“I fear that I will have to leave my family, especially my daughter. I am terrified to be separated from my husband — he is my rock — he keeps me safe.”
A panel discussion designed to provide information and to address the community’s questions concerning refugees and immigrants in Gardiner and the Hudson Valley will take place on Friday, May 19, 7 p.m., at the Gardiner Town Hall.
A bill making its way through the Ulster County Legislature would set new policy guidelines with the goal of restricting cooperation
New Paltz resident Joel Guerrero, who became a local symbol of what many residents feel is overreach on the part of the Trump administration when he was detained Feb. 28 for a charge nearly a decade old, was released the morning of Wednesday, May 10. His deportation case is still pending, but it appears that he will be present for the birth of his child, due later this month.
Ripples of fear are coursing through Woodstock, Kingston, Phoenicia, Fleischmanns, Margaretville, and other towns where many Latin Americans are working in such fields as food service and construction.
We all lose if we do not treat the immigrants in our communities, and one another, with the respect and trust that we all deserve.
With overwhelming support from testifying residents to bolster them, New Paltz Town Council members voted unanimously last Thursday to pass a law which formally limits cooperation by town police officers with agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A public hearing was scheduled for April 6.
Joel Guerrero of New Paltz isn’t the sort of guy who comes to mind when the president talks about deporting criminals. He has a 2010 misdemeanor conviction resulting from police finding a pot plant at his house while responding to a noise complaint, and he regularly checks in with immigration officials. But after years of strict deportation of felony offenders under the Obama administration, most of the remaining immigrants that could be deported have similarly non-threatening criminal records.
“This is like a bad dream,” said Jessica Guerrero, Joel’s wife who is six-months pregnant. “I never imagined this could happen.”