November 17, 2016: One Nation, Under Trump: The Future of Immigration. Hate Crimes Sweep America. Guardians of Rescue. Treasures of New York: Settlement Houses.

Tonight, Mayor de Blasio and President-Elect Donald Trump met for more than an hour yesterday where they discussed, among many things, Trump’s campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, and build a wall along the Mexican border. But what are the realities of his policies, and are the fears of undocumented immigrants legitimate? Michael Wildes, the immigration lawyer who defended the citizenship status of Melania Trump, joins us with his take on the future of immigration under Donald Trump.

Next, we’ve witnessed a significant increase in hate crimes across the country following last week’s election, including here in New York, where Governor Cuomo launched an investigation after swastika graffiti was discovered at student accommodation buildings at SUNY Geneseo. President-Elect Donald Trump has recently confronted the issue on 60 Minutes, but that has done little to assuage the fears of many who have been targeted. We discuss it all with Huffington Post journalist and Muslim-American Rowaida Abdelaziz and New York City Council-member Ritchie Torres.

Then, when natural disaster strikes, one New York-based organization is there to wade through flood waters and dig through debris to save animals. They’re the Guardians of Rescue, but they do much more than just enter disaster zones. Founder Robert Misseri joins us with a look at their mission protecting the well-being of animals in our community that are homeless, helpless and in need of a hug.

Finally, scattered across the five boroughs of New York City are vibrant organizations serving children and adults of all ages and from every walk of life. These are the settlement houses: centers that provide help and new opportunity to our urban population. The new documentary Treasures of New York: Settlement Houses, which airs tonight at 8pm on WLIW, explores how the 130-year old settlement house movement remains integral to New York City.

 

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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS' WITH THE THREAT TO DEPORT MILLIONS OF UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENT, THE CITY AND STATE SAY NOT ON OUR WATCH.

WILL NEW YORK TRUMP THE PRESIDENT-ELECT?

> INCREASED HATE IN THE TRI-STATE AND BEYOND.

WITH REPORTS OF SWASTIKAS, RACIAL SLURS AND VIOLENCE FOLLOWING THE ELECTION, ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN SHARES HIS PLAN TO CURB THE SURGE OF HATE.

> THEY'RE MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILIES AND SOMETIMES THEY LOSE THEIR HOMES.

BUT WHO HELPS THE HOMELESS PETS?

IN A MOMENT, YOU'LL MEET THE GUARDIANS OF RESCUE.

ALL THAT AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

Announcer: THIS IS 'METROFOCUS' WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

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> I TALKED TO HIM ABOUT CONCERNS ABOUT PROPOSED DEPORTATIONS.

THAT PROPOSAL COUNTERED AND FLEW IN THE FACE IN ALL THAT WAS GREAT ABOUT NEW YORK CITY, THE ULTIMATE CITY OF IMMIGRANTS, A PLACE THAT SUCCEEDED BECAUSE IT WAS OPEN FOR EVERYONE, A PLACE BUILT GENERATION AFTER GENERATION OF IMMIGRANTS.

AND I REITERATED TO HIM THAT THIS CITY AND SO MANY CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL DO ALL WE CAN TO PROTECT OUR RESIDENTS AND TO MAKE SURE THE FAMILIES ARE NOT TORN APART.

THAT WAS MAYOR BILL de BLASIO ADDRESSING NEW YORK'S CONCERNS OVER PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION POLICY.

TRUMP WHO INITIALLY PROMISED TO FORCE OUT ALL 11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS SAYS HE WOULD DEPORT ONLY THE 2 MILLION TO 3 MILLION WHO HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES.

THE MAYOR AND PRESIDENT-ELECT MET FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR YESTERDAY, THE MAYOR SUGGESTING HE WOULD BE BE WILLING TO TAKE MEASURES TO COUNTER PROSPECTIVE DEPORTATION.

BUT WHAT ARE THE REALITY OF PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION POLICY AND HOW MUCH SHOULD IMMIGRANTS BE WORRIED?

JOINING US IS IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY MICHAEL WILDS WHO DEFENDED MELANIA TRUMP WHEN QUESTION HES ARRIVED ABOUT IMMIGRATION LAW 20 YEARS AGO.

WELCOME, MR. WILD.

PLEASURE.

HOW ARE YOU?

GIVE US AN IDEA OF WHAT YOUR CONNECTION IS TO THE TRUMPS.

YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM FOR YEARS AS WELL.

YEAH.

WE'VE HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO HAVE EARNED THEIR TRUST.

