By Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition Working Group Contact via tcimmigrants.com Send your writings and opinions on local issues to josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport expansion and construction of the Customs and Border Patrol [CBP] Facility are seemingly done deals, as evidenced by this week’s visit to the airport by Senator Chuck Schumer in…Continue Reading “Will ICE Use Ithaca Airport Customs Facility Aimed at Globetrotting Rich? Immigrant Rights Group Wants Answers, In Writing.”

By Patricia Rodriguez prodriguez@ithaca.edu The Ithaca airport expansion project was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 3, 2018. The expansion is being hailed by the governor and by local officials as a great opportunity to bring international investment from China and other parts of the globe, and to boost the local tourism industry. The…Continue Reading “Will Airport Expansion Bring ICE to Ithaca?”

SUPPORT MORE TRUTHSAYERS REPORTING BY MAKING A DONATION TO THIS INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLET TODAY Featured photograph: Artwork by Dan Burgevin displayed outside Rep. Tom Reed’s Corning office on June 27, 2018.  Josh Brokaw/TruthSayers By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org Citizens of New York’s 23rd Congressional District visited Rep. Tom Reed’s Corning office on Wednesday, June 27, to encourage their…Continue Reading “Tom Reed Constituents Visit Corning, Urge Empathy For ‘Vulnerability and Hopes of Immigrant Children’”

Keep TruthSayers open as a public information service by making a donation today. Chotiwat Luenam was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Ithaca, N.Y. on January 23, 2018, and released from the Batavia Federal Detention Facility after posting a $5,000 bond on February 21, 2018. The Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition asked Chotiwat…Continue Reading “Afraid of Arrest By ICE? Here’s Advice From Someone Who Lived It”

SUPPORT MORE TRUTHSAYERS REPORTING BY MAKING A DONATION TO THIS INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLET TODAY By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement [ICE], will be speaking to students and faculty at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, New York, on Thursday, February 15. The event is scheduled for Room 5-105, according to…Continue Reading “ICE Director Visiting Watertown on Thursday”

SUPPORT MORE TRUTHSAYERS REPORTING BY MAKING A DONATION TO THIS INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLET TODAY By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org Ithacans rallied on the Commons on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 6, to tell the federal government to stop criminalizing community members. The “STOP Criminalizing Our People Rally” gathered a group of people – ranging from about 70 to…Continue Reading “Taste of Thai Chef Arrested by ICE Released, Commons Rally Says “We Must Protect Us””

SUPPORT MORE TRUTHSAYERS REPORTING BY MAKING A DONATION TO THIS INDEPENDENT MEDIA OUTLET TODAY By Josh Brokaw josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org Advocates for the rights of farmworkers in New York were disappointed this week by a judge choosing not to strike down the exemption in New York state law that prevents agricultural workers from organizing unions. On Tuesday, January 18,…Continue Reading “Denied Again: Farmworkers’ Right to Organize”

Keep TruthSayers Happening as a Public Forum by Donating Today The opinions expressed by the author are hers alone. If you’d like to share your thoughts or news about an important issue in your community, email josh.brokaw@truthsayers.org Featured photograph of Dolores Bustamente supporters at Batavia Immigrations and Custom Enforcement facility, December 17, 2017. By Patricia…Continue Reading ““Nightmare of Deportation” For Locals Is Excuse to Fund Mass Security State”

By Beth Harris and Patricia Rodríguez All views expressed are that of the authors, who were participants in the events they report on below. From November 10 to 12, several members of the Ithaca College community and the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition (TCIRC) traveled to the Arizona/Sonora border to participate in the 2nd Border…Continue Reading “Cross-Border Organizing: Report from the SOAW Border Encuentro”