Long Island Wins is a communications and organizing campaign focusing on immigration issues and working towards immigration solutions. Representing all Long Islanders of goodwill, we are concerned about the growing climate of fear among the immigrant community, and we aim to shift the debate about immigrants and immigration policy on Long Island in a more positive direction, towards sensible solutions that work for and will benefit everyone.
Our goal is to highlight the contributions of immigrants in our community, enhance public perception of immigrants, and build support for immigration initiatives that maximize immigrants’ contributions for the benefit of all Long Islanders. This includes support for comprehensive immigration reform – a bill that would make long overdue changes to an outdated immigration system.
We believe that immigrants are doing their best under a broken system. In these tough times, our communities need workable solutions that enable immigrants to contribute their fair share and become full participants in the community. And we need to uphold the law to protect all workers from exploitation and protect immigrants from violence.
We know that immigrants come to Long Island from all over the world – Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America -- to work hard and take care of their families. Immigrants are also contributing to Long Island’s cultural diversity, including food, music, and the arts. Long Island has always been made stronger and richer by its immigrants. Immigrants are also renewing important parts of Long Island’s culture – including its commitment to faith and family.
We know that immigration can work -- if we have the right policies. At times like these, the last thing we need are expensive policies that don’t work – like so many politicians’ plans that attack immigrants instead of working towards more effective laws that provide real solutions.
In concert with other groups with similar missions, we provide research and commentary, shape public engagement, and organize Long Islanders working towards a common goal. This website -- especially our blog -- is host to many of Long Island Wins’ activities. Here we provide local and national immigration news, and online organizing tools to help Long Islanders create change that will respect the rights of all.
As an intern or volunteer with Long Island Wins, you can help support reasonable immigration policy and gain valuable organizing experience, both in the field and online.