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Ithaca Urges Congress to Pass Immigration Reform
2010 The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | March 16, 2010 - 2:35am | By Brynn Leopold

Posted on 03/16/2010 7:47:23 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

The City of Ithaca Common Council this month addressed the nationally contentious issue of immigration by unanimously passing a resolution on March 3 that calls on Congress to replace the enforcement-only policy, cease raids and provide a pathway for legal citizenship.

Alderpersons Eric Rosario (I-2nd Ward) and Maria Coles (D-1st Ward) introduced the bill after working for months in conjunction with the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition, Catholic Charities Immigrant Center and Tompkins County Workers Center.

The resolution condemns the current laws, stating that “our nation’s immigration system continues to be broken, with the federal government pursuing an ineffective enforcement-only strategy that attempts to make the nation’s antiquated immigration laws fit current realities.”

“Ithaca is quite progressive, so the City of Ithaca, at least theoretically, is a safe-haven for immigrants, but it is quite different in some of the outlying counties,” Ute Ritz-Deutch of the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition said. In 2007, Ithaca supported moratoriums on raids and deportations, unless conducted by federal law enforcement officials. Local police are prohibited from investigating people for the sole purpose of checking immigration status.

In upstate New York there are an estimated 65,000 undocumented farm workers, and Ithaca has the highest proportion of non-US citizens — more than Syracuse and Rochester, according to Ritz-Deutch.

“What was so powerful about it is that a lot of people in our local government have either family members or people that they know that have undocumented status. A lot of people are really personally affected by this,” she said. The resolution notes that one in ten people over the age of 18 in Ithaca is a non-US resident, based on the 2000 census.

According to the resolution, addressing an issue that “engenders an atmosphere of divisiveness and mistrust” discourages the reporting of crimes because of “well-founded fears of immigration enforcement action against them, thereby putting entire communities at risk and undermining public safety for all.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; cityofevil; illegal; ithaca; squattersupportsquad
Ithaca is the City of Evil.


1 posted on 03/16/2010 7:47:24 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: VampireStateNY; governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; ...
City of Evil bump:


2 posted on 03/16/2010 7:48:15 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Speaking of the City of Evil....

Police shooting sparks criticism

3 posted on 03/16/2010 7:50:41 AM PDT by mewzilla (No taxation without representation!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

the City of Ithaca, at least theoretically, is a safe-haven for immigrants, but it is quite different in some of the outlying counties,”

...yeah. Those “bumpkins’ are into silly shi& like “legal immigration”. They don’t want all the “great” things the illegals have to offer like crime, multiple births, welfare recipients etc.


4 posted on 03/16/2010 7:53:31 AM PDT by albie
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Typical head-in-the-sand liberalism. No surprise here.


5 posted on 03/16/2010 7:55:15 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (American exceptionalism - for liberals, it's like garlic to a vampire)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Ithaca should worry about their own problems!


6 posted on 03/16/2010 7:57:48 AM PDT by orinoco
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

There already is “a pathway for legal citizenship”. All they have to do is follow the law of our land.


7 posted on 03/16/2010 8:01:27 AM PDT by RC2
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To: RC2

Nice to see the Catholics are on the right side of this issue, as usual. Sigh.


8 posted on 03/16/2010 8:04:01 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I’m the village attorney for a small municipality in southwest Missouri. At our meetings, we deal with issues like road maintenance and the village sewer plant. If someone brought up a resolution like this, they’d be laughed out of the meeting or excoriated for wasting everybody’s time.


9 posted on 03/16/2010 8:05:49 AM PDT by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Famous Cornell alum at right.

10 posted on 03/16/2010 8:06:09 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Republicans should attach a provision that all illegals must subsequently reside within the town boundaries of Ithaca, New York


11 posted on 03/16/2010 8:09:30 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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**...all illegals must subsequently reside within the town boundaries of Ithaca,...**

There are no Republicans on the Ithaca COMMON COUNCIL.. (they can’t even have a CITY Council)!

Keep the illegals in the CITY, the Town of Ithaca actually does have a few Republican residents.. maybe a dozen or two.


12 posted on 03/16/2010 8:15:37 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (OBAMA ... Orwell's 1984 was a WARNING ... NOT a TEXTBOOK!!!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

There already is a pathway for legal citizenship. The illegals just should have followed it.

Solution: Send them back and let them try again, the right way.


13 posted on 03/16/2010 8:36:09 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: albie

And a proud gun-clinging, Bible believing, (knuckle dragging) citizen of those one of those *outlying* counties.


14 posted on 03/16/2010 8:37:33 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Ag school graduate?


15 posted on 03/16/2010 8:42:19 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Victory or Death)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Back during The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.



Harry Truman deported over two million Illegal's after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans.



And then again in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican nationals! The program was called 'Operation Wetback' so that American WWII and Korean veterans had a better chance at jobs. It took 2 Years, but they deported them!



Now, if they could deport the illegal's back then, they can sure do it today! lf you have doubts about the accuracy of this information, enter Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for yourself.

16 posted on 03/16/2010 8:44:34 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (SPEAK UP REPUBLICANS, WE CAN'T HEAR YOU YET! IMPEACH OBAMA!)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Ag ‘79, yes.


17 posted on 03/16/2010 9:08:53 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: HighlyOpinionated

It took 2 Years, but they deported them! A new operation wetback could be done in one year now,when do we start?.


18 posted on 03/16/2010 9:25:32 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: gwilhelm56

I meant Republicans in the US Congress. (I understand that local government in Ithaca is run by a Supreme Soviet. Let ‘em have all of the illegals then).


19 posted on 03/16/2010 9:35:32 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NativeNewYorker

So he didn’t really graduate from the Ivy side but from the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Oh dear how plebian.


20 posted on 03/16/2010 12:03:32 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Victory or Death)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
there ALREADY IS a pathway for citizenship... the ILLEGALS simply don't want to follow the path!!!
21 posted on 03/16/2010 3:10:07 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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