Political Science Majors: #Notalternativefacts event

On Thursday, March 2, Alpha Phi Omega and Unicef @ Baruch are organizing their #Notalternativefacts event to discuss recent developments in immigration policy, how they affect students, and what students can do to get involved.

Guest speakers include Ivy Teng Lei and Tala Mansi.  Professor Els de Graauw will moderate the discussion.

Date:               TH 3/2
Time:             12pm
Location:        VC 2-125

Refreshments will be served.

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March 1 Sanctuary City event at NY Tenement Museum

MARCH 1, 2017



While President Trump has said he will put an end to sanctuary cities, New York City policymakers have vowed to uphold the practice of protecting city residents without legal documentation. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will be joined by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal in a conversation about the challenges ahead. They will explore what it means to be a sanctuary city and how the city can support and protect immigrant rights during a Trump administration. Lawrence Downes, who covers immigration for the New York Times editorial board, will moderate the discussion. Eleanor Pelta, former President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Tenement Museum trustee, joins the panel.

March 1, 2017
6:30-8:00 PM
Tenement Museum
103 Orchard Street, New York NY 10002
Contact Phone: 646-518-3032
Contact Email: LLee@tenement.org
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Important links to new policies

Here are the links to the full-text of the DHS / ICE memos released today (they are dated as adopted yesterday):

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Emergency rally to protest DACA arrest, 2/16

United We Dream is sponsoring a rally in response to the arrest of Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23 year-old Dreamer arrested by ICE in Seattle.

Rally to #FreeDaniel and Stop ICE Raids
TOMORROW February 16, 2017 at 5pm EST
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Varick Street Federal Building)
201 Varick Street #5, New York, NY 10014

Facebook event page.

(bring signs if you can!)

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CUNY Immigrants Matter Facebook Live Session, 2/8 at 6 PM

Immigrants Matter at CUNY – The impact of President Trump’s Executive Orders

On January 29th, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order that bars entry of non-immigrants such as F-1 students from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen into the United States. To explain the order and the impact on CUNY’s immigrant students and the faculty and staff who support them, join us for Facebook Live session on Wednesday 2/8 at 6:00pm

Facebook event link here.
CUNY CItizenship Now! offers free, confidential legal services for immigrant students, faculty and staff.

Please email us at citizenshipnowinfo@cuny.edu

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Yemeni American Shutdown and Rally to Protest Executive Order 2/2

Yemeni American merchants have declared a shutdown of their bodegas and grocery stores on Thursday from 12:00pm – 8:00pm to send the message that they and their families play a vital role in the economic and social fabric of New York. There are 4 – 6,000 bodegas and grocery stores owned by Yemeni Americans across the city.

This Thursday, February 2, at 4:30pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St. in the back of the building facing the plaza, the Yemeni American community will hold a rally where some merchants will share the impact the Ban has had on them and their loved one.

Houses of worship, immigrant groups, police reform groups, civil rights groups and individual allies are invited to join the rally. The program will start at 5:15pm where community members will assemble to make the sun-down prayer in the plaza with allies encircling the prayer with locked arms in a U shape.  The call to prayer will be made and prayer performed.  The prayer will be followed with Yemeni merchants and their families telling their stories.

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Recommendations for Staff and Students Regarding the Travel Ban

This document includes a very useful set of recommendations for university students, staff, and faculty and deals with the personal and institutional implications of the recent executive order. The National Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union collaborated with faculty in the midwest to create these recommendations over the weekend and will update them as conditions change. Any updates will be posted here, not on the resources page (since the document may change).

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Baruch President’s Statement on the Executive Order


January 31, 2017

 Supporting All Members of the Baruch College Community

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

President Trump’s Executive Orders banning immigration from seven Islamic countries on Friday is an affront to the basic values that the vast majority of Americans hold dear. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants�and this city, perhaps more than any other, has thrivedd because of its constantly changing and growing immigrant populations. Moreover, the mission of The City University of New York, and especially its early precursor, the Free Academy, which stood on the site of what is now Baruch College’s Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue, is in large part to serve the academic needs of this striving immigrant population. So we are determined that Baruch College will continue to be a safe and nurturing place for ALL of our students, faculty, and staff to study and work.

I am able to report that a search of CUNY’s records by the office of Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita C. Rabinowitz has revealed that there are 120 students from the seven countries covered in the Executive Order currently studying at the University, and we are unaware of any currently enrolled Baruch students who are stranded and unable to re-enter the United States.

Baruch stands firmly with the position reiterated yesterday by Chancellor Milliken that sought to reassure and support our community during this challenging time. While the Federal courts have issued a nationwide, temporary injunction to block the deportation of all people who are currently stranded at U.S. airports, there are also various kinds of support that the College can offer at the local level. If you have concerns or specific questions, or would like free, confidential support, there are several resources available on campus or through CUNY. I want, in particular, to urge those who may have concerns about their immigration status to make use of the free services available to you, including:

·        CUNY Citizenship Now (CN!) is a strong resource for questions surrounding immigration status or services. Affected students, faculty and staff abroad can write directly to citizenshipnowinfo@cuny.edu. CN! will follow up with a phone call if necessary. For affected students, faculty, and staff here in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, CN! advises not to travel abroad if at all possible until there is more clarity on these evolving regulations.

·        The Baruch College Counseling Center offers students individual and group counseling. It is located at 137 East 25th Street, 9th Floor, Room 914, or call 646-312-2155 to make an appointment.

·        The Office of the Dean of Students is available to answer any question or listen to concerns of all students. Student Life has created a safe space for Wednesday, February 1, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and Thursday, February 2, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Bearcat Den (Newman Vertical Campus, 2nd Floor). Students, faculty, and staff can assemble to discuss the issue and get legal advice. An immigration expert, Yogi Patel, Esq., of Lloyd Patel LLP, will be on hand to answer student questions surrounding immigration issues free of charge.
We advise that all members of the Baruch community who could be subject to these travel restrictions be extremely cautious and careful in deciding to make plans to travel outside the U.S. at this time. We recommend that you seek legal advice before doing so. Finally, let me reiterate that Baruch College remains committed to maintaining an open, safe, and healthy campus environment for all.


Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College

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Human Rights Roundtable 2/9 in Queens


Please join Borough President Melinda Katz and Commissioner Helen Diane Foster 

Come prepared to learn about the NYS Human Rights Law and how it can work for you 

Thursday, February 9, 2017
10 AM to 12 PM

Queens Borough Hall
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 200
Kew Gardens, New York 11424 

or call 718-741-8326

Free & Open to the Public

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues and constituents. Light refreshments will be available. 

If you need an accommodation for disability,
please contact John Herrion at (718) 741-8332


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