MANY MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY, THE EXTENDED FAMILY, REPRESENT TRUMP MODELS, THE MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION WHEN MR. TRUMP OWNED IT, DOING MANY VISAS, H1B-3, FASHION VISAS, SOME FOR OUTSTANDING CONTESTANTS AND GREEN CARDS AND SO FORTH.

THE PRIVILEGE OF GETTING TO KNOW NOT ONLY THE BUSINESS BUT ETHOS OF THE COMPANY.

NOW, I'M A STALWART DEMOCRAT, AND WHEN I WAS INVITED TO HELP MRS. TRUMP EXPLAIN TO THE WORLD THAT SHE NAVIGATED ALL THE WATERS OF IMMIGRATION PROPERLY, I WAS NEVER CONFLICTED BECAUSE I UNDERSTOOD AT ITS CORE THAT THIS WAS A FAMILY AND A BUSINESS THAT RESPECTED COMPLIANCE AND ALSO HAD A GREAT APPRECIATION OF THE JOURNEY OF FOREIGN NATIONALS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE THERE'S A LOT OF TENSION RIGHT NOW BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE, AFTER HEARING INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, ET CETERA, NOW SEEING HATE CRIMES START TO UPTICK, ARE FEELING INCREDIBLY ANXIOUS.

I DON'T BLAME PEOPLE FOR BEING ANXIOUS.

THE CAMPAIGN HAD DETERIORATED TO A TERRIBLE POINT.

BUT THE FACTS STILL REMAIN.

WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH BEDS, HANDCUFFS, AIRPLANES TO DETAIN AND REMOVE 11 MILLION PEOPLE, AND I THINK THIS GENTLEMAN, OUR PRESIDENT-ELECT, SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE.

HE IS NOW NOT RETREATING BUT FOCUSING ON REMOVING THE HARDENED CRIMINALS FROM OUR NATION.

AND YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW A BIFURCATION OF INTERESTS.

YOU HAVE 50 DIFFERENT STATES AND EVERY STATE HAS ITS OWN POLITIC AND ITS OWN WAY OF NAVIGATING THE WATERS.

WE HAVE A HARVARD GRADUATE WHO IS HERE ON DEFERRED ACTION, A BENEFIT MIND YOU, THE WHOLE NOTION OF DEFERRED ACTION WAS DISCOVERED IN MY FATHER'S HANDLING THE LENIN CASE.

BUT SHE WAS GIVEN PERMISSION BY PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR A THREE-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME TO STAY HERE, A HARVARD GRADUATE.

NOW THE NEW ADMINISTRATION COMING IN, THE QUESTION IS, WILL SHE BE ABLE TO GO ON WITH HER LIFE WITH THE HOSPITALITY THAT WAS ACCORDED TO HER BY THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION?

WILL THAT BE PROVIDED TO THE NEW ADMINISTRATION, THE LIST?

WILL THEY CONTINUE THIS LEGACY?

THESE ARE VERY DELICATE QUESTIONS.

THESE AREN'T FILES TO IMMIGRATION LAWYERS.

THESE ARE JOURNEYS OF FAMILIES, PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT ROOTS.

THE LION'S SHARE OF WHICH, 90% OF WHICH, HAVE NEVER EVEN UTTERED A CRIME OR DONE ANYTHING DASTARDLY OTHER THAN WORK, WORK HARD.

WHICH I THINK IS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE FEELING SO ANXIOUS.

BUT SPEAKING OF LISTS ONE OF THE SUBJECTS THAT CAME UP BETWEEN THE MAYOR AND THE PRESIDENT-ELECT IS THAT THE MAYOR HAS SAID THAT HE'S READY, IF HE NEEDS TO, TO PURGE THE ROLE ROLLS THE NEW YORK I.D.

CARDS THAT WERE GIVEN TO EVERYONE TO HAVE AN I.D. TO GET INTO DIFFERENT BUILDINGS IN THE CITY, ET CETERA.

WILL IT COME TO THAT?

DO YOU THAI'S WHERE WE'RE GOING?

PULL THE LENS CAP BACK ON THE LANDSCAPE OF THE NATION FIRST.

THE PRESIDENT-ELECT HAD ISSUES WITH TRADE NAFTA.

IF HE ELIMINATES THAT WITH CONGRESS, THEN WE DON'T HAVE -- VISAS.

THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AS ACCOUNTANTS AND LAWYERS AND GRAPHIC DESIGNERS WHO ARE THEN GOING -- AMERICAN EMPLOYERS WILL BE IN JEOPARDY.

AS FOR LOCAL LISTS OR LOCAL ACCESS, I THOUGHT IT WAS EXTRAORDINARILY GRACIOUS OF OUR MAYOR TO GIVE A CARD, TO GIVE PEOPLE THE DIGNITY.

