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Express Newsline: "Lankford: DACA Plan Has 'No Special Privileges' for Family Members"

09/28/2017

Express Newsline: "Lankford: DACA Plan Has 'No Special Privileges' for Family Members"

More recently, on September 14, he announced that he was working with Democratic leaders in Congress to pass legislation ensuring protection for Dreamers, or children who entered the country illegally as children but were registered with the DACA program. "The program has served Pace, our community, and our country well. We're providing a means whereby they can get there". During my time at Pace I have already met impressive and highly motivated students, making wonderful contributions to the community, who have benefited from DACA.

"Neighbors Link is not completely surprised by the decision of the Department of Justice at the request of President Trump to cease and desist the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival", said Otero Bracco.

"These are kids that literally do not have a home anywhere", he said.

Eighty percent of DACA recipients are of Mexican Heritage. If these are not the values and activities that we believe in as a country, then what are? "We are also even more determined to support and defend the rights of the nearly 800,000 individuals who proudly call themselves DACAmented Americans".

The Trump administration announced September 5 that it was ending the DACA program in six months, placing the onus on Congress to come up with a plan to address these 700,000 young men and women brought to this country by their parents.

Additionally, Pace University President Krislov issued a statement in support of DACA on behalf of the university.

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Daily Voice: "Westchester Makes Pitch For Amazon HQ2"

09/28/2017

Daily Voice: "Westchester Makes Pitch For Amazon HQ2"

...“As Amazon does its due diligence in their search for a second American headquarters, they are going to look for a place with a highly educated workforce, infrastructure that supports their logistics and, with all of the online attacks and breaches regularly being reported in the news, access to highly trained Cybersecurity professionals,” said Jonathan Hill, Dean of Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “Westchester County is a vibrant area for tech savvy young people filled with educational institutions and employers ready to hire recent graduates, while the demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing three times faster than the overall IT job market, and 12 times faster than the total labor market.”

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Public: "Lowey Announces Nearly $450K To Improve Safety For Sexual Assault Survivors"

09/28/2017

Public: "Lowey Announces Nearly $450K To Improve Safety For Sexual Assault Survivors"

The City of White Plains, in collaboration with Pace University/Women's Justice Center (PWJC), Westchester Independent Living Center, El Centro Hispano, My Sister's Place (MSP), The Loft, and Westchester Jewish Community Services, will use this funding to support activities in its 'TRUST' (Training, Response, Underserved Support Team) project. Specifically, 'TRUST' will:

  • Support overtime costs for two White Plains Department of Public Safety (WPDPS) police officers, who will monitor offenders, conduct follow-up home visits, and make cross-referrals for services for victims;
  • support a bilingual attorney, and a supervising attorney from the PWJC, who will represent victims at protection order;
  • support a domestic violence advocate/counselor from MSP, who will receive calls via their hotline from victims who have met with officers during home visits, and will offer access to services;
  • conduct outreach and multi-disciplinary team meetings with project partners to reduce domestic violence in the disabled, Hispanic, and LGBT communities; and
  • provide training for law enforcement on the trauma-informed response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, to increase understanding of the impact of trauma, encourage trauma-informed practices and techniques, and provide strategies for developing and implementing trauma-informed policies department-wide.

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The Baltimore Sun: "Environmental groups praise cap-and-trade pact on greenhouse gas, but seek wider scope, equity"

09/28/2017

The Baltimore Sun: "Environmental groups praise cap-and-trade pact on greenhouse gas, but seek wider scope, equity"

...Sheryl Musgrove, an attorney with the Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace University in White Plains, N.Y., gave an example of two power facilities in the Sunset Park community of Brooklyn. The plants aren’t big enough to face emissions caps under the existing program, she said, yet they still foul air in the diverse neighborhood.

The initiative’s emissions caps “have been extremely successful,” Musgrove said. “That’s a good start, but more needs to be done.”

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Westchester Magazine: "Could Westchester Be Home to the New Amazon HQ?"

09/27/2017

Westchester Magazine: "Could Westchester Be Home to the New Amazon HQ?"

