New York State and its major regions

FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative examines the role of immigrants in the New York State economy and beyond. The initiative is guided by an expert advisory panel and is directed by David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI Senior Fellow.

New York Should Fund Programs that Support Immigrant Integration

Our state budget is the opportunity to improve the lives of immigrant New Yorkers by investing in immigrant integration. While Governor Cuomo continues to stress that New York is a welcoming state for immigrants, unfortunately he failed to include any funding in his executive budget for critical programs to help protect immigrants from federal attacks, cut funding for some programs, and eliminated it for others. There is still time for these issues to be addressed as the governor, the assembly, … (read more)

New York’s 4.5 Million Immigrants Will Look to Governor Cuomo’s Leadership to Protect Them Against Federal Attacks

We welcome Governor Cuomo’s focus on the diversity of New York in his State of the State address. The governor was clear that our state was and is comprised of a wide variety of peoples who are all working to create a better future for themselves and our state.

We also commend the governor for acknowledging the difficulties immigrants face obtaining employment. His proposal to make occupational licensing possible for some immigrants is a small but welcome step. The measure … (read more)

Methodology for Public Charge Estimates

In Only the Wealthy Need Apply, the Fiscal Policy Institute estimated the fiscal and economic impacts of the Department of Homeland Security’s “public charge” rule. This 2019 paper updates an analysis that FPI first published in 2018. Presented here is the detailed methodology we used in making these estimates. Only the Wealthy Need Apply: The Chilling Effects of “Public Charge” is available at www.fiscalpolicy.org/publiccharge2019

Methodology available here.… (read more)

Only Wealthy Immigrants Need Apply: The Chilling Effects of “Public Charge”

In August 2019, the Department of Homeland Security published a final rule on the “public charge” ground of inadmissibility for immigrants whose application for a green card is processed in the United States. The rule applies a similar test to people seeking to extend or change their temporary status (such as student or employment visas) in the United States. Although scheduled to go into effect on October 15, the rule has been blocked temporarily by several federal courts.

If the … (read more)

“Public Charge” Chill Continues Regardless of Injunction

FPI Finds Widespread Negative Effects of the Attempt to Rewrite Immigration Policy

 

For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Media Contact: Fern Whyland 315.436.0558 | whyland@fiscalpolicy.org

 

“Public Charge” Chill Continues Regardless of Injunction

FPI Finds Widespread Negative Effects of the Attempt to Rewrite Immigration Policy

Read the report: www.fiscalpolicy.org/publiccharge2019

 

(Albany, NY) The Trump administration continues to drastically remake US immigration policy through a radical reinterpretation of the “public charge” rule.  In the Fiscal Policy Institute’s report released … (read more)

Slashing Resettlement Will Hurt Refugees and Hurt New York

Slashing Resettlement Will Hurt Refugees and Hurt New York

July, 26, 2019. In 2019, President Trump capped the refugee resettlement program at just 30,000 entries, the lowest it has been since the beginning of the modern refugee resettlement program. If recent news reports are right, the Trump administration is now discussing reducing the cap even further, possibly as far as zero.

Refugee resettlement is a humanitarian commitment: refugees are resettled in the United States from some of the … (read more)

Refugees Help Revitalize and Strengthen New York Vital to Economic Growth in Areas that Need it Most

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2019

Media Contact: Fern Whyland, Communications Director, whyland@fiscalpolicy.org, 315-436-0558

 

Refugees Help Revitalize and Strengthen New York Vital to Economic Growth in Areas that Need it Most

 

July 19, 2019. (Albany, NY)- News that the Trump Administration is considering radically reducing refugee resettlement should be a jolt to New York’s political leadership. New York elected officials have shown bipartisan support for the resettlement program as being both the right thing to do and … (read more)

Press Release: Fair Pay for Farm Workers is Affordable

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Contact: Fern Whyland, whyland@fiscalpolicy.org, 315-436-0558

The new report: “Farm Workers’ Overtime Pay is Affordable and Long Overdue”

New Report Shows that Fair Pay for Farm Workers is Affordable

Our state can end the archaic exclusion of job protections for farm workers

(Albany, NY) Today the Fiscal Policy Institute released a new report “Farm Workers’ Overtime Pay is Affordable and Long Overdue” which looks at how giving farm workers the same rights and … (read more)

Report: Farm Workers’ Overtime Pay Is Affordable and Long Overdue

May 28, 2019. Today the Fiscal Policy Institute released a new report “Farm Workers’ Overtime Pay is Affordable and Long Overdue” which looks at giving farm workers the same rights and protection as other workers, including overtime pay for long hours, would affect farms, farm workers, their local communities and the state. With the end of 2019 legislative session rapidly approaching, the Senate has conducted hearings on The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act and attention is now shifting to the … (read more)

Panel Urges Albany to Allow Undocumented Immigrants Access to Driver’s Licenses

March 3, 2019. FPI’s Deputy Director, David Dyssegaard Kallick, joined New York State Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, Christina Goldbaum from the New York Times, Pamela Chomba of FWD.us, Ydanis Rodriguez, NYC Councilman Chairman for the transportation committee, Steve Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, Jon Lentz, Editor-in-Chief at City & State NY, Zach Ahmad from the New York Civil Liberties Union, Natalia Francisco Lopez of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, and many others in a panel to urge New … (read more)