YOU KNOW, I WAS A MAYOR MYSELF IN NEW JERSEY, AND I UNDERSTAND THE JOURNEY AND THE CHALLENGE WE HAVE.

IMMIGRATION IS A FEDERAL MANDATE, AND IF THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T GOING TO REMOVE PEOPLE, MAYOR COT SAID THIS TO MY DAD AND YEARS AGO, IT'S MY JOB TO EDUCATE PEOPLE.

IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SERIOUS, THEY'LL REMOVE PEOPLE.

IF NOT, I'LL MAKE SURE THEY'RE EDUCATED.

THIS MAYOR TOOK IT TO THE NEXT STEP.

I'LL MAKE PEOPLE GO TO ZOOS, THEY THEY HAVE THE DIGNITY OF WORKING, CAN USE EZ-PASS.

IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL GET INVOLVED THEY'LL DO IT THROUGH THE COURTS AND DO IT PROPERLY, NOT JUST GIVE A LIST AND DO MASS DEPORTATIONS.

I DON'T THINK IT'S WITHIN THE ETHOS OF OUR PRESIDENT-ELECT OR ANYBODY TO HAVE THAT KIND OF RENDITION.

OUR HOMELAND IS VULNERABLE, BUT OUR ECONOMY IS MORE VIBRANT AND MORE ROBUST THE MORE WE HAVE THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT OF IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE NOT ONLY BECOME EXTRAORDINARY WORKERS BUT EMPLOYERS OF AMERICANS.

THEN THEY BECOME AMERICANS THEMSELVES.

SO YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES THAT THEY SPEAK, YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENT JOBS THAT THEY HAVE, YOU CAN'T TELL IF A PERSON NOR SHOULD IT MATTER IF THEY PRAY ON A FRIDAY, A SATURDAY OR A SUNDAY.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS, IT'S EXTRAORDINARY AN EXPERIMENT IN DEMOCRACY, THE SPECIAL DNA THAT KEEP IT'S GOING IS IMMIGRATION.

OF COURSE THERE WAS ALSO TALK OF NEW YORK BEING A SANCTUARY CITY AS WELL.

IS THAT ANOTHER STEP THAT SHOULD BE MAINTAINED AND TAKEN, OR IS THAT AGAIN A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH OF A REACTION?

AS THE LAW EVOLVED IN OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM SAW A DEAFENING SILENCE IN WASHINGTON, A LOT OF THE BUCK PASSED TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

I WAS A FEDERAL PROSECUTOR FOR SEVERAL YEARS IN BROOKLYN.

AS A MAYOR IN NEW JERSEY, I SAW THIS FIRSTHAND, FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE, FIRE, AMBULANCE NOW GOING TO OVERCROWDED CIRCUMSTANCES IN OUR CITIES BECAUSE OF THE SILENCE IN WASHINGTON AND IT FALLS OUT SOME PLACE.

TAXPAYER VZ TO PAY FOR FOREIGNERS WHO DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HERE TO GO TO SCHOOL.

AND THE TRUTH IS THIS IS A BIG CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE.

THE QUESTION IS HOW WE RESPOND IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS TO WHAT WE DO.

HE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH RESOURCE TO REMOVE THESE INDIVIDUALS, NOR IS IT PROPER TO DISMOUNT FAMILIES WHO HAVE ALREADY DEVELOPED RELIANCE AND CHILDREN HERE.

THE LAWS HAVE TO BE TIGHTENED UP.

THEY WERE PLACED ON THE BOOKS IN BETTER DAYS.

PRESIDENT REAGAN SHIFTED THE RESPONSIBILITY OF POLICING EMPLOYERS TO -- OF POLICING IMMIGRATION TO EMPLOYERS.

RIGHT.

SO THE I-9 WE ALL HAVE TO FILL OUT WHEN WE START SOME PLACE WAS A DESIGN OF A DIFFERENT GENERATION.

NOW WE'RE STILL SANCTIONING EMPLOYERS AT A TIME WHERE WE NEED TO BE HELPING THEM.

THIS SOUNDS LIKE GREAT IDEAS.

ANY CHANCE YOU MAY BE ADVISING THE PRESIDENT-ELECT?

I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH A LOT OF WONDERFUL PEOPLE.

THIS IS NOT A MATTER OF RED OR BLUE.

THIS IS A MATTER OF RED, WHITE AND BLUE AND GIVING IT PROPER.

WE'VE HAD AGAIN THE LIKES OF THE FINEST FAMILIES AND THE MOST DILIGENT PEOPLE COME THROUGH OUR OFFICE, AND I'M NOT ALONE.

THERE ARE OVER 10,000 IMMIGRATION LAWYERS TRYING TO GET THIS RIGHT.

GET RID OF THE EXTREME CRIMINALS.

IF THEY HAVE ANY REMEDIES, THEY'LL HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT.

IF NOT, WE NEED TO FIX THIS.

BUT IT'S NOT PRACTICAL AND IT'S UNREALISTIC AND IT'S UNAMERICAN TO CONTEND THAT WE'RE GOING TO BUILD A WALL AND GO AROUND DEPORTING PEOPLE.

AND IT'S NOT WITHIN THE ETHOS OF THIS GENTLEMAN, THIS FAMILY, AND THE METRICS THAT I'VE SEEN.

LISTEN, MR. WILD, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKE BEING THE TIME TO COME DOWN AND EXPLAIN A COMPLICATED ISSUE FOR US.

PLEASURE.

> AS NEW YORK'S TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, I STAND HERE TODAY TO TELL EVERYONE WHO IS UNDERSTANDABLY SCARED THAT MY TEAM STANDS WITH YOU, WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE STATE AND WE WILL HAVE YOUR BACK.

WE STAND READY TO COMMIT WHATEVER RESOURCES WE CAN TO ENSURE EQUALITY AS WE PREPARE FOR A POSSIBLE UPTICK IN HATE CRIMES OR OTHER VIOLATIONS OF A NEW YORKER'S CIVIL RIGHTS.

AND I WOULD URGE YOU THAT WE ARE VERY COMMITTED TO DOING THIS IN SOLIDARITY, BOTH WITH THE ACTIVISTS AND THOSE WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINES AND HAVE THE CONFIDENCE AND ACCESS TO VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES WHO ARE OFTEN AFRAID TO COME FORWARD AND SPEAK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT BUT ALSO WE HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE NYPD AND MULTIPLE OTHER LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ACROSS THE STATE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE INFORMATION AND THE RESOURCES AND THE WILL TO UPHOLD THE RIGHTS OF ALL NEW YORKERS.

THAT WAS NEW YORK'S ATTORNEY GENERAL ON THIS STATE'S ACTION TO CURB THE SURGE OF HATE CRIM S.

THERE'S BEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF HATE CRIMES FOLLOWING THE COUNTRY FOLLOWING THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP.

THEY'VE DOCUMENTED MORE THAN 400 INCIDENTS WITH ANTI-BLACK, ANTIMUSLIM AND ANTI-IMMIGRANT TO TOP THE LIST.

WE SAW 250 HATE CRIMES IN THE FIRST TWO DAYS, MORE THAN WE NORMALLY SEE IN A SIX MONTH PERIOD.

IN HIS FIRST TELEVISION INTERVIEW AS PRESIDENT-ELECT, DONALD TRUMP CONFRONTED THE ISSUE.

I'M VERY SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT.

I HATE TO HEAR THAT.

I HATE TO HEAR THAT.

BUT YOU DO HEAR IT.

I DON'T HEAR IT.

YOU'RE NOT SEEING THIS?

I SAW ONE OR TWO INSTANCES.

I THINK IT'S A VERY SMALL AMOUNT.

DO YOU WANT TO SAY ANYTHING TO THOSE PEOPLE?

I WOULD SAY DON'T DO IT.

THAT'S TERRIBLE.

BECAUSE I'M GOING TO BRING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER.

THEY'RE HARASSING LATINOS, MUSLIMS.

I AM SO SADDENED TO HEAR THAT.

AND I SAY STOP IT.

NOW, SOME OF THESE HATE CRIMES ARE HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN NEW YORK.

GOVERNOR CUOMO HAS LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION AFTER SPAFKT KA GRAFFITI WAS DISCOVERED AT STUDENT BUILDINGS AT BOTH THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK IN NASSAU AND THE NEW SCHOOL HERE IN MANHATTAN.

AND JUST SOUTH OF BUFFALO, A SOFTBALL FIELD DEFACED WITH THE WORKS 'MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN.'

WE WANT TO WELCOME A SPECIAL POLITICAL PANEL, DEDICATING HER REPORTING TO TRACKING HATE CRIMES AND RICH ATAURUS JOINS US.

THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

YOUR REPORTING IS FOCUSED ON TRACKING HATE CRIMES, LOOKING AT WHAT YOU'VE OBSERVED IN THE PAST WEEB, ARE WE SEEING SOMETHING UNPRECEDENTED?

YES.

