Wednesday at the Upstate Latino Summit in Utica, immigration experts answered the question, "Are We Still a Land of Immigrants?" Their answer was a resounding yes.
They say America is still a beacon of hope to many people looking for better opportunities, despite the current political climate. But at the same time, they say our immigration system is broken and President Donald Trump's talk of building a border wall and mass deportation are spreading fear throughout communities.
"In the context that we're living in, immigrants are under attack," said Carly Fox with the Worker Justice Center of New York. "We really want to plead to folks to please consider what a contribution people make to our economy, to our communities, to the richness of rural America, and consider a more heartfelt approach."
While advocates recognize that immigration reform won't solve every issue, they're urging Congress to find middle ground and solve this ongoing issue.