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  • How Millennials Could Determine the Next President

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    By Neil A. Carousso

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    Millennials, people born after 1980, have already surpassed baby boomers as the largest living generation in the United States, and they are now essentially tied for 31 percent of the nation’s electorate, according to Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. There is an estimated 69.2 million voter-age millennials in the U.S. and approximately 69.7 million baby boomers. Millennials will overtake boomers by 2020.

    The first presidential debate will be held on the campus of Hofstra University where there is excitement, enthusiasm and a plethora of opinions from millennial students, who can determine the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, like America’s youth did in 2008 when 48.5 percent of young voters turned out in a year when the first black president, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), was elected over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

    Hofstra student Shannon Spada proudly wears her Trump/Pence t-shirt.
    Hofstra student Shannon Spada proudly wears her DonaldTrump/Mike Pence t-shirt.

    “I hate Hillary Clinton,” said Shannon Spada, a senior political science major at Hofstra, who is also a member of the Hofstra chapter of College Republicans. “She has blood on her hands from Benghazi, she’s untrustworthy, she has 30 years of experience that doesn’t prove she’s been successful in anything.”

    Fifty-five percent of Americans see Hillary Clinton unfavorably to Donald Trump’s 55% unfavorable rating, according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.

    “Both candidates aren’t the best that we’ve chosen,” said Hofstra student Solangie Diaz, who is voting for Mrs. Clinton despite “agreeing” with Mr. Trump and the GOP on some issues, namely conservatives’ pro-life stance on abortion.

    “I was hoping we’d have a third party candidate, but it’s not going to happen,” added student Mirjavolon Kurbonov, a Gary Johnson supporter.

    Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s nominee, slipped from 9 percent to 5 percent, among likely voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, conducted from September 19-22. Jill Stein of the Green Party is polling at 1 percent.

    While a dead heat between Clinton and Trump, percentages within the poll’s margin of error, the Republican nominee is winning with enthusiasm. Fifty-five percent of Trump supporters are “very enthusiastic” about his candidacy to 46 percent of enthused Clinton supporters.

    “It’s hard for me to trust [Clinton], but I rather her than Trump,” remarked Chris Virsner, a junior at Hofstra.

    “I definitely think we need to secure the borders,” Spada said. “One of the main things that drew me to [Trump] is that we need a wall and we need a way to prevent people from coming in at their will.”

    The first presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island begins at 9 PM ET. Eyewitness News’ pre-debate special, “The Countdown: The Hofstra Debate” is live at 8 PM on abc7ny.com and on Facebook.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Hurting America’s Future? The Effect Immigration Has on the Long Island Economy

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    Immigration has been a forefront issue in the presidential campaign with Republican nominee Donald Trump vowing to build a wall along the Southern border and enforcing current immigration laws to ensure people enter the United States through the legal process instead of gaining sanctuary in the U.S. with many overstaying visas.

    There are 526,000 immigrants living on Long Island, the site of the first presidential debate, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute’s analysis of the most recent data available from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2013. Throughout the election season, immigration has been discussed extensively as it has been a focal point of Donald Trump’s campaign. Of the more than half a million immigrants in the area, 98,000 people are living in the United States illegally.

    “Other than refugees, people are choosing to come here and they’re certainly doing something good for them. It’s good for the overall economy of Long Island as well,” said David Dyssegaard Kallick, a senior fellow at FPI and the director of its immigration research initiative. FPI is a 25-year-old independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization with the mission to improve the economic and social conditions of all New Yorkers.

    Immigration labor contributes 20 percent of Long Island’s economic output. Immigrants are 18 percent of the region’s population.

    While the national debates are dominated by discussion of immigrants from Mexico, who make up 28 percent of immigrants in the U.S. as a whole, people born in El Salvador constitute 14 percent of the Island’s immigration population.

    “If you come from Guatemala or El Salvador and make it to a family [that makes the median income of $80,000], that is the American Dream,” Kallick said.

    While there is an upside to the overall economy, American workers are being hurt on a micro level when competing with illegal immigrants.

    “It does really impact everyone,” said Hofstra University junior Sarah Paquette, continuing, “I think it is important for everyone to truly understand what’s really going on.”

    “Eventually, it does put a strain on the economy,” said Hofstra senior and student government president Damian Gallagher. “I think you could overpopulate certain schools where other children could become disadvantaged. I think in the work force when you have more bodies then, yes, it could affect the average Joe looking for a job.”

    Hofstra will play host to the first presidential debate on Monday evening. It hosted a presidential debate in 2008 and 2012. The Long Island University was originally billed as an alternate in 2016 before Ohio’s Wright University withdrew from the debate, citing security concerns.

    Millennials are fleeing Long Island, a long-term trend, due to high cost of living expenses and higher-level, more skilled jobs elsewhere.

    “Competition…that’s life,” said Paquette, adding that she uses it as a “motivating factor.”

    “There’s no way to have effective enforcement of immigration laws unless you have a point where everybody’s in compliance.” – David Dyssegaard Kallick, Fiscal Policy Institute

    “There’s very little labor regulation, very little enforcement so people are able to pay lower wages is part of the problem,” Kallick said, noting other economic problems when illegal immigrants are employed such as “employers paying people without workers compensation, without paying unemployment insurance, without sort of being part of the regular system.”