AT THE HUFFINGTON POST WE'VE BEEN TRACKING ANTIMUSLIM RHETORIC, ANY TYPE OF BIAS.

FOR THE 2016 YEAR, WE'VE SEEN A HUGE SURGE THIS ENTIRE YEAR, ESPECIALLY WITHIN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS WITH BOTH HATE CRIMES, FORMS OF VANDALISM AGAINST THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.

AND PARTICULARLY WE ARE SEEING IT WITH DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTERS.

PEOPLE ARE LEAVING THEIR MARK.

AN EXAMPLE OF THIS WAS A MOSQUE THAT WAS VANDALIZED IN BAYONNE, NEW JERSEY, JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO WHERE PEOPLE VANDALIZED THE MOSQUE ON THE OUTSIDE WRITING 'DONALD TRUMP' AND A LOT OF VULGAR AND HATEFUL THINGS TOWARD THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.

MOSQUES IN FLORIDA HAVE BEEN BURNED TO THE GROUND.

THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR MOSQUES DOCUMENTED THAT HAVE BEEN BURNED.

SO WE ARE SEEING REALLY DEADLY AND STRONG EFFECTS COMING FROM THE DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGN.

AND BECAUSE HE'S NOT COMING OUT AND NOT CONDEMNING THESE PEOPLE AND NOT ACTIVELY SUPPORTING MINORIIES AND THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY AND HE HAS HAD HATEFUL RHETORIC HIMSELF AGAINST THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, THIS IS BECOMING NORMALIZED, THE HATE.

YOU SAY HATE BECOMING NORMALIZED.

AS JOURNALISTS SOMETIMES WE'VE BECOME ALMOST NUMB AND DESENSITIZED ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU FOCUS ON AN ISSUE FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

I WONDER WHAT IMPACT, THOUGH, THIS HAS ON YOU PERSONALLY.

I'M A VERY VISIBLY MUSLIM WOMAN.

I WEAR THE HIJAB EVERY SINGLE DAY.

AND SO EVERY TIME I STEP OUT OF MY HOME I STEP OUT OF THE OFFICE, I'M VERY CONSCIOUS OF THAT.

AND I'VE BECOME VERY HYPER AWARE BECAUSE OF THIS ELECTION.

SO I NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHEN I'M COMMUTING.

I HAVE TO BE VERY ACTIVE OF MY SURROUNDS.

AND UNFORTUNATELY TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THINGS I DON'T WANT TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION.

I DON'T WANT TO THINK ABOUT HOW CLOSE I AM STANDING TO THE PLATFORM IN CASE I RUN INTO SOMEBODY WHO MAY BE HATEFUL.

IT'S NOT JUST ME.

IT'S DEFINITELY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.

JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO WE HAD AN INCIDENT -- EXCUSE ME.

A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO A MUSLIM SCHOOL TEACHER, WEARING A HIJAB, GOT A NOTE FROM ONE OF HER STUDENTS THAT TOLD HER, THIS DOESN'T BELONG HERE ANYMORE AND SHE SHOULD TAKE HER HEAD SCARF AND HANG HERSELF WITH IT.

SO WE'RE ALSO SEEING EFFECTS ON CHILDREN.

I THINK THAT'S JUST VERY SCARY BECAUSE IT DOESN'T INFLUENCE JUST THIS YEAR AND JUST THIS ELECTION SEASON, BUT IT ALSO HAS AN AFTERMATH.

RICHIE, YOUR COMMUNITY IN THE BRONX ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE IN NEW YORK CITY.

THAT IN A SENSE MAKE IT'S ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY.

WHAT'S THE MOOD ON THE GROUND THERE?

I THINK MY CONSTITUENTS AND I ARE ALL SHAKEN BY THE ELECTION.

WE'RE IN A STATE OF SHOCK AND BEWILLERMENT AND WONDERING TO OUR SFS, HOW COULD OUR COUNTRY ELECT A MAN WHO USES ABOUT SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMEN, WHO DEMONIZES MEXICANS AS CRIMINALS, WHO ADVOCATES BANNING MUSLIMS FROM THE UNITED STATES, WHO RECEIVES AND REFUSES TO RENOUNCE AN ENDORSEMENT FROM THE CLUE CLUX CLAN AND WHO JUST --

DID YOU HEAR HIM SAY STOP IT, STOP IT?

THE TROUBLE IS THE GREATEST PLATFORM THAT EXISTS IS THE PLATFORM OF THE PRESIDENCY OR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

AND HE SPENT A YEAR AND A HALF USING HIS PRESIDENTIAL LEVEL PLATFORM LEGITIMIING FEAR AND HATRED OF MUSLIM-AMERICANS AND MEXICAN-AMERICANS IN PARTICULAR.

