Immigration

 

Siana McClean is an immigration attorney and the regional American Immigration Lawyers Association representative. She works with detainees at the Federal Detention Center in Batavia. Her drive to the court involves crossing the U.S. Canadian Border. 

But since March 16th, she hasn’t been making the trip. She's worried about the coronavirus. 

ICE chief slams New York's Green Light Law

Feb 21, 2020
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a stop in the Capital Region today to take a stand against a New York law that prevents immigration officers from accessing state motor vehicle information. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed the press conference as political theater.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with President Donald Trump Thursday to discuss their feud over the Green Light Law and the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP).  


President Trump is putting new immigration restrictions on Nigeria and five other countries, the Department of Homeland Security announced Friday, in the latest move to reshape U.S. immigration rules.

The new policy restricts immigrant visas for citizens of Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Eritrea, Myanmar, and Kyrgyzstan. It does not ban them from traveling to the U.S. for other reasons.

By putting restrictions on the six countries, the Trump administration nearly doubles the number of nations targeted by some form of travel ban.

The matter is still being argued in litigation. But on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to allow the Trump administration to impose new rules on immigrants and use of public benefits, rules which may adversely affect the permanent residency status of some. In Buffalo, some who serve "New Americans" say most are not affected by the change but add that many are missing out on deserved benefits out of fear their status would change.

Joseph Celestin / Immigrant Defense Project

Immigration advocates gathered Tuesday in Albany to urge state lawmakers to pass a bill that would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making arrests in and around local and state courthouses.

University at Buffalo

During this holiday season, many are enjoying family, friends and the joy of the time. A University at Buffalo doctor is going into an area many are fleeing and doing good.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was threatened during a local radio program.

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Niagara County is suing Albany, claiming the system that allows people in the country illegally to get driver's licenses is unfair to citizens and, therefore, a violation of the Equal Protection provision of the New York State Constitution.

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The labor movement says it is going all in on helping immigrants, who are joining unions in increasing numbers. It is part of a national program involving the AFL-CIO, headed by Richard Trumka.

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Fort Niagara has been a lot of things throughout its 300-plus-year history.

 

It was a crucial military post for France, Great Britain and eventually the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a training ground for Polish soldiers during World War I, as well as an induction site for the U.S. Army and even a camp for German prisoners of war during World War II.

 

On Wednesday morning, it was also the beginning for 20 of the United States’ newest citizens, as Old Fort Niagara hosted its first naturalization ceremony in nearly three decades.

 

 

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The continuing national turmoil about immigration and the U.S. southern border drew a large crowd Wednesday night to St. Joseph University Church for an interfaith service.

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Buffalo's Common Council went after President Trump Tuesday, attacking him for his comments about four freshmen women in Congress.

Updated at on July 18 at 1:52 p.m. ET

President Trump continued his attacks against four freshman Democratic congresswomen at a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday, with the crowd breaking into a chant of "send her back" against one, echoing the president's racist message from the weekend.

Trump on Thursday disavowed the chant.

Antonino Hernandez-Bautista left for work Tuesday morning. He would not be coming back.

About 8 a.m. Tuesday, a calm summer day with clear skies in Albion, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers pulled over and arrested Hernandez-Bautista and took him to a federal detention facility in Batavia, about 20 minutes away.

Reed, Problem Solvers head to southern border

Jul 17, 2019
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A bipartisan coalition of congress members is heading to the southern U.S. border on Friday. The Problem Solvers Caucus plans to visit a detention center in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Buffalo Common Councilmember David Rivera condemned President Trump’s racist tweets about four U.S. congresswomen of color Tuesday. Speaking outside City Hall, Rivera was joined by members of Buffalo’s Puerto Rican and Somali communities, which among many other groups have made a home in the West Side district he represents.


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It might still be more than a month away for kids, but some adults went back to school this week. It was the start of the Buffalo Public Schools’ summer semester of English classes for individuals aged 21 and older.


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Jericho Road Community Health Center provided an update Monday about how the Vive Shelter on Buffalo’s East Side is coping with the influx of nearly 100 new Congolese asylum seekers. The Congolese arrived about three weeks ago after being released from detention at the southern U.S. border.

Updated at 5:07 p.m. ET

The acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to step down in the coming weeks, according to two agency officials, amid a public furor over the treatment of migrant children in U.S. facilities.

John Sanders is expected to make his resignation effective July 5, according to the officials, who spoke to NPR on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made to agency employees.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill late Monday night that will allow undocumented workers in New York to obtain a driver’s license. The "Green Light Bill" was highly contested by Republican lawmakers throughout the legislative process. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with a few undocumented workers on what a license means to them and the risks they face without it.

The New York State Senate voted 33-29 to allow undocumented immigrants to receive standard driver’s licenses. Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised some last-minute objections, saying he fears some data the state Department of Motor Vehicles collects on the immigrants might be accessed by the federal government and immigration officials. However, late in the evening, the governor signed the bill.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The New York State Assembly has passed and sent on to the State Senate a bill to allow driver's licenses for people in the country illegally. Supporters of Green Light New York are excited - and showed it at a rally in front of Lafayette High School in Buffalo.

A change effected in the recent state budget legislation may have a big impact in immigrant communities. It’s called the One Day to Protect New Yorkers Act, or One Day Act, and it changes the maximum sentence for Class A misdemeanors from 365 days to 364 days.


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Immigration reform, infrastructure needs, and the negative impacts of trade mark some of New York Farm Bureau’s priorities for the upcoming year.

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The New York State Legislature has approved a measure known as the Dream Act that would offer college aid for children of undocumented immigrants. However, they stopped short of acting on a measure to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants in New York without documentation.

Tuesday at 1 p.m. WNED/WBFO is hosting another Facebook Live event as part of the "Making Buffalo Home" initiative. It's the second in an ongoing community conversation on the impact of immigration in Western New York. For a preview WBFO's Jay Moran chats with WNED Senior Producer Lynne Bader.


U.S. Census Bureau

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s population is increasing overall, but not in New York.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

More than 100-educators from across the eight counties of Western New York gathered at the Teaching to Change the World Conference held at Erie One Boces in West Seneca. It was presented by The Summer Institute for Human Rights of Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says educators learned about human rights.     

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Marijuana has been legal in Canada for a month, but already immigration lawyers and cannabis executives say when it comes to getting into the United States, the worst may be yet to come.

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