...Many Westchester communities have been pushing revitalization initiatives in recent years, seeking to draw in a younger generation of permanent residents. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University pointed out that “Westchester County is a vibrant area for tech savvy young people, filled with educational institutions and employers ready to hire recent graduates.” Demand for cybersecurity professionals, he says, is rapidly growing: three times faster than the rest of IT specialties and twelve times the average national job market.

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Daily Voice: "Pace Joins Elected Officials, DREAMers For Immigration Discussion"

09/22/2017

Daily Voice: "Pace Joins Elected Officials, DREAMers For Immigration Discussion"

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law recently hosted a round-table discussion on DACA and the DREAM Act, organized by Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Pace President Marvin Krislov was part of the panel with immigration advocates, legal experts and immigrants, including Pace student Lisdy Contreras Giron.

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FIOS1 News: "Rep. Nita Lowey hosts roundtable discussion on DREAM Act"

09/22/2017

FIOS1 News: "Rep. Nita Lowey hosts roundtable discussion on DREAM Act"

Pace President Marvin Krislov was part of a recent round-table discussion on DACA and the DREAM Act, hosted by Congresswoman Nita Lowey at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law. The event was covered by FiOS1 News. Pace student Lisdy Contreras Giron was interviewed by FiOS1 after the event.

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The Lens:"Lawyer says Orleans Parish DA used a fake subpoena to pressure teenage molestation victim"

09/22/2017

The Lens:"Lawyer says Orleans Parish DA used a fake subpoena to pressure teenage molestation victim"

The Lens has uncovered two more cases in which the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office appears to have given witnesses fake subpoenas — legally worthless documents apparently used for years to pressure people into talking to prosecutors.

In one case, a prosecutor delivered a fake subpoena to a teenage girl, the victim in an ongoing child molestation case, according to her lawyer.

After the lawyer told the DA’s office not to contact the girl directly, the prosecutor got a real subpoena and had it delivered to her at school. When the girl didn’t show for an interview, the prosecutor threatened to put her in jail.

The prosecutor in the case has said was he merely doing his job despite the victim’s refusal to cooperate. Her lawyer said his actions ended up victimizing the girl again.

“I think the prosecutor is engaging in unprofessional conduct,” said Bennett Gershman, a Pace University law professor and an expert in prosecutorial misconduct, “by using tactics that smack of heavy-handedness and harassment.”

The fake subpoenas ordered witnesses to meet privately with prosecutors. State law allows such meetings, but prosecutors must file a formal written motion saying why they need to talk to the witness, and a judge must approve it.

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NY1: "Fundraiser held in East Harlem to help hurricane victims"

09/22/2017

NY1: "Fundraiser held in East Harlem to help hurricane victims"

A fundraiser was held in East Harlem Thursday to help the hurricane victims.

The event at the Julia de Burgos Art Center included music and dance performances and an art auction.

Organizers say the fundraiser is meant not only to help the victims, but the people here concerned for their loved ones.

"It's a sad time right now. There's a lot of people that don't know where their families are and they're not communicating. So we want to be there to support our people in Puerto Rico, but we also want to be able to support one another here," said Adrian Roman, co-founder of "Defend Puerto Rico."

"I'm here to support my people and to help. Especially, this particular event really resonates with me and what we need to be doing in Puerto Rico because it's targeting communities that need it the most," said Aileen Cardona, professor of Latin studies at Pace University.

The director of the center says they will be collecting food, medicine and other donations from October 6 to October 10.

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Lowey Hosts DACA, DREAM Act Roundtable Discussion with DREAMers, Advocates, Legal Experts

09/18/2017

Lowey Hosts DACA, DREAM Act Roundtable Discussion with DREAMers, Advocates, Legal Experts

Participants discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and call for Enactment of DREAM Act.

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester today hosted a roundtable discussion with DREAMers, immigration advocates, legal experts, and Pace University’s president on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the urgent need to enact the DREAM Act.

