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Hofstra hits back against crackdown

The first Dreamer caught up in the Trump immigration crackdown is at no loss for legal representation.

Immigration advocates, national civil rights groups and Harvard professor Laurence Tribe have rushed to his defense, filing a writ of habeas corpus in Seattle to free Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, from the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

His attorneys say he was brought from Mexico by his parents at age 7 and has legal permission to live here until 2018 under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

But where will the legal representation come from if ICE widens its nets and there is a second arrest, a 150th arrest or 1,000 arrests? Hofstra University Law School says it will be on the case in this region.

The university announced Wednesday that its no-cost Deportation Defense Clinic will start accepting clients this spring, focusing on DACA cases as well as on immigrants facing removal orders. Right now, the clinic is hiring staff attorneys to work with its law students. Got a case? Here’s how to get help: Call 516-463-5934 or email

Rita Ciolli

Talking Point

A tale of a hypocritical mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is fond of spinning his tale of two cities. Now we seem to have a tale of two mayors, at least when it comes to taking on Albany.

De Blasio says he does not support a congestion pricing plan that would toll East River bridges and charge motorists for driving into a large swath of busy Manhattan, saying opposition in the state capital will doom the plan.

But the Democratic mayor also says he’s going to fight for his proposed mansion tax on homes worth $2 million or more, which also faces stiff opposition in Albany. He declared in his State of the City address Monday night that, “If we speak loudly, Albany will listen.”

So what’s the difference?

Perhaps that it’s Assembly Democrats who dislike the former proposal, and Senate Republicans who oppose the latter, and this is an election year for de Blasio.

Michael Dobie

Pencil Point

Putting out fires

Pointing Out

Empty chair

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Hauppauge Wednesday morning to tout his controversial plan to reduce property taxes by requiring local governments to devise ways to share services and consolidate.

“This is not about County Executive Steve Bellone,” Cuomo said, referring to Suffolk’s leader who was in the first row and who had received lavish praise from Cuomo earlier. Then Cuomo said it also wasn’t about Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, adding, “not that the empty chair visual is all that good.”

He was referring to the slide in his presentation showing a table with empty chairs around it. It was an inadvertent reminder that Mangano was not there and has been absent at Cuomo appearances since his indictment on corruption charges in October.

Michael Dobie