SO IT'S HARDLY AN ACCIDENT THAT YOU HAVE A HATE CRIME SURGE HERE IN NEW YORK CITY AND ELSEWHERE.

I WANT TOO GO BACK TO THE HATE CRIME HERES.

THE STATISTICS WE TALKED ABOUT SO FAR FROM THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER DON'T STAND ALOIN.

THE FBI CAME OUT THIS WEEK AND SAID HATE CRIMES HAVE SEEN A SURGE, A 66% INCREASE IN ACTS OF HATE TOWARD MUSLIMS INTY 16.

THE NYPD ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY HATE RHYMES ARE UP 31% IN 2016.

IT SEEMS LIKE THE ELECTION HAS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THAT.

BUT BEYOND THAT, WHAT OTHER FACTORS DID YOU BELIEVE ARE LEADING TO THIS?

THERE'S AN UNKNOWN FACTOR THAT LEAD COMES TO MUSLIM-AMERICANS.

FOR SOME REASON, THE IMAGE OF MUSLIMS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES ARE SEEN AS THE OTHER, NOT SEEN AS AMERICANS BORN AND RAISED HERE, PART OF THE COUNTRY'S HISTORY.

PEOPLE WHO WE ELECT, PEOPLE THAT WE SEE ON A DAILY BASIS.

AND BECAUSE THERE'S THIS FEAR MONGERING AND THIS OTHERIZATION OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, HATE CRIMES CONTINUE TO EXIST.

OVER 60% OF AMERICANS HAVE ACTUALLY NEVER MET A MUSLIM, ABOUT 87% HAVE NEVER STEPPED INTO A MOSQUE.

AND OVER 50% HAVE AN UNFAVORABLE VIEW OF ISLAM.

SO WHEN YOU HAVE SUCH HIGH STATISTICS OF NEGATIVE VIEWS AGAINST THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, IT JUST MAKES IT THAT MUCH MORE EASY FOR THESE HATE CRIMES TO EXIST.

MUSLIM-AMERICANS ARE NOT JUST ARABS AND IMMIGRANTS BUT MUSLIM-AMERICANS ARE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, LATINO-AMERICANS, MEXICAN-AMERICANS.

ONCE WE UNDERSTAND JUST HOW COMPLEX AND DIVERSE THE MUSLIM-AMERICAN COMMUNITY IS, WE CAN SLOWLY START BRINGING DOWN SOME OF THOSE NUMBERS.

RICHIE, WE SAW THE MAYOR YESTERDAY GO TO TRUMP TOWER TO MEET WITH DONALD TRUMP.

HE HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER, AND HE TOLD THE MEDIA EVERYTHING HE SAID TO DONALD TRUMP, HIS EXPECTATIONS.

WE HEARD LITTLE, NOTHING, IN TERMS OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT-ELECT'S RESPONSE WAS TO THE MAYOR.

ONE OF THE ISSUES HERE WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IS SURVEILLANCE.

DURING THE COURSE OF THE CAMPAIGN, TRUMP MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE MAY SEE A RETURN TO INCREASED SURVEILLANCE OF MUSLIM COMMUNITIES.

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT COULD BECOME A REALITY IN THE MONTHS AHEAD?

YES, I'M CONCERNED THAT DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO USE THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE PRESIDENCY TO CONTINUE OR SOME OF THE WORST POLICIES THAT HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TOWARD MUSLIMS.

IT'S A REAL CONCERN.

AS A POLITICIAN HERE IN NEW YORK, ANYTHING YOU CAN DO?

MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL?

WE HAVE CONTROL OVER CERTAINLY THE SURVEILLANCE -- SOME INFLUENCE OVER THE SURVEILLANCE OF THE NYPD.

PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

THANK YOU.

> IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT NEARLY 7 TRILLION GALLONS OF WATER RAINED DOWN DURING THE HISTORIC AUGUST FLOODING IN LOUISIANA THAT LEFT SOME 20,000 PEOPLE IN NEED OF RESCUE.

THOSE WERE THE CONCERNS NEW YORK-BASED ANIMAL WELFARE GROUP GUARDIANS OF RESCUE FACED WHEN THEY SHIPPED OUT TO LOUISIANA IN SEARCH OF PETS, PIGS, HORSES, AND MORE THAT WERE IMPACTED BY THE STATE'S FLOODING AND LEFT BEHIND BY THEIR OWNERS.

THE ORGANIZATION HAS VISITED MULTIPLE DISASTER SITES, INCLUDING AREAS ACROSS THE EASTERN SEABOARD DEVASTATED BY HURRICANE SANDY.

