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Kensington’s Bangladeshi community scared of deportation by Trump: Leaders

Trumped: Kensington community leader Mamnunul Haq addresses a crowd of Bangladeshis to discuss Trump’s coming presidency.
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Members of Kensington’s Bangladeshi Muslim community are afraid the government will deport them or their loved ones following the election of Donald Trump, local leaders said during a community gathering on Friday.

“People are talking about fear,” said Mamnunul Haq, a longtime Kensington resident and a member of Community Board 12. “They’re talking about deportations, Muslim-banning. People with green cards are thinking, ‘If I go to my country, maybe I won’t be able to come back.’ ”

Residents huddled with local pols and activists at Avenue C Plaza, where leaders promised hope and help after Tuesday’s election.

Councilman Brad Lander (D–Kensington) assured the congregation that New York is a “sanctuary” for immigrants, who benefit from the city’s identification card and a Police Department that doesn’t turn over undocumented immigrants for deportation as a matter of policy.

But it was little comfort to members of the neighborhood’s sizable population of undocumented Bangladeshi residents, who are frightened given the president-elect’s previous vows to ban all Muslim immigration and deport people who have come to the U.S. illegally, Haq said.

“People are scared, especially people who don’t have documentat­ion,” he said.

Other speakers offered immigrants comfort by letting them know they do have rights, and there are legal services available to help fight anyone facing deportation.

“A lot of people assume that they don’t have rights and when equipped with that knowledge, they’re quick to wield it,” said Tarek Ismail, a professor at the City University of New York School of Law. “Those in power abuse the fact that people don’t know what rights they have.”

Both Mayor DeBlasio and Gov. Cuomo doubled down on New York’s commitment to providing a safe haven for immigrants after Trump’s win, with DeBlasio promising on Thursday to fight any attempt the president makes to get a hold of the names of undocumented residents in the city’s IDNYC database.

The future Commander in Chief has threatened to withhold unspecified “funding” to cities that don’t cooperate with his deportation plans — although exactly what those will be are a little fuzzy right now.

The president-elect previously pledged to boot all 11-million undocumented immigrants from the country, but said in a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday that he will start with those who have criminal records, and then make a “determinat­ion” on the rest — “terrific people,” he said — once “the border is secured.”

Trump pal and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that the real-estate mogul no longer plans to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. — only Syrian refugees, and to do “extreme vetting” on those from certain other countries — although Trump still has a statement on his website calling for just that.

Trump also said during his campaign that all American Muslims should have to register in a national database and he wants to increase surveillance of mosques.

Lander’s office is currently working with Ismail and the attorneys of Brooklyn Defender Services to organize legal workshops in Kensington in the future.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 3:59 am, November 14, 2016
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Reasonable discourse

Michael says:
As much as I can sympathize with feeling uncertain about your future, they did put themselves in this situation by not have the required paperwork to legally reside in the US. We have regulations surrounding immigration to ensure order, control, and even to ensure the rights of the immigrants. If they are nervous, they can pursue the legal channels for immigration. If they don't know their rights, they are no different than any other American. If you don't know your rights, then you can be taken advantage of. Learn them. You can't just expect other people to take care of you after childhood. Yes it's not easy, but it's the same for anyone who wants to move to any foreign country. Especially if that country is wealthier or more deisrable than where you came from. An American would be kicked out of Bangladesh if they did not have the required paperwork. An American without their passport paperwork in order can be denied entry to the United States. Either follow the rules, or deal with the consequences. If the rules need to be changed, that's something else. I cannot see how anyone can condone not following the rules and laws we have in place. How can that be a good thing? Where is th logical end of that, any law you don't like or approve of doesn't have to be followed?
Nov. 14, 2016, 5:28 am
Boris from Borough Park says:
Michael, your post is very rational. Therefore it will be subject to intense attack.

Pakistan and Bangladesh both deport large numbers of illegal aliens in their countries. Especially those from Afghanistan.
Nov. 14, 2016, 8:51 am
Tyler from pps says:
Did you guys read the 2nd paragraph and 2nd to last paragraph... before droning on about illegal aliens and law-and-order.

