Chairman Crowley Hosts Immigration Town Hall in Conjunction with Assembly Member Moya

Mar 24, 2017 Issues: In the Community

Immigration Experts Join Town Hall to Address Community Concerns

(Queens, N.Y.) – On Thursday, March 23, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, hosted a town hall on immigration in conjunction with NYS Assembly Member Francisco Moya to discuss the new administration’s immigration actions, the future for our DREAMers, and the best ways to protect our most vulnerable communities. Crowley, who was forced to remain in the Capitol after House Republicans delayed the vote on their healthcare proposal, gave his welcoming remarks to guests in attendance via Skype.

“The past few months have been particularly challenging for our immigrant communities,” said Rep. Crowley. “Since the very beginning of the Trump Administration, I have spoken out against the executive orders to deny funding to cities like New York, to build an unnecessary and hurtful wall, and to create a deportation force that strikes fear into the hearts of immigrant New Yorkers. That’s why it’s imperative that we hold forums like these to inform our families, friends and neighbors of their rights, where they can get trustworthy and reliable immigration assistance and how to best make their voices heard. I thank Assembly Member Moya for partnering with me in this effort as well as the advocates who were able to join our panel and share their expertise on how we can keep our families together.”

“New York City is committed to protecting the vulnerable immigrant communities who face uncertain futures during these unsettling times,” said Assembly Member Moya. “Prior to President Trump's immigration actions, if you were someone with no serious conviction on your record, you at least knew where you stood and what to expect. Now it seems like anything can be cause for enforcement. When even law enforcement was left confused by Trump’s rushed and poorly written executive order, the average person isn’t going to understand how it will impact their life. Ultimately, people need to know their rights in order to protect themselves; it is their first line of defense. Our district is lucky to have a leader in Congress like Representative Joe Crowley fighting for our community. I’m proud to have hosted this immigration town hall in conjunction with him and hope it will provide clarity where there is confusion.”

The town hall, which was held at St. Leo Catholic Academy in Corona, drew over 200 attendees and included a panel of immigration experts from various agencies and organizations including the Queens District Attorney's Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York Immigration Coalition, Safe Passage Project, Sanctuary for Families, the American Immigration Lawyer Association and UnLocal.

Congressman Crowley is the ten-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He serves as Chairman of the Democratic Caucus and is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives.