Immigration Justice Media Coverage

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20 to watch in 2020 in mid-Hudson

“It only took a few years for Rene Mejia Jr. to become fed up with the broken state of social services for undocumented immigrant families while employed as a caseworker and interpreter in Poughkeepsie… His frustration pushed him into the world of volunteering and immigrant justice advocacy with the local, grassroots group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.” 

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Long lines at DMVs as people sign up on first day of Green Light law
“Undocumented residents in the region may sign up for drivers’ licenses effective today as the state’s new Green Light takes effect.” 
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Green Light law kicks in today

“Undocumented residents in the region may sign up for drivers’ licenses effective today as the state’s new Green Light takes effect.” 

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The US city preparing itself for the collapse of capitalism
OCTOBER 31, 2019 | Alexandra Marvar, THE GUARDIAN

“Organizations like RiseUp Kingston, Kingston Citizens, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, and the Kingston Tenants Union facilitate civic engagement, combat displacement, and advocate for policies to address an increasingly dire housing shortage.” 

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Woodstock considers municipal ID card
August 27, 2019 | Nick Henderson, Hudson Valley One

“‘Woodstock may be the first small town in the state to issue municipal identification cards, making it easier for undocumented immigrants and others without paperwork to conduct town and other routine business.” 

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Tense times in local Latino community
August 10, 2019 | LANA BELLAMY, Times Herald-Record

“In reflecting on the El Paso shooting, Rene Mejia Jr., an organizer for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, said there is a tension in the local Latino community in the wake of the massacre.” 

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Ulster against ICE: Local groups, governments defy feds to protect immigrants
August 5, 2019 | Jessie J. Smith, Hudson Valley One

“‘ICE has always been in and out of Kingston but in the past it was mostly outside of probation offices, courts, government offices,’ said Diana Lopez, a community organizer for immigration advocacy group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. ‘But now it’s to the point where they’re knocking on doors. It’s terrifying.’” 

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Residents Fearful of Advocates Offering Help After ICE Visits in Kingston
July 17, 2019 | BEN NANDY, Spectrum News

“As bulletins went out over social media from activist groups and the City of Kingston, Midtown — a neighborhood heavily populated with recently arrived hispanic immigrants — began to look like a ghost town. NLMH organizers posted its warning to followers early Wednesday morning on social media, after an organizer shared video and photos of what he claimed were ICE agents walking around a house and looking in windows.” 

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Newburgh immigrants in hiding after they say ICE was in area, knocking on doors
July 16, 2019 | news 12 Westchester

“Ignacio Acevedo, with local nonprofit “Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson,” tells News 12 that people sent him a photo of ICE agents outside their door on Carpenter Avenue arriving in a blue Hyundai. People also sent him photos of sightings in Middletown and Monroe Monday. He says his phone has been ringing off the hook with people worried they’ll be next and asking him when they’ll be safe.

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Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson celebrates driver’s license law
July 15, 2019 | MID hudson news

“The nonprofit’s lead organizer Ignacio Acevedo was thrilled for the new law, known as the Green Light bill. ‘The meaning for the community in particular is being able to survive without being scared of being separated from your family. I’m a citizen, so not being worried for my family gives me peace of mind.’

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Local immigration advocates chime in on ICE crackdown
July 15, 2019 | Mid hudson news

“Jessica Moss, an intern at Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and junior at Vassar College, also weighed in on the raids. ‘It’s probably very frightening for people in the community,’ Moss said. ‘Most are residents who have lived in the community for years and years, so we at Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson work to ensure that everyone has their rights.’

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Green Light victory celebration in Newburgh
July 14, 2019 | Rachel Ettlinger, TIMES HERald record

“Amid reports of an elevated Immigration and Customs Enforcement presence in New York City, advocates for the state’s recently passed Green Light Bill hosted a party in Newburgh to celebrate their ‘victory.’ Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson hosted a ‘Fiesta de la Victoria’ Sunday afternoon into the evening at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center to celebrate the June passage of the Green Light Bill, which authorizes driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country illegally.

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Kingston’s Lights for Liberty vigil illuminates city hall
July 13, 2019 | MID HUDSON NEWS

“The Lights of Liberty vigil, held Friday evening in front of Kingston City Hall, drew a large crowd of area residents and human rights organizations protesting the conditions held at the Mexican detention camps in America. The most prominent organizations attending the event were Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and Citizen Action of New York, with Dianna Lopez representing the former and Fanon Fraizer representing the latter.

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Newburgh Sunday Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson event
July 12, 2019 | Rachel ettlinger, Times herald record

“Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson will host a ‘Victory Party’ in Newburgh on Sunday to celebrate the passing of the state’s Green Light Bill. The group that works out of Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties hopes to have its more than 1,200 members in Newburgh and Middletown come out with their families ‘who want to celebrate the victory and want more information on next steps,’ said Vanessa Cid.

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Capital Region immigrant advocates get ready for ICE nationwide arrests Sunday
July 11, 2019 | Mallory Moench, Times Union

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement Thursday pledged that New York would fight back and told the state to be on high alert to assist families in need of legal services… ‘It’s really disturbing but not unexpected. We knew that this was going to be coming back,’ said Jonathan Bix, director of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, that serves thousands in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties.

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Community rallies at jail to stop the persecution of migrants
July 11, 2019 | Pamela Chergotis, Warwick advertiser

“They were there to support undocumented migrants seeking refuge and express their horror at the tactics employed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the U.S.-Mexico border. The protest was organized by the local Jewish community in cooperation with the advocacy group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.

Vanessa leads a protest of ICE
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Protesters denounce Orange County jail agreement with ICE
July 9, 2019 | Times Herald record

“Vanessa Cid of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson speaks to protesters assembled outside Orange County Correctional Facility on July 8, 2019 in Goshen.”

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Newburgh issues 93 cards on first day of city ID program
July 9, 2019 | Lana bellamy, Times herald record

“We are learning as we go, but providing nearly 100 people with IDs today is a win all around,” Donat said Tuesday afternoon. Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has made a major push in municipalities throughout the region to institute municipal ID programs and had a handful of volunteers at City Hall to help with Newburgh’s launch.

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Newburgh launches municipal ID program
July 8, 2019 | Times Herald record

“The City of Newburgh has completed the quickest rollout of a municipal ID program in the mid-Hudson, according to City Manager Joe Donat. It took Newburgh just more than 90 days to launch after adopting the program on April 8… Volunteers with the local activist group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson will be on-hand Tuesday to help residents with translation and filling out applications.”

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When Paying a Traffic Ticket Can End in Deportation
June 30, 2019 | Christina Goldbaum, new york times

‘This isn’t just about going to court. No one is going to go get a municipal I.D. or go to a community meeting with the mayor if they think ICE might be around that building,’ said Ignacio Acevedo, a community organizer in Middletown with Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, an advocacy organization.”

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Ulster County Exec Signs Order Banning Employees From Cooperating With ICE
June 27, 2019 | ALLISON DUNNE, WAMC Public radio

“Ryan’s order prohibits county employees from gathering information about immigration status or sharing such information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection patrol officers unless compelled to do so by law… Ryan signed the order with members of a number of community groups on hand, including Citizen Action, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, Rise Up Kingston and the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network.”

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Immigrant groups thrilled with new driver’s license law, county clerks are not
June 19, 2019 | Mid Hudson news

“Immigrant rights organizations are ecstatic about the new law allowing undocumented people to obtain New York State driver’s licenses, but county clerks say it will place a massive burden on their offices. Ignacio Acevedo, lead organizer for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, said they want to assist the state in getting the program up and running.

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HV Reaction To Green Light Bill Varies
June 18, 2019 | Allison dunne, WAMC Public Radio

“The Green Light bill that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed late Monday is getting mixed reaction in New York. The bill allows the state to issue driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status… Seven Senate Democrats voted against the bill; six from Long Island and one from the Hudson Valley.

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Beacon Launches Photo IDs
June 7, 2019 | Jeff simms, The highlands current

“Applications for the Beacon IDs can be downloaded from the city’s website. City residents can submit applications and have their photos taken at the City Clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The cards cost $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

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Poughkeepsie to launch municipal IDs on Friday; Beacon began its program on Tuesday
June 6, 2019 | Mid Hudson News

“Last year, Poughkeepsie became one of the first municipalities outside of New York City to adopt plans for a municipal ID.  Since then, the cities of Kingston and Middletown have adopted a similar program and have begun issuing the IDs.  On Friday, June 7, the City of Poughkeepsie will allow residents to receive theirs.

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Kingston to start issuing municipal ID cards on Sunday
May 29, 2019 | Daily freeman

“Municipal ID cards will be available to Kingston residents ages 14 or older who are able to meet identity and residency requirements, according to the mayor’s office. ‘I am excited to launch the Kingston ID program, which closely aligns with our efforts to build a safe, welcoming and inclusive community where every person is valued and respected,’ Noble said in a prepared statement.

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Middletown has issued 700 municipal ID cards so far
May 28, 2019 | Mid-Hudson News network

“This Orange County city has issued some 700 municipal identification cards during the two months the cards have been available, the city clerk says… The local efforts have been spearheaded by the immigrant rights group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.

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Ulster County Legislature endorses NY Protect Our Courts Act
May 22, 2019 | Paul kirby, Daily freeman

“The Ulster County Legislature on Tuesday threw its support behind a state proposal to to prevent federal immigration agents from making arrests in and around courtrooms. The Legislature voted 13-8 in favor of a resolution that supports that state’s Protect Our Courts Act.

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Newburgh establishes ID fees
May 15, 2019 | Lana bellamy, Times Herald Record

“The Newburgh City Council approved prices for its municipal IDs during Tuesday’s regular meeting at City Hall… Examples of documents that can prove residency include a utility bill, jury summons, bank statement or an employment pay stub.

Middletown requests help for accurate census count
May 8, 2019 | Rachel Ettlinger, Times Herald Record

“Currently, nine rent regulatory laws are due to expire in New York State. Amidst what Kingston officials and residents alike are calling a housing crisis, the city is looking to voice their support of such bills as the Expansion of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act and prohibition of evictions without ‘good cause.'”

Kingston lawmakers support extension of rent control law
May 8, 2019 | Mid Hudson News

“Currently, nine rent regulatory laws are due to expire in New York State. Amidst what Kingston officials and residents alike are calling a housing crisis, the city is looking to voice their support of such bills as the Expansion of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act and prohibition of evictions without ‘good cause.'”

Newburgh Lawmakers Posit Ideas to Increase 2020 Census Participation
May 2, 2019 | Ben Nandy, Spectrum News

“Augustin, an immigrant from Oaxaca, Mexico, says in the current social and political climate, there is an overarching fear in the immigrant community with sharing any personal information with any official body for fear the information may be used against them.”

Support grows for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, group says
April 27, 2019 | Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“Jonathan Bix, executive director of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, said this week that an alliance of immigrant groups known as the Green Light Coalition, has drawn increasing support to the driver’s license matter.”

Group urges Newburgh’s support of state bill to keep ICE out of courts
April 22, 2019 | Lana Bellamy, Times Herald-Record

“Acevedo shared the story in his pitch to muster the council’s support for state legislation banning ICE from detaining people inside and outside state courts, which include town, county and village courthouses. Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a local social justice advocacy group of which Acevedo is the lead organizer, brought out 35 people to hold signs and show support for the Protect Our Courts Act at the council meeting.”

One Pulse Offers Their Heart to New Paltz ICE Detainees
April 18, 2019 | Jake Mauriello, New Paltz Oracle

“After hosting several events to raise money and awareness for the homecoming of Martinez, Yastion was contacted by Nobody Leaves Mid Hudson, an organization that brings awareness to gaining rights for undocumented citizens. Here, Yastion became more aware of the struggles faced by members of our own community.”

NY directive restricting ICE action in courts doesn’t go far enough, immigrants rights group says
April 18, 2019 | Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“An immigrant rights group says it will continue to press for a state law to prevent federal immigration agents from making arrests in and around courtrooms despite a similar directive from the state Office of Court Administration.”

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Middletown backs proposed law making it illegal for ice to make civil arrests in court without court order
April 17, 2019 |Mid Hudson News, Mid Hudson News Network

The Middletown Common Council Tuesday night voted in support of the state’s Protect Our Courts Act that would make it unlawful for ICE to make a civil arrest while a person is going to,, attending or leaving court unless the officer presents a valid judicial warrant or court order. The Poughkeepsie Common Council, Monday night, approved the same memorializing resolution.

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Middletown council endorses effort to keep ice agents away from courts in ny state 
April 17, 2019 | Daily Freeman

“The Middletown council voted its support of the state’s proposed Protect Our Courts Act a day after the Poughkeepsie Common Council did the same.”

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Ulster county legislature considers backing ny state effort to keep ice away from courts
April 17, 2019 | Patricia Doxsey, Daily Freeman

“Legislature Chairwoman Tracey Bartels said Tuesday that a resolution supporting state passage of the Protect Our Courts Act is being circulated among county lawmakers and could go before the full Legislature in May.”

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Middletwon common council backs act keeping ice officers out of courts
April 17, 2019 | Rachel Ettlinger, Times Herald-Record

“The Middletown Common Council on Tuesday night passed a resolution to support the Protect Our Courts Act. Co-sponsored by state Assembly members Jonathan Jacobson and Kevin Cahill, the act would make it unlawful for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to arrest a person who is going to, attending or leaving court unless the officer presents a valid judicial warrant or court order.”

