A New York Senator declares a Brooklyn Caribbean community a ‘Sanctuary Senate District’.
Senator Jesse Hamilton represents Brooklyn’s 20th Senatorial District that includes Crown Heights, Park Slope, and Lefferts Gardens – which all have large Caribbean immigrant populations.
He instilled the “Sanctuary Senate District” program to provide assistance to immigrants in response to Donald Trump signing an executive order that jeopardizes the rights of Caribbean and other immigrants.
He vows that his Crown Heights office will have on-site specialists from more than 20 community-based organizations that are partners for the “Sanctuary Senate District”, to provide services protecting the rights of immigrants in regards to legal challenges to their immigration status, delays in citizenship applications, and potential deportation orders.
Prior to instilling the “Sanctuary Senate District” program, Hamilton had been under fire for switching from the Democrat party to the Independent Democratic Conference, which he says he did to put himself in a position to negotiate the passage of legislation pertaining to immigrants.
New York is among the major U.S. cities that are refusing to comply with Trump’s executive order, causing Trump to sign another executive order that would stop funding to cities that do not cooperate.
Last Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a list detailing the offenses of the 680 immigrants, including an undisclosed number of Jamaicans and Guyanese, who were recently detained and slated for deportation. 75% of those listed have criminal records in the U.S.