Immigrants on LI worried by reports of violence, intolerance

Immigrants on Long Island say they're worried by reports of violence, hatred and intolerance following several incidents across the U.S.

An immigration forum was held Monday Nassau Community College in response to the immigration order.

An immigration forum was held Monday Nassau Community College in response to the immigration order. (3/6/17)

GARDEN CITY - Immigrants on Long Island say they're worried by reports of violence, hatred and intolerance following several incidents across the U.S.

Last Friday, a 39-year-old man of the Sikh faith was shot in his driveway after the perpetrator allegedly made comments to the effect of “Get out of our country,” according to police.

On Feb. 22, two Indian men were shot in a Kansas bar after the shooter reportedly thought they were Iranian and demanded to know their immigration status.

Both shootings are being investigated as hate crimes. 

President Donald Trump addressed the Kansas shooting in his speech last week to Congress, saying, "While we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms." 

Raj Singh, a member of the Sikh Prayer Center in Hicksville, says he's not afraid, but he feels it's time to be more vigilant and careful.

At an immigration forum at Nassau Community College, members of the Latino community expressed similar concerns. Many expressed worry over President Trump's travel ban and deportation policies.

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