    David Dyssegaard Kallick (left) and reporter Neil A. Carousso
    David Dyssegaard Kallick (left) and reporter Neil A. Carousso

    The illegal nature of undocumented immigration, Kallick points out, means lower wages for young American workers. Young black men with a high school degree or less suffer the most.

    “There’s no way to have effective enforcement of immigration laws unless you have a point where everybody’s in compliance,” said Kallick, who has been with FPI since the summer of 2001.

    It is estimated that there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, which Kallick believes is accurate within 20 percent, according to his research.

    Evidently, legal immigration significantly benefits the American economy, whereas illegal immigration has pitfalls for a nation’s economy and security.

    “I think there needs to be a system where you first of all say, how do you make sure everybody’s in compliance – employers and employees? How do you make sure that people who come here, do come here legally? Because, you don’t want to come here illegally across the borders or even legally, which is in fact 40 percent of undocumented immigrants come and overstay visas,” said Kallick, adding, “How do you stop that from happening? And, I think there are good ways to think about it, but again, it has to be in a context where you can think about enforcement.”

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  • Police Chase in Newark Leaves an Innocent Pedestrian Dead, Neil A. Carousso Reports for Channel 7 Eyewitness News

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    NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) — A pedestrian was hit and killed in Newark early Friday morning, August 19 during a police chase.

    The young woman was walking on the sidewalk with two friends on Washington Street near Court Street around 2:30 a.m. when she was struck Friday night.

    Amid a mess of car parts and broken glass and twisted metal were candles and balloons in a memorial to a woman whose only mistake was to walk down the block.

    “Everybody loved her,” said Yvonne Willis, the victim’s aunt.

    Chynna Willis’ devastated mother just had to see for herself, the spot where an out-of-control car flew off University Avenue and crushed the 24-year-old, who may not even have seen it coming.
    “He had to hit her so hard from the impact her sneakers flew off,” Yvonne said.

    “I heard the skidding and then I heard the boom,” a witness said.

    It happened at 2:30 in the morning as prosecutors say Newark police were chasing a suspect driving a Dodge Charger, when he careened around a curve and jumped the curb. Eyewitnesses say cops were right behind him.

    “It was three cars back to back like in a movie, the lights blazing and everything,” said Crystal Warner, an eyewitness.

    “Cars on top of the fence, people screaming, hollering,” said Eugene Antwine, an eyewitness.

    “My daughter was pinned they said, under the hood of the car,” her mother said.

    Willis wound up so deep in the wreckage, at first it seemed like she’d been in the car.

    As for the driver, police got him right away.

    “One person was like walking really fast, walking down the street and cops caught him right away,” Warner said.

    Prosecutors identified him as 45-year-old Ken Gunther. They won’t say why cops had been chasing him, though sources say they found a large quantity of drugs in his car.

    Chynna’s family is demanding an explanation.

    “I blame the cops for chasing him because whatever he did, I’m quite sure it wasn’t that serious,” Yvonne said.

    “Was the drugs worth you all taking her life? Because we will never get her back,” said Shaanna Willis, the victim’s cousin.

    Gunther sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from University Hospital. He has been charged with one count of eluding and one count of resisting arrest, but more charges are expected.

    The investigation is active and ongoing.

    Josh Einiger from WABC-TV New York contributed to this reporting.

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  • “I Don’t Think She’s Trustworthy.” America’s Millennials on Hillary Clinton’s Integrity

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    Millennials, defined as individuals who reach adulthood around year 2000, have been closely watching the 2016 presidential campaigns. Many were mobilized by Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) message of a “future to believe in” while not trusting now Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton because of her history taking large sums of money from corporations and countries for the Clinton Foundation and for speeches.

    On July 5, FBI Director Jim Comey laid out a scathing report of the agency’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server, actually multiple servers, which Comey revealed, to the American people.

    “One hundred and ten emails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to have contained classified information at the time they were sent or received,” Comey said in front of a national television audience. “Eight of those chains contained information.”

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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denied using a private e-mail server multiple times including a March 10 press conference, two Democratic presidential debates and under oath in front of the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015

    “There was nothing marked classified on my e-mails, either sent or received,” Clinton said under oath in response to questioning from Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH).

    Clinton had also been caught in hostile questioning from Rep. Jordan regarding her blaming of the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack on a video when she told her daughter, Chelsea, and the Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil within 24 hours that it was, in fact, a terrorist attack. Four Americans including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens died in Benghazi, Libya. 

    Millennials react to the campaign, specifically discuss whether or not they trust Mrs. Clinton. A recent New York Times/CBS News Poll indicates Clinton’s “not honest and untrustworthy” numbers are at an all-time high 67 percent, up 5 percent from last month.

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  • GOP Ticket Punched: Donald Trump Introduces Gov. Mike Pence as Running Mate

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    New York, NY — Donald Trump introduced Governor Mike Pence (R-IA) on Saturday morning at the New York Hilton Midtown. Trump said Pence was his “first choice” because he was impressed by Pence’s record in Indiana which includes over 150,000 new private sector jobs, 32,000 school choice scholarships and the 2nd lowest unemployment among veterans in the nation.

    The Republican National Convention begins Monday in Cleveland, OH where Trump and Pence are expected to be officially billed on the Republican ticket.

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