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NYC forms task force on aiding child migrants

NEW YORK (AP) New York City has formed a task force in response to the growing number of Central American child migrants who've arrived in the city in recent months.

The city's commissioner for immigrant affairs told The New York Times her office was leading a newly formed interagency working group on how best to assist the young migrants.  Go to full article
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul is Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives

Lt. Gov. candidate Hochul explains past anti-immigration views

Governor Cuomo's running mate, Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul is explaining why she now feels differently about undocumented immigrants. Hochul , the former Erie County Clerk once wanted to turn suspected immigrants in the country illegally over to federal authorities.  Go to full article
Vermont state flag. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/2742173322/">J Stephen Conn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont asked if it could house young immigrants

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Obama administration has asked Vermont whether it can house immigrant children who have crossed into the United States over the Mexican border.

Gov. Peter Shumlin's office says that it's willing to investigate locations and logistical requirements and work with them "to determine if Vermont would be an appropriate host state."  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmc/13131820805/">Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ft. Drum unlikely to house undocumented children

Senator Charles Schumer says the chances are slim that undocumented children caught trying to cross the US-Mexican border illegally will be housed at Fort Drum.
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Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heroin, medical marijuana, Common core dealt with, but other items tabled at end of NYS legislative session

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed on three major items at the close of the legislative session. But they also left a lot of unfinished business behind.  Go to full article
Igor Cordeiro, Brazil, and Dan Kent take a break outside the cucumbers high tunnel. Photo: David Sommerstein.

A mini United Nations on a St. Lawrence County farm

The last time we checked in with organic vegetable farmer, Dan Kent, it was April, and there was still three feet of snow on the ground. Dan predicted he'd have to plant two...  Go to full article
A 2012 rally in support of the New York Dream Act Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/longislandwins/6983673739/">Long Island Wins</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Assembly passes Dream Act--again

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Assembly has once more passed the Dream Act, but the measure's fate remains uncertain in the Senate.

The bill would extend state...  Go to full article

Ontario event to honor migrant workers

An event is being planned to help and honor thousands of migrant workers who travel to Niagara each year for work. The workers from Mexico, Jamaica, Central America and the...  Go to full article
Dairy cows in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty

A farmworker speaks out on dairy farm dangers

A Syracuse-area farm worker is touring regional churches and community centers to bring attention to workplace dangers on dairy farms.

José Cañas is originally...  Go to full article
Human Trafficking in Our Backyard. Poster: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/74442773@N03/7418920888/<br />">John Eng Cheng, Inheritance Magazine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Four kinds of human trafficking in the North Country

More than 40 agencies across the North Country are coming together to fight some of the darkest underground crimes. The North Country Human Trafficking task force says...  Go to full article

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