Census 2020: NYS Should Invest $40 Million to Fund Community Outreach

October 30, 2018. 

In a new report, the Fiscal Policy Insititute details the resources community-based groups will require to maximize participation in the 2020 Census among “hard to count” residents across New York State. FPI proposes that the governor and legislature include $40 million in next year’s state budget for community-based organizations to do outreach around the 2020 Census. FPI notes that this should be in addition to whatever funds the state commits to its own outreach and media campaigns … (read more)

Trump Refugee Cuts Slow Resurgence of Cities Like Buffalo

October 23, 2018. This article discusses the effect that the Trump administration’s refugee cap reduction has had on Buffalo, N.Y., a city located in the Rust Belt that has benefited from refugee replacement for many years. According to the article, refugees have helped reverse population decline, rebuild homes, revitalize the community and have opened businesses. The author goes on to discuss how Buffalo is dramatically effected by the decrease in refugee admissions. Employers are having a difficult time filling jobs … (read more)

Mayor Kenney Condemns Trump’s ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Proposal

October 12, 2018. This article discusses Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia’s viewpoint of the proposed “public charge” rule, which would disqualify immigrants from receiving a green card and other immigration benefits if they have received specific public benefits such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or housing assistance. According to the article, Mayor Kenney thinks that the federal administration’s goal is to destabilize families, discourage immigration and prevent hard-working people from accessing benefits.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and his … (read more)

Report: Public Charge Rule Change Will Have ‘Chilling Effect’ On Immigrant Community

October 12, 2018. This report discusses the findings of FPI’s new report, “Only Wealthy Immigrants Need Apply,” that include an estimated 24 million people will be affected by the “public charge” rule. The author goes on to highlight the finding that 9 million children will be affected, most of them U.S. citizens.

FPI’s report says the new interpretation would “radically restrict access to green cards and various types of visas for immigrants who do not have a high enough income, … (read more)

The Trump Administration’s Proposed Public Charge Rule Is The Next Step in An Ongoing Immigration Crackdown

October 11, 2018. This article discusses the federal administration’s proposed “public charge” rule that could affect 24 million people. The author notes that the rule would directly affect immigrants seeking permanent status but that there would be “chilling effects” that spread fear among immigrants to disenroll or not apply for public benefits. The article goes on to highlight important facts about the “public charge” rule which include that it will not affect refugees, asylees  protected groups, or green card holders, … (read more)

FPI Estimates Human & Economic Impacts of Public Charge Rule: 24 Million Would Experience Chilling Effects

October 10, 2018. Today, the Trump Administration published its proposed reinterpretation of a previously arcane rule, known as “public charge.” The new interpretation would radically restrict access to green cards and various types of visas for immigrants who do not have a high enough income, or who have used public health, food, or housing supports they are otherwise qualified to receive. Without input from Congress, the Trump Rule would fundamentally change this country’s approach to immigration, making income and use … (read more)

Panel Sparks Conversation on Immigration in the United States

October 3, 2018. FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, David Dyssegaard Kallick, joined Emily Ngara of Hofstra’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Saul Guerrera of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, at Hofstra University on September 26, in a panel to discuss immigration challenges. The topics discussed included Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), family separations, deportations, labor trends, obstacles for obtaining citizenship, refugees and asylees.

Emily Ngara, the attorney-in-charge of the Deportation Defense Clinic … (read more)

Event: David Dyssegaard Kallick Will Present in “The Immigration and Deportation Crisis” at Hofstra University

Join FPI and others for a discussion on the devastating implications of the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the reduction to the U.S. refugee cap and of immigrant arrests, deportations and family separations. FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, David Dyssegaard Kallick will join other presenters including Emily Ngara, from the Deportation Defense Clinic Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, and Saul Guerrero, from the United Food and Commerical Workers … (read more)

Anchor Institutions: Refugee Resettlement Agencies

September 11, 2018. The Trump administration’s decision to decrease the number of refugees admitted and in general slow down the refugee resettlement process means that only a trickle of refugees are coming into the United States. As FPI noted in our recent reporton refugee employment, the United States is on track to resettle just 20,000 refugees in 2018, down from 97,000 in 2016.

This is a tragedy for refugees, who languish in resettlement camps or live in horrific danger. … (read more)

For TMCO, Refugees Are Key to Diverse and Welcoming Workplace

September 4, 2018. TMCO, a company located in Lincoln, Nebraska, strives to create a diverse workplace that includes refugees. They provide English language courses for the workers, help schedule doctor appointments, provide a family-first mentality and organize potluck dinners for all the employees. Chris Decker, professor and chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, discusses the importance of refugees in Lincoln. He notes that minorities are the reason for the population growth over the … (read more)