BUT THEY DO MUCH MORE TO FURTHER THEIR MISSION OF PROTECTING THE WELL-BEING OF ANIMALS.

JOINING US WITH A LOOK AT THE GUARDIANS OF RESCUE IS THEIR FOUNDER, ROBERT BACERRA.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CREATE THIS ORGANIZATION?

WE ARE SEEING A GAP BETWEEN HUMANE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SHELTERS THAT RESCUE AND PUT ANIMALS UP FOR ADOPTION.

THERE WAS A BIG VOID IN BETWEEN.

THERE WERE MANY SERVICES THAT WERE NOT AVAILABLE TO GENERAL -- THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND MORE SO TO THE ANIMALS IN NEED IN BETWEEN.

SO GUARDIANS WAS CREATED TO FILL THAT VOID.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?

WHAT WERE YOU DOING IN THE BEGINNING?

WHEN WE STARTED GUARDIANS, WE STARTED DEALING WITH A LOT OF HOARDING CASES.

GENERALLY, THESE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN EVICTED FROM THEIR HOMES, POTENTIALLY ARRESTED, AND THEIR ANIMALS WOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN AND WENT OFF TO A KILL SHELTER.

WE TOOK A VERY DIFFERENT APPROACH.

WE WOULD WORK WITH THE TOWNS OR THE MUNICIPALITIES.

THEY WOULD CALL AND SAY, THERE'S A HOME HERE THERE'S 100 CATS INSIDE.

WE WOULD GO IN, ASSESS THE SITUATION, REMOVE ANY CATS THAT NEEDED MEDICAL, PUT THE ONES THAT WERE ADOPTABLE UP FOR ADOPTION, AND THEN WORK WITH THAT OWNER TO GET HER HOME, HER LIFE AND THE REMAINING ANIMALS UNDER CONTROL.

YOU'VE BEEN ABLE TO EXPAND.

I MENTIONED LOUISIANA AND THE FLOODING IN LOUISIANA.

TELL ME SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO DO TO HELP DOWN THERE.

LOUISIANA WAS A MESS FOR A LOT OF ANIMALS, A LOT OF LIVESTOCK, HORSES.

WE WERE DOING A LOT OF HORSE RESCUE.

THERE WERE CATS STUCK IN HOMES FOR DAYS, FOR WEEKS ON TOP OF CABINETS.

PEOPLE HAD TO LEAVE.

THE CATS HID.

WE GET BACK, AND THERE'S CATS STILL ON THE CABINETS, NO WATER, NO FOOD.

THE WATER THEY WERE DRINKING WAS TOXIC.

SO WE REMOVED A LOT OF CATS FROM HOMES, A LOT OF STRAY DOGS THAT WERE AT ONE POINT WEREN'T STRAY SO NOW TAKING THEM BACK TRYING TO RELOCATE THE OWNERS, TRYING TO GET THEM INTO A SIAFA SILT.

IT WASN'T EASY.

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT CATASTROPHE SITES.

WHAT ABOUT IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY EXISTENCE?

WHAT DOES THE ORGANIZATION DO TO HELP?

ON RAN AVERAGE DAY, WE CAN DO EVERYTHING FROM BUILD A DOGHOUSE, DELIVER DOGHOUSES, A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR HANDLES UNIQUE CRUELTY CASES, CASES THAT SEEM TO BE SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET OR NO ONE REALLY CARES ABOUT.

WE DO A LOT OF OUTREACH.

WE DO INTO COMMUNITIES THAT DON'T HAVE THE MEANS ALTHOUGH THEY OWN THE PETS TO SUPPLY THE PROPER FOOD.

SO WE RUN IN 14 DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS IN ONE DAY.

IT DOESN'T STOP.

AND WE DO A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS.

FINAL QUESTION FOR YOU.

IF SOME VIEWERS HERE ARE WATCHING SAYING, YOU KNOW, THEY DO REALLY GOOD WORK, VERY IMPORTANT WORK.

HOW CAN WE HELP, I WONDER?

WHAT WOULD YOUR ANSWER BE?

TWO THINGS WE ALWAYS NEED, VOLUNTEERS AND ALWAYS MONEY.

DONATIONS ARE CRITICAL.

THAT GETS US -- RIGHT NOW WE'RE DOING A BIG DRIVE FOR WINTER HOUSES FOR CATS AND DOGS.

A LOT OF DOGS UNFORTUNATELY STILL LIVE OUTSIDE IN PEOPLE'S BACKYARDS, AND WE PROVIDE INSULATED HOMES, HOUSES FOR THEM.