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Ny state courts system restricts immigrantion enforcement actions
April 17, 2019 | Associated Press and Freeman staff, Daily Freeman

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents looking to make arrests inside courthouses in New York can’t do so without judicial warrants or orders, according to a directive from the New York State Office of Court Administration that took effect Wednesday.”

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Poughkeepsie council backs NY state effort to keep ice agents away from courts
April 16, 2019 | Mid Hudson News Network, Daily Freeman

“The Common Council here has gone on record as supporting the Protect Our Courts Act that’s under consideration in the state Legislature. The act would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to obtain a warrant from a federal judge before attempting to arrest an undocumented immigrant either inside or on the way to or from a court.”

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NY assemblyman cahill says restricting ice will stop courts from being ‘traps’
April 16, 2019 |Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill says courts should not be “traps” where immigration enforcement officers “ensnare unsuspecting people.” Cahill, D-Kingston, is a co-sponsor of state legislation called the Protect Our Courts Act, which would bar U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers from arresting an undocumented immigrant either inside or on the way to or from a court unless they have a warrant from a federal judge to do so.”

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Poughkeepsie council supports proposed law to keep ice out of courts
April 16, 2019 | Mid Hudson News, Mid Hudson News Network

“The presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in and around state courts increased about 17-fold, in just one year, according to a report released earlier this year by the Immigrant Defense Project.”

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Early Arrival: Hudson Yards Funded Through Questionable Visa Practices
April 15, 2019 | Max Siegelbaum, Documented

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity has ballooned 1700 percent in courthouses in recent years. That’s why Democrats recently introduced a state bill that would prevent ICE arrests while a person is attending or leaving court without a judicial warrant or court order. Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, an advocacy group in Hudson County, is drumming up support for the bill around Hudson County cities such as New Paltz, Woodstock, Poughkeepsie and Beacon.  ICE activity in the courts has made immigrants afraid of seeking legal help in various courts, including housing court. The Daily Freeman”

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Immigrant advocates pressure local boards to support bill limiting ice activity in courthouses
April 15, 2019 |Ben Nandy, Specturm News

“At their Poughkeepsie office, organizers with the immigrant advocacy group, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, were plotting two weeks of almost daily visits to meetings of local lawmaking bodies to drum up support for the Protect Our Courts Act.”

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Nobody Leaves Mid Hudson backs state bill barring ICE from arresting people attending court proceedings
April 14, 2019 |Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, the immigrant rights group that has successfully help implement municipal ID programs, is calling on various Mid-Hudson Valley governments to support the bill, which is known as the Protect Our Courts Act.”

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New paltz government officials consider local municipal ID card
April 13, 2019 |Terence Ward, Hudson Valley One

“Members of the public came out to support the concept of a local municipal ID card, the creation of which would likely fall to the town clerk and her staff members if it were to happen in New Paltz. Town and village board members had a number of questions about state record-keeping requirements, cost of equipment and other issues which must be clarified before any decision could be made.”

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Immigrants rights group spars with kingstonian project developers over rents
April 13, 2019 |Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“An immigrant rights group that successfully advocated for city municipal identification cards for undocumented immigrants is strongly opposing the mixed-use Kingstonian project planned for Uptown.”

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One Detained and One in hiding after series of ICE visits in kingston
April 11, 2019 |Ben Nandy, Spectrum News

“A series of visits to homes on Wednesday by officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has put intense fear into immigrants in Kingston, whether documented or undocumented. According to organizers with immigrant advocacy group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, at least three incidents led to one man being detained and another being forced into hiding.”

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Hudson Valley deportations devastate local communities
April 10, 2019 |Tiana Headley, Miscellany News

“I didn’t know the extent to which people were living in fear and suffering in my own community, and it was heartbreaking to hear that a place where I feel so safe and comfortable could be so hostile to others,” local New Paltz activist Ronnie Yastion shared in an email.”

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Newburg is fifth Hudson Valley city to adopt muicipal IDs
April 9, 2019 |Mid-Hudson News Network, Mid-Hudson News

“The City of Newburgh has joined the ranks of local municipalities including Middletown, Poughkeepsie and Kingston to adopt legislation to offer municipal IDs to undocumented, as well as all other residents. The city council unanimously passed a resolution to adopt Local Law #2 of 2019, Monday evening, before a packed house of supporters at the city recreation center.”

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City of Newburg OKs municipal ID cards
April 9, 2019 |Mid-Hudson News Network, Daily Freeman

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — This Orange County city has become the fifth in the Mid-Hudson Valley to approve municipal identification cards, joining Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Beacon and Middletown.

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Maloey calls for answers after Middletown ICE incident
April 6, 2019 |Mid-Hudson News Network, Mid-Hudson News

“MIDDLETOWN – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney demanded clarification on the US Immigration and Customers Enforcement police regarding Wednesday’s incident where three armed agents went into Middletown City Hall chasing an undocumented resident leaving bystanders confused and alarmed by the situation.”

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Surprise ICE action is a step backwards for Middletown, says immigration advocate
April 5, 2019 |Mid-Hudson News Network, Mid-Hudson News

“MIDDLETOWN – This weeks’ action by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, who went unannounced to Middletown City Hall looking to arrest an individual, was a step backwards for the city, said Ignacio Acevedo, the lead organizer for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, the immigration rights advocacy group.”

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Ice offers statement after agents chased a man through city hall
April 4, 2019 |Ben Nandy, Spectrum News

“Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents chased a man through the building trying to detain him. Thursday, Spectrum News received a response to the incident from Rachael Yong Yow, the Public Affairs Officer for ICE New York.”

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fewer immigrants apply for municipal ids after ice agents chased man in city hall
April 4, 2019 |Ben Nandy, Specturm News

Ardelio Reyes says he was not surprised to be the only one at city hall on Thursday applying for municipal ID. 

“Reyes says he understands immigrants who fear coming to handle their everyday business because of the fiasco the day before, on Wednesday, where ICE agents attempted to detain a man pursuant — according to ICE — to an administrative warrant, not a criminal warrant signed by a judge.”

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Newburg sets public hearing on municipal ID program
March 27, 2019 |Lana Bellamy, Times Herald record

“Newburgh may soon become the fifth Hudson Valley city to launch a municipal ID program. City officials have spent several months planning the new program that allows residents to buy a photo identification card verifying that they live in the City of Newburgh.”

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Public hearing set for newburgh municipal id program
March 27, 2019 |Lana Bellamy, Times Herald record

“The Newburgh City Council scheduled a public hearing for a municipal identification card program for April 8. The hearing will take place during the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on April 8 at the Activity Center, located at 401 Washington Street.”

