NYC And The Immigration Debate
April 1st, 2006

Among the many entries in the DMIBlog about the recently-heightened debate over immigration, there are several that in effect ask the question: Where has New York been?

Adrianne Shropshire of New York Jobs with Justice is explicit: As the immigration debate heats up and large scale protests mount around the country, one can’t help but hear the whisper, “where is NYC?” She hopes that New Yorkers will be involved in great numbers in a mass protest here in coordination with cities around the nation on April 10th, but doesnt sound too optimistic. We may in fact hit numbers in the hundreds of thousands on April 10th (if not more) but if we do not the measure of our success should be the diversity of representation and the numbers of people who continue to engage in the fight after the banners come down.

(A comment points out the demonstration today from the Brooklyn Bridge to Federal Plaza.)

In a different entry, Elana Levin reports on a City Council hearing to condemn one of the bills proposed in Congress. Now I know what you’re thinking, Levin writes, that the NY City Council can’t do anything about the bad immigration legislation that the Congress seems amped to pass. But she says the city doesn’t have to be a helpless victim of bad policy directives coming out of Washington it can take the lead by serving as inspiration, and a role model. Better enforcement of workplace safety laws especially in construction jobs would be a great place to start.

In another entry yesterday, Levin praises comments by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said “We’re not going to deport 12 million people, so let’s stop this fiction…
Levin writes: I never thought these words would pass my keyboard but Bloomberg’s hit the nail on its head.

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