique to the new economy. We did this in 2013, in the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate. But there must always be a place in America for those whose only initial credentials are a strong back and an eagerness to use it. A few weeks ago, as I stood with my mother and 10 siblings at my father’s funeral to say our final goodbyes, there stood Manuel, cowboy hat in hand. “Mi hijo,” he said as he approached me — “my son.” America would be a lesser country without Manuel Chaidez, and so many like him.l
place in America through hard work and respect. I look forward to diving deeper into my scientific research and contributing to science a small but fundamental understanding on the infectious diseases that affect us.” Through DACA, Dreamers like Marena who live, study, and work in America, have been able to fulfill their dreams without fear of deportation. The young people who are part of our communities and the fabric of our country, demonstrate the success of DACA, which is why the American public, employers, educators, community leaders, policy experts, and elected officials support the initiative and its beneficiaries. Polling shows that 78 percent of American voters from all political backgrounds support giving Dreamers the chance to stay permanently in America. Instead of potentially ending DACA, and consequently increasing the size of the undocumented population by taking away thousands of people’s paperwork, the administration and Congress should work together toward long-term solutions that enable such vital and vibrant members of our community and nation to thrive.l
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ICE Director, Thomas Homan
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents increasing each month, from 18% in January to 30% in June. But Homan, a 33-year law enforcement veteran who has worked along the southern border and is now the acting director of ICE, doesn't shy away from those numbers. In fact, he said they're only the start. "You're going to continue to see an increase in that," Homan told USA TODAY during a recent visit to Miami. Homan has become the public face of Trump's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, a central theme of his presidential campaign and one of the few areas where he's been able to make wholesale changes without any help from Congress. Under President Obama, ICE agents were directed to focus their arrests on undocumented immigrants who had been convicted of serious crimes, were members of gangs or posed a national security threat. Trump and his Department of Homeland Security have vastly expanded that pool, ordering agents to focus on undocumented immigrants who have only been charged with crimes and allowing them to arrest any undocumented immigrant they happen to encounter. ICE agents are also targeting undocumented immigrants who have been ordered removed from the country by a federal judge — a group that the Obama administration largely left alone. And they're targeting people who have illegally entered the country more than once, which raises their actions to a felony. Using that new metric, Homan said 95% of the 80,000 undocumented immigrants they've arrested so far fall under their newly-defined "priority" categories. "That's pretty close to perfect execution of the policies," Homan said. "The numbers speak for themselves." Homan was visiting Miami with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to publicly thank local leaders who changed their so-called "sanctuary" policies. That is a general term used to describe about 300 cities, counties, states and local law enforcement agencies that limit their cooperation with federal immigration efforts in various ways. "Thank you for your leadership, sir," Homan said to Carlos A. Gimenez, a Cuban-American immigrant who is the mayor of a county where the majority of people are foreign-born.l Full article appeared in USA TODAY.
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