Ulster county clerk says she’ll abide by law if undocumented immigrants are allowed driver’s licenses 
March 26, 2019 | Paul Kirby,  Daily Freeman

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack says she’ll abide by a state law, if passed, that allows undocumented immigrants to get New York driver’s licenses. Postupack, who oversees the local office of the state Department of Motor Vehicles, didn’t state a personal position on the proposed Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, saying only that it is her “responsibility to uphold the laws of the state of New York.”

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Kingston mayor, police chief back driver licenses for undocumented immigrants 
March 23, 2019 | Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“KINGSTON, N.Y. — Making state-issued driver’s licenses available to undocumented immigrants is a good idea, two top city officials say. Mayor Steve Noble and Police Chief Egidio Tinti endorsed the proposal, which drew support from  Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa and Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagara last week.”

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Kingston expects to start issuing municipal id cards in june
March 19, 2019 | Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“The city expects to start issuing its newly approved municipal ID cards in June, a bit earlier than expected, according to Mayor Steve Noble. “We have purchased and received the equipment,” Noble said in an email. “… We are now in the process of designing the cards and training the staff on how to use the equipment.'”

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Kingston mayor expects municipal ids in june
March 18, 2019 | Mid-hudson news network

“City of Kingston residents can expect to sign up for municipal identification cards this summer. Mayor Steven Noble said the city is ordering the necessary equipment and setting up the procedures and expects the cards to be ready in June.”

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middletown starts issuing municipal Ids
March 14, 2019 | Mid-hudson news network

“Residents here lined up outside the City Clerk’s Office first thing Wednesday to get the new municipal identification cards being offered by Middletown. Mayor Joseph DeStefano was among the first to be issued an ID card.”

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Green light ny movement converges on Albany
March 13, 2019 | Mid-hudson news network

“They came from Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Newburgh, Warwick and points in between to travel by bus to Albany on Tuesday to join the Green Light NY movement. That effort is attempting to convince the state legislature to approve a measure that would allow for driver’s licenses for undocumented residents.”

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Villiage of Warwick Boards Adjust Meeting Schedules
March 13, 2019 | Katie Bisaro, Warwick Dispatch

“Alfredo Pacheco, representing the advocacy group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, asked the Village Board for an update regarding the proposed Municipal ID program.”

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Middletown issues its first photo id cards
March 13, 2019 | Lana Bellamy, Times Herald record

“Residents lined up well before the city clerk’s office opened Wednesday morning to get some of the first-ever Middletown identification cards. City Clerk John Naumchik estimated 65 people received the new photo IDs on Wednesday.”

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Middletown becomes first area city to issue municipal ids
March 13, 2019 | Mid-Hudson News Network

“Residents in Middletown lined up outside the city clerk’s office at City Hall the first thing Wednesday morning to secure the new municipal identification cards.”

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Call For License Acess for Undocumented
March 6, 2019 | Hudson Valley Press

“Over 200 residents of Orange County packed the Perkins Recreation Center in Middletown on Saturday to urge passage of legislation to expand driver’s license access to undocumented New York residents.”

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Middletown forum shines light on driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants
March 2, 2019 | Lana Bellamy, Times Herald Record

“Both the state Senate and Assembly are considering bills to expand driver’s license privileges to undocumented immigrants living in New York. Both bills were referred to their chambers’ respective transportation committees in January.”

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Community calls for driver’s license access for undocumented New Yorkers
March 2, 2019 | Mid Hudson News

“Over 200 residents of Orange County packed the Perkins Recreation Center in Middletown on Saturday to urge passage of legislation to expand driver’s license access to undocumented New York residents. The forum, organized by Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and the Worker Justice Center of New York, both members of the Green Light NY coalition, was attended by State Senator Jennifer Metzger and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.”

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Green Light NY Photos
March 2, 2019 | Lana Bellamy, Times Herald Record

The audience listens as Sen. Jen Metzger talks about supporting Green Light New York, a campaign for state legislation to expand driver’s license privileges to undocumented immigrants.”

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State lawmakers in Ulster county back drivers licenses for undocumented
March 2, 2019 | Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“State Sen. Jen Metzger, D-Rosendale, and state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, both said they favor state legislation allowing the workers to secure driver licenses.”

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Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson on Radio Kingston
March 1, 2019 | Radio Kingston

Ignacio Acevedo of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson discusses the organization’s work, building community, and the Green Light legislation in the State Assembly and State Senate.  Join them in Middletown on March 2nd and in Albany on March 15th.”

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Green Light legislation wins support of Middletown lawmakers
February 21, 2019 | MidHudson News

“The Middletown Common Council has unanimously supported proposed Green Light legislation that would allow anyone in New York – including undocumented immigrants who pass a driving test – to obtain a driver’s license. Middletown Council President Miguel Rodrigues said the proposal, which the governor has promised to sign if the state legislature approves it, would be beneficial for all.”

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Community pushes for support of legal licenses for undocumented immigrants
February 6, 2019 | Ben Nandy, Spectrum News

“NLMH is now lobbying even harder in support of the Green Light Bill (A10273 and S8680), which would increase privacy measures in the application process, allowing undocumented immigrants to get licenses.”

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Newburgh council to revisit municipal ID proposal
January 18, 2019 | Times Herald Record, Lana Bellemy

“Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a local grassroots immigration advocacy group, has organized public support of ID programs in Kingston, Beacon, Poughkeepsie and Middletown. Ignacio Acevedo, a Newburgh resident and lead organizer for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, implored the Newburgh City Council on Monday to restart discussions about a municipal ID program that began last spring.”

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City of Newburgh expected to approve municipal IDs soon
January 15, 2019 | Mid Hudson News

“The lead organizer of the grassroots group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson Monday night urged the Newburgh City Council to adopt a municipal identification card program similar to those recently approved in the cities of Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Beacon and Middletown. Ignacio Acevedo, a resident of Newburgh, implored council to approve the program.”

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Beacon approves municipal IDs
December 21, 2018 | Highlands Current, Brian PJ Cronin

“The Beacon City Council voted unanimously on Monday (Dec. 17) to begin offering a municipal identification card within six months. With the vote, the city joined three other municipalities in the Hudson Valley (Poughkeepsie, Middletown and Kingston) and about two dozen across the country that offer IDs.”

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Kingston mayor signs municipal ID card legislation
December 19, 2018 | Daily Freeman, William J. Kemble

“‘Our number one goal is to be able to use this for public safety,’  Mayor Noble said. ‘So every time that someone has an interaction with one of our police officers or anyone [who] is a municipal employee, they’ll be able to have some sort of municipal ID. As you get into commercial industries, [such as] the banking industry, it is really incumbent upon that … industry as to whether they would accept our municipal ID.'”

