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Constantinides Increases Funding for Immigration Services in Western Queens

Council Member Costa Constantinides recently visited the Ansob Center for Refugees. For over 20 years, it has provided English language classes, job training, and citizenship tutoring at its Steinway Street office.

Aug. 2, 2019 By Allie Griffin.

Council Member Costa Constantinides has secured $90,000 for expanded immigration services for western Queens in the new City budget. The money will fund additional programs in citizen training, English language tutoring and career service offered by Astoria-based organizations.

The increase in funding comes as President Donald Trump’s administration threatens to order more raids by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the five boroughs. 

“New York City remains committed to taking in the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses — in spite of the Trump administration’s xenophobic immigration platform,” Constantinides said.

More than 1 million immigrants live in Queens and nearly half is either undocumented or holds a green card-level status, according to the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The borough also has the highest number of undocumented immigrants in the city at 184,000. 

The new funding was split between two Astoria organizations. The Ansob Center for Refugees received $85,000, a 17 percent increase from the last fiscal year and the Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans, or CIANA, was given $5,000 to provide more immigration services — particularly to people from South Asia, Latin America, North Africa, and the Middle East. 

“At this difficult time for immigrants, support for civics and ESL programs like ours is vital,” said Emira Habiby Browne, CEO and Founder of CIANA. “We are very appreciative of the support of Council Member Constantinides for our immigrant families, who are all striving to belong and contribute to American society and need help in the safe and familial environment that we provide.”

“As a first-generation American who came of age basking in the diversity of Astoria, I am committed to making sure our immigrant neighbors get the help they need to fulfill the American dream,” Constantinides said. “This year’s budget sees that promise through to provide more funding to our existing organizations and creates new partnerships.”

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Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals:
-Open Borders.
-Sanctuary Cities.
-Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.
-De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE
–Same sex marriages.
-Disarming Americans.
-End all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)
-Voting rights for illegal aliens.
-Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)
-Increase refugee’s from the third world.
-Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.
-Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded)
-The green new deal.
-End of Electoral College
-Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)
-Raise Minimum Wage (expect massive reduction in full time jobs & loss of health benefits)
-Adolescents vote.
-!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)
-Reparations for every rac “harmed” by the white man.
-Convicts, Terrorists voting.
-Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.
-Late term abortions up to 9 months.
-Tax increases.
-Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

*Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s themselves. View their speeches / debates on you tube. Pay particular attention to when the moderator asks the candidates to “raise your hand” if in favor questions.

The choice is yours.

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Just check out the Republican strongholds of Louisiana Tennessee Alabama Arkansas Texas Oklahoma and South Carolina. These are the bottom of all 50 states in healthcare coverage, individual health, salaries, incarceration and education. Republicans controlled the house senate and White House and still did nothing about illegal immigrants however they passed that trillion dollar transfer of wealth to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

Why has Trump completely failed to deliver one of his central campaign promises

What happened to Mexico making a “one time payment” for the Great Wall? Why is Trump so soft on crime?

Pat McNamara

What will $90K offer? Another photo op for clueless Costa and his trusty podium


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