Trump’s War on Refugees Harms the Economy

May 29, 2018. In an op-ed by Albor Ruiz, he discusses what he calls the “war on immigrants” that the Trump administration has started and expanded to include refugees and asylees as targets. The author discusses how the Trump administration’s immigration policy and rhetoric are racist and can have negative economic effects. He goes on to argue that refugees are people fleeing dangerous circumstances in their home country and Trump’s rhetoric is wrongly characterizing them.

The FPI report, “Refugees (read more)

Report: Refugees Stay at Firms Longer, Improve Company Culture

May 29, 2018. This article discusses FPI’s new report, “Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment,” that examined the experience of employers who hire refugees through qualitative interviews with employers in Upstate New York, rural Nebraska, Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia, as well as quantitative data. The article discusses the report’s findings with included higher retention rates among refugee workers, an improved work culture for all employees, and an expanded labor force. The article goes on to discuss … (read more)

Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment

May 22, 2018.

Employers that hire refugees see positive outcomes for their businesses, according to a report released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Tent Partnership for Refugees. The study, based on over 100 interviews in four regions of the country, finds that when employers hire refugees they see lower turnover rates among refugees, and widen their pool of potential employees. In addition, many see overall improvements in the company, with their managers becoming more versatile as they … (read more)

Erie County Clerk Says He Won’t Issue Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

May 17, 2018. This article discusses Erie County’s Clerk Mickey Kearns’ statement that he is in opposition to the Driver License Access and Privacy Act which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The article goes on to quote others who are in support of the act and would like to see it passed. Those that support it say that it will increase public safety, improve community members’ lives, and generate county revenue.

According to labor-backed think tank Fiscal … (read more)

Kearns Says Auto Bureaus Won’t Process Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

May 18, 2018. In this article by Mark Sommer and Maki Becker, the authors discuss Erie County’s Clerk, Mickey Kearns’, position on granting undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses. The article quotes Kearns stating that if the law is passed, he would consider it a violation of federal law and that he will not have licenses processed. The article goes on to quote others who are in opposition to Kearns’ view and see a driver’s licenses as a necessity to living life. … (read more)

Rally in Albany to Let People of All Immigration Status Get Driver’s Licenses

May 15, 2018. An article in Spectrum News discussed the rally at the New York State Capital for driver’s licenses for all individuals regardless of immigration status. The group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and many others from cities and towns all over New York gathered hoping that officials would hear their requests. The article goes on to discuss how undocumented immigrants fear deportation and separation from family members when they drive, but have to drive as a necessity to provide for … (read more)

Interactive Maps: SNAP Participation Rates and SNAP Retailers

May 7, 2018. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP for short, is the country’s largest and most effective nutrition program. In New York State, over 2.8 million people utilize SNAP every year, including 1.1 million children. More than $4.9 billion in SNAP benefits were spent at over 18,000 New York retailers in 2016. SNAP is a part of the Farm Bill, a piece of legislation which authorizes most federal policies governing food and agriculture programs. Approximately 80 percent of the … (read more)

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Stood Alongside Nonprofits In Opposition To President Trump And Congressional Republicans’ Harmful Cuts To The Social Safety Net


April 30, 2018 

Media Contact:  Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of FPI 518-469-6769 / deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Stood Alongside Nonprofits In Opposition To President Trump And Congressional Republicans’ Harmful Cuts To The Social Safety Net

Group calls on Congress to reject a Farm Bill that takes food off the tables of needy Americans when they return from recess

See the full press release here

New York, NY. – On April 30, 2018, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez stood alongside … (read more)

Claw-Back Tax Rally on Wall Street and Beyond

March 20, 2018. On March 9th a protest was held on Wall Street demanding that corporations either pay their workers or pay their fair share of taxes. FPI joined the rally, where ordinary tax payers, elected officials, community organizations and labor unions called for a 0.5% New York State tax on stock buyback trades, which would mean corporations using their federal tax cuts simply to benefit their shareholders would have to pay a small New York State tax on … (read more)

America’s Immigrants Are a Source of Strength, Dignity and Pride

February 26, 2018. In this article the author, Clarence Hightower, argues that immigrants are who made America what it is today. He discusses the present contributions of immigrants to the U.S. by citing research, including FPI’s, which shows that immigrants are highly educated, very likely to be business owners, are homeowners, and their children are less likely to be involved in the criminal justice system. He goes on to draw attention to the demonizing actions and rhetoric from the federal … (read more)