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Beacon City Council approves municipal ID card program
December 18, 2018 | Daily Freeman

“If the legislation approved by the City Council is signed by Mayor Randy Casale, Beacon will join Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Middletown in making city identification cards available to all residents regardless of such factors as immigration status, home ownership, criminal record or gender identity.”

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Beacon City Council approves municipal IDs
December 18, 2018 | Mid-Hudson News

“Other members of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson shared their reasons for why this program would benefit Beacon residents, which included a personal story from Middletown resident Vanessa Cid. She shared her experience of falling sick during school as a child, and how her mother’s failure to provide a valid U.S. ID as an immigrant from Mexico prevented her from gaining access to medications.”

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Beacon aims to help ‘marginalized’ residents with municipal IDs
December 18, 2018 | A.J. Martelli, Poughkeepsie Journal

“The ID will make a big difference in the lives of many Beacon adults and children, including by making sure all parents can go to parent-teacher conferences and get library cards,” said Ignacio Acevedo, lead organizer of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. “It will also make Beacon a stronger, more united community, and benefit all residents.”

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Kingston council close to acting on municipal ID card proposal
November 27, 2018 | Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“The Common Council could agree to a municipal ID card program as early as next week, though it could be months before the program is implemented. Diana Lopez, coordinator for the Ulster County chapter of the group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, said the legislation allows for a period of six months between approval of the legislation and the program taking effect.”

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‘Rise Against Racism’ vigil Dec. 4th at Kingston City Hall
November 23, 2018 | Daily Freeman

“The aim of the gathering is to ‘bring light against the darkness of Islamophobia, racism and anti-Semitism by standing for justice’ with members of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a group that aims to protect immigrants living and working in the region.”

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Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson Contacts 10,000 Voters Ahead of Mid-Term Election
November 6, 2018 | Karina Curry, Boilerplate

“In preparation for the  2018 midterm elections, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has successfully registered over 1,000 new voters and contacted 9,000 more voters to increase voter turnout.” 

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Middletown council approves municipal ID cards
November 6, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“Drafting the program was spearheaded by DeStefano and Alderman Gerry Kleiner. The alderman said he hopes the program will enhance public safety. Several organizations including Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and the regional chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, lobbied for the program. The City of Poughkeepsie adopted a municipal ID program in July and the City of Kingston is expected to adopt the same law in December.”

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Middletown Municipal ID Program Approved
November 6, 2018 | Caitlin Landers, Spectrum News

“For two years the advocacy group ‘Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson,’ with support from Mayor Joseph DeStefano, campaigned for the program. It was a packed common council chamber in Middletown as members voted unanimously to approve it.”

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Middletown approves resident ID-card program
November 5, 2018 | Lana Bellamy, Times Herald-Record

“The Common Council voted unanimously at its meeting Monday to launch a municipal ID program after two years of discussions. About 300 people packed the council chambers at City Hall, spilling into the corridor and the stairwell adjacent to the meeting room. After the vote, the crowd broke into applause and whistles, then moved downstairs to the foyer to celebrate.”

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PHOTOS: Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
November 5, 2018 | Tania Barricklo, Daily Freeman

Photos of: “The new office for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson in Midtown Kingston.” 

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Making the census count
October 31, 2018 | Gregg McQueen, Manhattan Times News

“The data the Census collects is the data that every level of our government will use,” Settle said. “It’s also the data that businesses and universities will analyze, and it’s the most important data that we will have about New York residents for the next 10 years.”

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Middletown Common Council to vote on municipal ID program
October 31, 2018 | Lana Bellamy, Times Herald-Record

“Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a local civil rights advocacy group, is expecting to have more than 200 people at Monday’s meeting to support the program’s passage, according to an email from the group’s president on Thursday.”

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Nobody Leaves Mid Hudson
October 24, 2018 |  Daily Freeman

“Diana Lopez talks about Nobody Leaves Midhudson New Center in Kingston NY.”

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Business alliance of Kingston briefed on municipal ID movement
October 19, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“In addition to allowing for easier interaction with law enforcement, they could also be used by participating financial institutions to open bank accounts, identify individuals picking their children up from school, obtaining library cards and provide an overall sense of being accepted by the community. In terms of the Greenlight Campaign, the statewide effort would lower the point system in place for obtaining a driver’s license not just for undocumented immigrants, but all state residents.”

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Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson working to improve voter turnout in elections
October 18, 2018 | Yase Smallens, Poughkeepsie Journal 

“Elected officials decide where our children learn, what healthcare we get, and how our rights are protected — decisions which directly impact our everyday lives. Legislators listen and attend to the needs of the people who vote; if we are to have a truly just democracy, we must ensure that all identities are represented at the ballot box.”

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Middletown Common Council to vote on municipal IDs next month
October 17, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“As Poughkeepsie did, there will be an implementation date because we are going to pass the legislation and then we will have to translate the documents, we have to have instruction on how to recognize them. We have to have the application on the website and it has to match the legislation. We will hopefully have the application and everything translated.”

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Immigrant Activist to give keynote address at Business Alliance of Kingston fall meeting 
October 13, 2018 | Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“’The Business Alliance of Kingston (BAK) is aware of the important work Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has been doing to help residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley receive more equitable treatment, particularly around the issue of wintertime utility shutoffs,’ said Tapiwa Muronda, the Business Alliance of Kingston president. ‘We welcome them to Midtown and have invited them to share their work with the business community.'”

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Our Everyday Family Seperations
October 12, 2018 | Vanessa Cid, Counter Punch

“At Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, we’re working to get this legislation passed in six more cities across the Hudson Valley to improve thousands of immigrants’ lives. We’re getting close to a vote on municipal IDs in Beacon, Kingston, and Middletown.”

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Immigrants Vote! Campaign: Register NY Voters
October 11, 2018 | Allison Dunne, WAMC Northeast Report

“After individuals vote, wanting to do even deeper follow-up with them around what is civic engagement, the different levels of government, who represents at the different levels, what kind of issues do they work on.”

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Middletown agrees to pass law to provide municipal ID cards to all residents
October 3, 2018 | News 12 Westchester

“For the past year, immigrants in Middletown say they have been fighting for the I.D. card program. They say the program will provide identification to undocumented residents and others without I.D.. Ignacio Avecedo works for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, the grassroots organization that helped members push for the I.D. programs in Poughkeepsie, Middletown and Kingston.”

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Middletown municipal ID program closer to reality
October 3, 2018 | Lana Bellamy, Times Herald-Record

“The purpose of the program is to promote city pride and encourage civic engagement. But the cards will also provide a photo ID for city residents who have unusual difficulty obtaining an ID, such as undocumented immigrants or the homeless.”

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Kingston likely to adopt municipal ID program
October 3, 2018 | Mid-Hudson News  

“The Kingston Common Council passed a memorializing resolution Tuesday evening supporting a municipal ID program for city residents. The resolution solidifies the city’s commitment to helping undocumented residents secure a means of identification that will allow them to deal with authorities more effectively, use public services and feel more dignified as members of the community.”