“People are talking about fear,” said Mamnunul Haq, a longtime Kensington resident and a member of Community Board 12. “They’re talking about deportations, Muslim-banning. People with green cards are thinking, ‘If I go to my country, maybe I won’t be able to come back.’ ”

Trump also said during his campaign that all American Muslims should have to register in a national database and he wants to increase surveillance of mosques.
Nov. 14, 2016, 11:20 am
Kevin from Brooklyn Heights says:
Poor Afghanistan, before the Soviets, was once more loving than its warlike Pakistani neighbors.
Nov. 14, 2016, 11:24 am
Scotty from Bay Ridge says:
Tyler, New Yorkers voted Blue. We get it. And the people who voted red, try to understand them, because it's never black and white.
Nov. 14, 2016, 3:27 pm
AMH from Harlem says:
I'm proud of my city for standing up to fear and hate and welcoming people of all backgrounds. It's what makes this the greatest, richest city in the U.S.
Nov. 14, 2016, 4:07 pm
Hoping Dec 19th says:
Watch Obama's post-election news conference.
Nov. 14, 2016, 4:12 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
if you are legal - no problem
if you are not here legally - tough ——sky
Nov. 14, 2016, 4:29 pm
F. Truffaut says:
Keep in mind people who tipped the election live in areas with limited access to legitimate news, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Whereas Florida has its own special flavor of madness.

Presently developing countries have tremendous influence over the environment's health. What will the side effects of this change be, with regards to global pollution and overpopulation?
Nov. 14, 2016, 5:06 pm
Crane from Greenpoint says:
Roe v Wade's overturning will probably result in a locally grown poverty stricken populous resembling those of developing nations.
Nov. 14, 2016, 6:37 pm
Marvin from Park Slope says:
CNN reporting that the sun is expected to rise tomorrow, and all of the days that follow it.

Get a grip people. The worlds not going to end anytime soon, even though Trump got elected.
Nov. 14, 2016, 9:27 pm
Randy from Windsor Terrace says:
The House, the Senate, the Supreme Court. This is not just four years of Jerry Springer.
Nov. 14, 2016, 10:28 pm
Randy from Windsor Terrace says:
Jerry Springer would have been more qualified.
Nov. 14, 2016, 10:33 pm
Gillian from Greenpoint says:
Styrofoam is lightweight, cheap and glistens poisonous pearlescent.
Nov. 15, 2016, 9:11 am
Tyler from pps says:
Scotty -- What did I say that suggested things were black and white? That's the thing. The campaign rhetoric (now concretely reflected in the administration staff being hired) was not a simple get rid of the criminals and everyone else is happy. No, it was more sinister and, dare I say, unconstitutional. These are our neighbors, friends, family being threatened with "registries" and "watch lists" and being "unAmerican."

Don't give me your dismissive, "Yeah, we get it. NY is a blue state... blah blah blah. Try to understand us." No. This is very very real for real, honest people. You're the one that needs to try to understand.
Nov. 15, 2016, 10:36 am
Halal Peshwari from Coney Island Ave says:
My wife just moved here from Bangladesh - who's going to explain to her that she might deported simply for having no legal right to reside in the US?! She's only 13 years old, and can't handle that kind of stress. And this is only the start, what about my 3 other wives who have not yet been smuggled here? Will they also risk deportation? They were planning to open an islamic fundamentalist preschool here. Is that dream to be crushed as well?!
Nov. 15, 2016, 4:38 pm
Scotty says:
Tyler,

not 'us', try to understand 'them'. without understanding, no solution can be reached
Nov. 15, 2016, 11:56 pm
Jonathan from Greenpoint says:
Take greater care bringing children into the world.
Nov. 16, 2016, 2:25 pm
Tom from Brooklyn says:
Halal Peshwari from Coney Island Ave says:

Look at me, I'm so clever.
Nov. 17, 2016, 3:23 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Halal Peshwari from Coney Island Ave

My wife just moved here from Bangladesh - who's going to explain to her that she might deported simply for having no legal right to reside in the US?! She's only 13 years old,

wow so you are into older women
Nov. 17, 2016, 5:09 pm

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