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N.H. Immigration Advocates Find Ways To Engage With Primary Candidates

Daniela Allee

Immigration advocates in New Hampshire are working on ways to get presidential candidates more engaged with their issue.

About 30 advocates from around the state met today in Manchester to talk about what’s happening in New Hampshire's immigrant communities.

Many said they don't feel immigration is getting enough attention.

The Granite State Organizing Project has been setting up meetings with presidential candidates to talk about the issue.

Eva Castillo is the director of the New Hampshire Immigration and Refugee Alliance.  She says advocates are coming up with some specific recommendations.

“First, cutting down the funding for ICE and CBP, not eliminating the offices. But cutting down that funding [and] instead investing that money in programs that benefit the community at large,” she said.

She would also like for candidates to commit to stopping deportations and to start figuring out what to do with those who are here without documents.

Some immigration advocates will meet with Republican candidate Bill Weld in Manchester Wednesday and then with Senator Bernie Sanders on Nov. 25.

Daniela is an editor in NHPR's newsroom. She leads NHPR's Spanish language news initiative, ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? and the station's climate change reporting project, By Degrees. You can email her at
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