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Kingston council urged to initiate municipal ID program
September 13, 2018 | William J. Kemble, Daily Freeman  

“Ignacio Acevedo, organizer of immigrant rights group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, told city lawmakers municipal ID cars would provide validation to city residents who often find it difficult to have a sense of belonging to the community. Acevedo said common needs for identification include picking up prescriptions from pharmacies and getting children from schools. He also noted there are costs for other forms of identification.”

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Group backing municipal ID program in Kingston setting up Midtown office
September 8, 2018 | Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman  

“Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson has been spearheading the recent effort to create a Kingston municipal ID program for people, including undocumented immigrants, to get identification cards that they otherwise could not obtain. Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is also involved in other advocacy work, including expanding driver’s license access to undocumented New Yorkers and fighting for better gas and electric utilities access and affordability, Bix has said.”

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U.S. Cities Issue IDs to Protect Undocumented Immigrants
August 20, 2018 | Liz Brazile, Yes! Journalism  

“More than 20 U.S. cities and counties have launched municipal identification programs since 2007 to make civic engagement and day-to-day living more accessible. Several more are in the process of creating legislation that would allow residents of any immigration status to get a local government ID.”

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Beacon to Consider Municipal ID
August 3, 2018 | Brian PJ Cronin, The Highlands Current 

“In a statement released by Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, Beacon Mayor Randy Casale was quoted as expressing support for municipal IDs but in an interview said he wanted to make sure they weren’t already available. ‘You can get a non-driver’s ID at the DMV,’ he said. ‘Are we duplicating something that’s being done already?’ However, unlike non-driver IDs offered by the Department of Motor Vehicles, municipal IDs do not require a Social Security number or birth certificate.”

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Voting Volunteers Changing up the ‘Pitch’ for this Year’s Election
August 6, 2018 | By Spectrum News Staff, Spectrum News 

“A training session Sunday taught registration volunteers in Poughkeepsie to ask ‘When was the last time you voted?’ instead of ‘Are you registered?’ This is part of a non-partisan effort by the community group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. They say their aim isn’t to sway anyone; rather they want to get more people to go through the quick process to become eligible to vote.”

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Kingston Council Majority Leader Open to Municipal IDs
August 1, 2018 | By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman 

“This could be a source of pride for everyone,” Scott-Childress, D-Ward 3, said in a recent interview. ‘[It could] create a better sense of community… The main focus of [those calling for the ID program] may be undocumented residents, but that doesn’t have to be our main focus.”

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Statewide Coalition Calls on Governor to Act on Immigrant Driver Licenses
July 31, 2018 | By Mid Hudson News

“A consortium of organizations across the state is urging Governor Cuomo to sign an executive order adopting implementing Green Light NY, which grants access to driver’s licenses for immigrant New Yorkers.”

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Hudson Valley Cities Moving Toward Municipal ID Program
July 21, 2018 | By Jesse J. Smith, Hudson Valley One

“A coalition of immigration advocacy groups is spearheading a campaign to create a ‘municipal identification’ program in Mid-Hudson cities, including Kingston. The program, they say, could benefit not only immigrants but many segments of society, from the homeless to the elderly to domestic violence victims.”

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Fees Would Offset Kingston Municipal ID Costs, Immigrant Advocacy Group Says
July 21, 2018 | By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“Bix has said the program is intended to help those ‘who struggle everyday with critical tasks those of us with government-issued ID may take for granted, such as picking their children up from school, filling prescriptions, seeing a doctor, opening bank accounts, using the library and interacting with the police.'”

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Orange Confidential: Middletown Mayor Optimistic City Will Adopt ID Program
July 14, 2018 | By Lana Bellamy, Record Online

“The group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is spearheading the recent effort to create a Kingston municipal ID program for people, including undocumented immigrants, to get identification cards that they otherwise could not obtain.”

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Advocacy Group Pushes Municipal ID Program in Kingston
July 14, 2018 | By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“The group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is spearheading the recent effort to create a Kingston municipal ID program for people, including undocumented immigrants, to get identification cards that they otherwise could not obtain.”

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Kingston Mayor Hails Poughkeepsie Approval of Municipal ID Program
July 10, 2018 | By Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“’Congratulations to the city of Poughkeepsie on this significant step forward,’ the Kingston mayor said. ‘With the adoption of municipal IDs, Poughkeepsie has demonstrated a substantial commitment to the safety and well-being of its residents, and I look forward to working with my partners on the [Kingston] Common Council to develop similar legislation in Kingston in the coming months.'”

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City of Poughkeepsie to Issue ID Cards
July 10, 2018 | By John B. Warry, Poughkeepsie Journal

“The new program was unanimously approved Monday night by the Common Council. Officials say it could potentially help vulnerable residents open a bank account, secure a library card and pay for a parking meter and public transportation.”

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Municipal ID Program Approved in Poughkeepsie
July 9, 2018 | By Ben Nandy, Spectrum News

“A party broke out in the Poughkeepsie Common Council chambers on Monday evening when the council approved the long-debated municipal ID program by a count of 8 to 0. Close to 100 members of the community group, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, erupted in cheers once it was official. “

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Hundreds Attend Kingston Rally to Protest Trump Policy of Family Separations at US-Mexico Border
June 30, 2018 | By Patricia R. Doxsey, Daily Freeman

“Kingston’s protest was one of roughly 750 planned to take place across the country Saturday Locally, the protest drew people of all ages and from all walks of life, including more than a dozen members of the area’s faith community and several elected officials.”

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Wide Support Voiced for Proposed Municipal ID in Poughkeepsie 
July 3, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“’The card doesn’t convey special government benefits,’ Bix said. ‘It fills an access gap that is created by the fact that a government-issued ID is required for so much of everyday life and yet it is unnecessarily hard for thousands of our residents to get. And, because there is no incentive for fraud, there hasn’t been notable fraud issues in any of the 29 cities with municipal IDs.'”

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Immigration Advocates Rally in Kingston
July 1, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“We are going to push to make sure that Kingston has its own ID, open to anyone that wants one,” the mayor added. The documents will make it easier for undocumented individuals to obtain drivers licenses, and interact with other institutions including public schools, which now require identification.”

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Governor Signs Legislation to Increase Protections for Immigrant Children in New York
June 28, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“Ignacio Acevedo of Newburgh, an organizer with Nobody Leaves MidHudson, said the measure is a good idea but more is needed… Acevedo, a native of Mexico, said there needs to be community IDs and the Greenlight campaign to make drivers’ licenses available to undocumented drivers, making roads safer for everyone.”

