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Long Island immigration assistance groups ready to help bused migrants who arrive in Nassau and Suffolk counties

The migrants arriving at the Port Authority terminal are “shellshocked. They find there is no one here waiting for them.” said Elise de Castillo, executive director of the Hempstead-based Central American Refugee Center. CARECEN is ready to help any of the newcomers with legal services, English classes and job readiness programs, she said.

Listening to the Teachers: Six Ways to Tackle Disrupted Learning in English Language Learners

The Central American Refugee Center in New York brings first-hand experience working with students who are new to the US.

Inmigrantes de Long Island luchan solos contra la deportación

CARECEN y Safe Passage Project son solo algunas de las numerosas organizaciones que intentan abordar la necesidad de asesoría legal para quienes enfrentan la deportación

‘Dreamers’ urge compassion for families, children at US border

Amid an increase in migration at the US-Mexico border, DACA recipients relive their own journeys to the US decades ago.

Undocumented workers eligible for thousands from state

CARECEN's Executive Director, Elise De Castillo comments on New York state's $2.1 billion "Excluded Workers Fund," and how it benefits workers that without legal status.

Border Problem Resonates on Long Island

What is happening on the southern border amid rising numbers of desperate would-be immigrants matters deeply to Long Island, some 2,000 miles north.

Coaliciones reconocen ligero aumento del flujo hacia Nueva York de menores inmigrantes no acompañados

Extraoficialmente, 10,500 niños procesados en esta emergencia fronteriza están en refugios y hogares de los estados

Fox 5: New Pathway to Citizenship for DACA Recipients

After four years of hardline immigration policies, thousands of New Yorkers are hopeful the new Biden administration will bring relief to their communities with a possible pathway to citizenship.

Newsday: Long Islander's Express Hope for Biden's Immigration Plan

Newsday features CARECEN's Executive Director, Elise de Castillo, and former teacher Angela Ochoa, and their reactions to Biden's announcement of the U.S Citizenship Act.

CARECEN - Hofstra University Partnership for English Classes

In a new joint project, English classes and citizenship instruction will continue at CARECEN through Hofstra faculty and students as instructors and tutors in classes provided at CARECEN's Hempstead office. This generous funding and staffing support will create opportunities for the Long Island immigrant community to continue working towards their goals through free English classes.

NY Times: Police on Long Island Are Working Illegally With ICE, Suit Says

On Monday, lawyers from the Central American Refugee Center, a Long Island immigrant legal services organization commonly known as Carecen, and the Hofstra Law Clinic filed suit against Nassau County in state Supreme Court, saying that the county police department was cooperating with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in ways that break state law.

Newsday: Lawsuit Challenges Nassau Over Police Handling of ICE Cases

Immigration-rights advocates filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the Nassau County Police Department’s policy of detaining immigrants sought by federal authorities for deportation

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