A day before President Donald Trump is set to address gang violence at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, local leaders and advocates had a simple message for him at a rally outside the school on Thursday: “He is not welcome here.”
Representatives from several groups gathered outside the school on Crooked Hill Road and charged that Trump’s presence will only add fuel to what they say is a “hateful, anti-immigrant agenda.”
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“We say loud and clear, that after months of vilifying our communities, he is not welcome here,” said Walter Barrientos of Make The Road New York, an immigrants advocacy group.
President Trump is expected to speak at the Van Nostrand Theatre on the SCCC campus on Friday, White House officials have said.
The campus is near the Central Islip and Brentwood neighborhoods that have been the sites of brutal killings attributed by law enforcement to MS-13.
Trump, who is expected to address law enforcement about the MS-13 gang, touted…
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