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Council Supports Undocumented Immigrants Receiving Driver’s Licenses
June 13, 2018 | Kathy Welsh, HVNN

“In response to Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson’s organizing, the city of Poughkeepsie has already passed a resolution in support of the bill, and in response to other Green Light Coalition members the city of Hudson and villages of Ossining, Port Chester, Irvington, and Mamaroneck all previously passed resolutions in support of the legislation.”

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Poughkeepsie Common Council Endorses Greenlight Legislation
May 22, 2018 | Kathy Welsh, HVNN

“In response to Green Light’s organizing, the city of Hudson and villages of Ossining, Port Chester, Irvington, and Mamaroneck all previously passed resolutions in support of the legislation, while Mayor Minor of Syracuse has also publicly supported the campaign. Green Light has also made the legislation a core issue in the Democratic primary of the New York Governor’s race, with progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon making driver’s license expansion to undocumented New Yorkers a campaign plank and Governor Andrew Cuomo not having backed the legislation.”

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Council Supports Bill Offering Undocumented Immigrants Licenses
May 22, 2018 | Amy H. Wu, Poughkeepsie Journal

“Common Council Member At-Large Ann Finney, a Democrat and chairwoman of the council, said it comes down to a public safety issue. The bill better ensures drivers are qualified and allows undocumented immigrants to get insurance. ‘There are hundreds and thousands of unidentified and uninsured drives, it’s a worrisome situation,’ said Finney. ‘It’s about safety and car insurance.”

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Municipal ID Program will Bring Benefits to all Poughkeepsie Residents: Column
May 18, 2018 | By Yasemin Smallens, Katherine Hite, Jonathan Bix, Sarah Salem, Valley Views, Poughkeepsie Journal

“These IDs would benefit the entire community, uniting residents from all corners of the city together under a shared source of communal identity. A Poughkeepsie ID would also benefit the local economy, encouraging more people to open bank accounts and creating new opportunities for  businesses  to offer discounts to ID holders.”

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New York Ralliers Push Driver’s License Bill

May 14, 2018 | By Caitlin Landers, Spectrum News 

“People from all around New York State came to the rally — from Queens, where some say it would ease their work commute, to Rochester, where one farm worker and father says he feared deportation when he was pulled over, but was forced to drive illegally because he didn’t have a license.”

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Advocates Lobby Newburgh for Municipal IDs

May 14, 2018 | By Leonard Sparks, Times Herald-Record

“Advocates see locally issued IDs as a benefit to undocumented immigrants without Social Security numbers and to other residents without an official form of identification or proof of residency, including homeless people and recently released inmates.”

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Despite Budget Setback, Immigrants Still Pushing for drivers’ licenses, DREAM Act

April 20, 2018 | By Alexa Appel, Legislative Gazette

“With the budget finalized and little progress made on immigrant rights such as the DREAM Act and driver’s licenses for undocumented New Yorkers, advocates are continuing to fight for progression.”

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Groups Pushing for Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

April 18, 2018 | By Morgan McKay, News 10

“Through the use of an interpreter, people shared their struggles of trying to live without a license. Natasha Cid’s son, for example, fell sick and ran into problems at several different clinics. ‘They always ask us for a drivers license. My question is why a drivers license? I have the money to pay you, I’m showing you my passport. And the people attending told us that’s not good enough,’ Cid, speaking through an interpreter, said.”

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Over 200 Support Middletown Creating a Municipal ID

April 4, 2018 | By Kathy Welsh, Hudson Valley News Network

“‘We’ve spoken to hundreds of Middletown residents who feel a municipal ID would make a tremendous difference in their lives and their children’s lives.’ said Ignacio Acevedo, Lead Organizer at Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. ‘This will make Middletown a stronger, more united community. It will benefit all residents.'”

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Large Turnout in Middletown in Support of Municipal IDs

April 4, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“Some 200 people packed the Middletown Common Council chambers Tuesday evening to support a proposal for the city to create a municipal identification card program.  Many of the supporters were from the regional group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.”

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Middletown Leaders Consider Municipal IDs for Those Who May Need It

April 3, 2018 | By Caitlin Landers, Spectrum News

“City officials say the idea has been on the table for a year, but now they’re moving forward. They have some ideas, like what the ID could look like and what information would be on it.”

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 Strong Support for Middletown ID Program

April 3, 2018 | By Lana Bellamy, Times Herald Record

“Men, women and children of all ages were sitting in chairs and on the floor, standing along the walls and spilling out into the second-floor foyer of city hall as they listened to residents, clergy and Mayor Joe DeStefano explain why having a Middletown ID would be important to them.”

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Municipal IDs advocated by community advocacy group

April 3, 2018 | Mid Hudson News

“The IDs would be particularly useful to undocumented, homeless and transgender residents, Bix said. The timing for this proposal could not be more relevant given that President Trump said on Easter Sunday that protecting dreamers under DACA is off the table.”

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Middletown Considers Offering ID Cards to Residents

April 2, 2018 | By Lana Bellamy, Times Herald Record

“With the creation of a municipal ID, Middletown will make itself a leader in the Hudson Valley in protecting its most vulnerable residents,’ which include those who are homeless, undocumented immigrants and the elderly, said Jonathan Bix, executive director of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.”

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DACA Deadline Brings Protestors to Faso’s Kingston Office

March 6, 2018 | Mid Hudson News Staff

“He and the other 10 dreamers who attended the protest are calling for a “clean” dream act with no funding for the wall on the Mexican border or for immigration enforcement.”

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Demonstrators Call on Faso to Protect Dreamers

March 5, 2018 | Staff, Hudson Valley One

“This afternoon, local organization Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and allies held a protest at Congressman John Faso’s office in Kingston. The protest called on John Faso and Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act – permanent legislative protections for DACA recipients that do not include any funding for a border wall or immigration enforcement.”

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DACA, Oscar, negocios, comunidad y Radio fueron los temas de hoy en La Voz

March 5, 2018 | Radio Kingston

“Fue un día de sentimientos encontrados en La Voz en Radio Kingston hoy. Por un lado, tuvimos una noche inolvidable en los Oscars … Mejor director, mejor película, mejor película de animación, mejor canción original, se entiende, varios premios Oscar para los latinos. Por otro lado, el día para renovar DACA llegó a su fin. Entonces, sí, hablamos sobre los Oscar. Luego, sobre negocios con Sandra Salguero (Latinos in Business Success), radio con Juve Santiago (Juan 95.7 FM), comunidad con Marco Ochoa (MA Ochoa Home Improvements) y DACA con Alan Perez y Margarita Hernandez (Nadie se va del Mid-Hudson).”

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Three Nightmares for Elvis Ramos

February 17, 2018 | By Alexander Reed Kelly, Hudson Valley News

“Elvis Ramos doesn’t sleep well. Some nights he dreams that he is permanently separated from his children, who are seven, eight and 10-years-old. In other dreams he cannot find the employment he needs to support them, or they become casualties of Mexico’s drug war.”