ROBERT, IT'S AN ORGANIZATION THAT DOES EXTRAORDINARY WORK AND VERY NECESSARY WORK.

WE THANK YOU FOR THAT, AND WE THANK YOU FOR SPENDING SOME TIME WITH US TODAY.

PLEASURE TO BE HERE.

GOOD LUCK AND YOU BE WELL.

THANK YOU.

AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GUARDIANS OF RESCUE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP THEM, EITHER IN DISASTER AREAS OR HERE AT HOME, MAKE SURE YOU VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT METROFOCUS.ORG.

> 130 YEARS AGO, ON NEW YORK'S LOWER EAST SIDE, A SOCIAL SERVICE NETWORK CALLED SETTLEMENT HOUSES BEGAN TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE NEIGHBOR'S POOR AND RECENT IMMIGRANTS.

PREMIERING TONIGHT AT 8:00 P.M.

ON WLIW 21 'TREASURES OF NEW YORK: SETTLEMENT HOUSES' EXPLORES THE HISTORY AND HOW THE ORGANIZATION REMAINS A VITAL PART OF NEW YORK CITY'S INFRASTRUCTURE TODAY.

HERE IS A PREVIEW.

I'M HERE AT THE HUDSON GILLS 19th ART JAM, AND I CAME TO PARTICIPATE TO SHOW MY WORK ABOUT ACTIVISM AROUND ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND AIDS AWARENESS.

IT'S VERY PAINFUL.

IN MY PAINTING.

BUT I TRY TO HAVE A MESSAGE.

HARRIS OMAR'S FAMILY MOVED TO NEW YORK FROM PALESTINE AND ENDED UP LIVING RIGHT ACROSS FROM HUDSON GILD.

HARRIS AND HIS FAMILY REAPED THE MANY BENEFITS FROM THE BILD AND NOW GIVES BACK AS AN AFTER-SCHOOL COUNSELOR.

THIS IS MY PIECE.

IT'S CALLED ODDBALL.

IT'S WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT.

I MAKE THIS LOGO TO SYMBOLIZE SOMETHING AND I WANT IT TO -- I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BRING AWARENESS TO PEOPLE THAT FEEL ODD, FEEL DIFFERENT, THAT HAVE A HARD TIME COMING OUT OF THEIR SHELL.

I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO DEAL WITH THAT FEELING BECAUSE GROWING UP I FELT LIKE THAT MY WHOLE LIFE.

IT DOESN'T FEEL GOOD.

I WORK WITH KIDS AT HUDSON GILD CURRENTLY SECOND AND THIRD GRADE.

AND I SEE HOW THESE KIDS INTERACT.

I GET SOME KIDS THAT HAVE TROUBLE TRYING THINGS OUT OR BEING BRAVE OR A KID WILL BE EMBARRASSED OR TO BE ABLE TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF.

AND I JUST WANT TO -- I CAN'T SAY I'LL FIX IT, BUT I WANT TO HELP IT OUT A LITTLE BIT OR GIVE IT A LITTLE PUSH OR SOMETHING.

AND ME DOING THIS WITH MYSELF FIRST WILL HELP OTHER PEOPLE LIKE SEE ME AS A PRODUCT AND MAYBE THEY'LL FOLLOW OR GET INTO IT MORE I GUESS IS WHAT I'M SAYING.

ENSURING ALL AGES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHER HAS BEEN A HALLMARK OF SETTLEMENT HOUSE PROGRAMMING SINCE THE MOVEMENT BEGAN.

AND THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM AT THE SOUTHEAST BRONX NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER EXEMPLIFIES THIS SETTLEMENT HOUSE TRADITION.

THEY'RE PLAYING A PART.

YOU KNOW, THEY'RE JUST NOT STAYING HOME WATCHING TV.

THEY'RE PLAYING A PART IN A CHILD'S LIFE.

THEY'RE TAUGHT THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGING, YOU KNOW, HOW TO WORK WITH YOUNG CHILDREN.

WE'RE VERY CONCERNED WITH MINORITY CHILDREN GETTING THAT HEAD START, OPENING THE DOOR TO EDUCATION SO THAT THEY'RE GOING TO SUCCEED AND GIVING THEM THE VERY BEST FOUNDATION THAT WE POSSIBLY CAN GIVE THEM.

LOCATED IN THE MORE SANE YA DISTRICT OF THE SOUTH BRONX, SEB NICK IS THE ONLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN-LED SETTLEMENT HOUSE IN THE CITY.

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AND BY PSE&G, SERVING CUSTOMERS, STRENGTHENING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE.

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