Joining Congresswoman Lowey were Marvin Krislov, President of Pace University; Lisdy Contreras-Giron, a Pace Pleasantville undergraduate and DREAMer; Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link; Karin Anderson Ponzer, Director of Neighbors Link Community Law Practice; Andrea Alarcon, a DACA recipient and Manager of Operations and Community Development at Neighbors Link; Jessica Young, Immigration Law Attorney at Westchester Hispanic Coalition; Vanessa Merton, Professor of Law and Faculty Supervisor at the Immigration Justice Clinic and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; Tom McDonnell, Professor of Law at the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; Miguel Sanchez Robles, Assistant Clinic Administrator at the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; and Alyson Spindell, Director of Community Engagement at the Office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

“President Trump’s callous decision to end DACA is immoral and wrong,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “DREAMers like Lisdy and Andrea who were brought to the United States as children, are Americans in the eyes of their communities. They grow up alongside of us, pledge allegiance to our flag, have graduated from school with us or served in the military, pay billions in taxes, and contribute to our economic growth and competitiveness. DREAMers are us. The DREAM Act, to give DREAMers a path to citizenship, would pass if brought to the House floor, and Republican leadership should stop blocking it.”

“I firmly believe in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a path to education for immigrants,” said Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “The program has served Pace, our community, and our country well. During my time at Pace I have already met impressive and highly motivated students, making amazing contributions to the community, who have benefited from DACA. Let’s continue to protect these students and let them focus on achieving their dreams. I hope that Congress and the President can find a way forward that is inclusive and beneficial for all.”

“With me choosing to come out it's because I am proud,” said Pace University student and DREAMer Lisdy Contreras-Giron. “I’m proud of the decision that my parents made. I am proud of the jobs they hold to sustain my family, and I’m proud of who I am. Being a ‘DREAMer’ as we are identified, is not just being a ‘DREAMer.’ We are your neighbors, we are peers, we are your classmates, we are your children’s babysitters, your nurses. We are individuals who surround you in different aspects of you each and every day. For me it’s being my parents sacrifices, it’s being my parents struggle, a reflection of my parents work ethic, being my struggles, my sacrifices, my work ethic and my successes. I am the resilience that I’ve built through the hardships and adversity. Everything that I am is because of that. I would never be ashamed to say I am undocumented, and I’m currently a DACA recipient because it has made me who I am. I am proud of who I am.”

“DACA rescission was a foolish and terrible decision,” said Pace University law professor Vanessa Merton. “Forcing the most educated and fully integrated of our immigrant communities back into the shadows makes no sense.  Reaching across the Congressional aisle to formulate a simple, clear pathway to status for the DACA generation is smart and right, not only for them and their families and friends, but for their employers and our economy, which desperately needs younger, bilingual and multicultural workers with education or military service.  As a teacher and employer of DACA recipients, I can tell you that they are among the brightest, quickest, most resourceful, most resilient, most entrepreneurial, and most adaptable members of our society, and the efficiency and productivity of our institutions will suffer tremendously if we can no longer consider them for appropriate positions.  Where is the competitive American spirit? Why would we ever not want the very best available people to contribute to our country?”

“Neighbors Link is not completely surprised by the decision of the Department of Justice at the request of President Trump to cease and desist the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival,” said Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link. “Data shows that those who have applied for DACA know no other country as their home but the United States due to their age when they arrived.  Data also shows that DACA recipients are either working or in school - either way contributing to their communities and the economy. If these are not the values and activities that we believe in as a country, then what are?  We are not surprised, but we are no less heartbroken with this irrational, illogical and indefensible decision by this administration. We are also even more determined to support and defend the rights of the almost 800,000 individuals who proudly call themselves DACAmented Americans.”

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era program that protects some 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the United States as children, from deportation. An estimated 41,970 people in New York are DACA recipients.

The DREAM Act (H.R. 3440) would protect these young immigrants, known as DREAMers, from deportation and give them a path to citizenship. Congresswoman Lowey is a cosponsor of the legislation.

Following the Administration’s announcement on DACA, fifteen states, including New York, and the District of Columbia, filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s decision to end the program. Additionally, Pace University President Krislov issued a statement in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on behalf of the university. During a “Campus Conversation on DACA” at the university on September 12, Ms. Contreras-Giron announced her status as a DREAMer to the campus community.

Click here for additional photos from the roundtable. Audio of Congresswoman Lowey’s statement is available here.

 

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