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One Year Later: Hudson Valley Responds to Trump

February 1, 2018 | By Hillary Harvey, Chronogram

“With ongoing spotlights on police brutality and racist, anti-immigration rhetoric, racial justice is a defining conversation of Trump’s first year… Ignacio Acevedo, lead organizer for the Poughkeepsie-based racial justice group, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, recently told the Poughkeepsie Journal that the Hudson Valley is experiencing a surge in activism among people of color since Trump’s election.”

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Some local DACA advocates slam Democrats’ agreement to end government shutdown

January 22, 2018 | By Leonard Sparks, Times Herald-Record

“‘A lot of people are not happy today,’ said Ignacio Acevedo of Newburgh, the lead organizer for a grassroots organization called Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. ‘Why is it such a difficult thing to do right now – for our representatives to work together and find solutions?'”

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Activism grows in Hudson Valley amid divisive times

January 14, 2018 | By Geoffrey Wilson, Poughkeepsie Journal

“Acevedo, the lead organizer with Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a Poughkeepsie organization that advocates for working-class people of color, said the Hudson Valley is experiencing a surge in activism… ‘After living here for 27 years, I don’t think I’ve ever seen people of my community speaking up like this before,’ he said.”

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Organizing One by One for DREAMers—Alfredo Pacheco

December 21, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe, The Progressive

” Organizers around the country are demanding action, including Alfredo Pacheco of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, who took a group to Washington, D.C. to join a massive protest December 6th. But fighting for the DREAM Act is only part of the work that Pacheco does, and he explains how it all connects, as well as what he’s looking forward to fighting for in 2018.”

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Pro-DACA Group Heads to DC For Nationwide Protest

December 6, 2017 | By Caitlin Landers, Spectrum News

“DACA lets undocumented immigrants who came to America as kids stay in the country. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says there are about 690,000 active DACA recipients in the country. Lopez, along with 50 others, were up before the sun to get on a bus to Washington, D.C., and advocate for keeping the program in place, since it’s being phased out.”

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The Attack on DACA is About Racism. Period.

September 6, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe, In These Times

“They keep saying, ‘America First!’ They keep saying that, but it’s just racism towards us. We are the minority now and we’re going to become the majority eventually. They’re afraid of that. My parents are not criminals. They’re not.”

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“Treat Us Like Humans”: Emergency Protests Erupt Against DACA Repeal

September 6, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe, Truthout

“We’re humans. Treat us like humans. Treat us like citizens of, not the country, citizens of the world. That’s what I want. We are humans. I am tired of people saying “What are you?” I’m human. Treat me like a human.”

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Dreams Die Hard: Where Do They Go After DACA?

September 6, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe, Moyers & Company

“We’re humans. Treat us like humans. Treat us like citizens of, not the country, citizens of the world. That’s what I want. We are humans. I am tired of people saying “What are you?” I’m human. Treat me like a human.”

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Defending Migrants Through Hell and High Water

September 8, 2017 | By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen, Dissent Magazine


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Vassar Community Must Continue to Fight DACA Decision

September 13, 2017 | By the Editors, Vassar College Miscellany News

“We hope that the College will take further action in the coming months to protect students affected by DACA and communicate said plans to the Vassar community. Furthermore, we urge President Bradley to extend her concern to all students who come from families of immigrants, as all of these people are affected by this presidential administration’s bigoted immigration policies.”

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Poughkeepsie City Council Votes in Favor of Safe City Resolution

June 20, 2017 | Spectrum News Staff

“The resolution — similar to sanctuary city legislation presented in cities around the state — protects undocumented immigrants from being reported to federal immigration officials by local authorities.”

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Poughkeepsie Rally: Hundreds Protest Trump Immigration Ban

February 4, 2017 | Poughkeepsie Journal

“Hundreds of demonstrators stage an immigration ban protest outside the Dutchess County Courthouse on Market Street in Poughkeepsie of Feb. 4, 2017.”

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Community Members Gather To Form Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone

January 16, 2017 | Allison Dunne, WAMC Northeast Public Radio

“The January 14 gathering in Beacon brought together an audience some 200 strong, from all over the Hudson Valley. The Hate Free Zone is a network of people and institutions who have committed to standing up against hate, and to protect communities coming under attack.”

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Hate Free Zone Holds First Meeting

January 24, 2017 | The Highlands Current

“More than 200 people gathered at St. Luke’s Church in Beacon to support the group, which organizers say was modeled after one formed in Queens ‘in response to an increasingly hostile climate for immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people, women and workers.'”

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‘Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone’ Brings Communities Together Under Common Goal

January 14, 2017 | Jackson Wang, Spectrum News Hudson Valley

“‘So many of us are dealing with all sorts of discriminations and all of our communities are unrepresented,” said Dominique Suddith, of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. “We need people to come together and make a change.'”

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Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone Convenes in Beacon

January 14, 2017 | Jack Howland, Poughkeepsie Journal

“Dominique Suddith, a member of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, spoke about where the group goes from here, according to the release. ‘What’s next is to take into consideration what happened today, look at our pledges, and turn it into action,’ Suddith said, according to the release. ‘This is just the beginning.'”

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Hudson Valley ‘Hate-Free Zone’ Movement Forms in Beacon

January 18, 2017 | Carol Reif and Sam Barron, Northwest Dutchess Daily Voice

“The Common County in Ulster County’s Kingston, for instance, recently adopted a resolution declaring that the city was welcoming and inclusive toward undocumented immigrants and wouldn’t be asking crime victims, witnesses, or other people who come in contact with police for low-level matters such as traffic infractions about their immigration status.”

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Hudson Valley Residents Stand Up Against Hate

January 16, 2017 | Bobby Welber, Hudson Valley Post

“The Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone team wants people and organizations to stand together to help protect communities that could be targets of hate.”

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Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone

January 16, 2017 | Hudson Valley News Network

“The Hate Free Zone is a network of people and institutions who have committed to standing up against hate and pledging protection of communities coming under attack.”

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Local Organizations Plan “Hate Free Zone” to Protect Vulnerable Communities

January 12, 2017 | Staff, Hudson Valley One

“In the afternoon of Saturday, January 14, local activist organizations Community Voices Heard and Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson will hold an assembly at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to form the ‘Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone,’ described as ‘a network of people and institutions who have committed to standing up against hate, and for the protection of communities coming under attack.'”


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Mid-Hudson Declared Hate Free Zone

January 15, 2017 | Mid Hudson News

“Due to President-elect Trump’s comments regarding deportation of undocumented persons, a main facet of the Hate Free Zone is to eliminate the fears of deportation for the undocumented and to remove the stigma against them.”