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Buffalo’s Refugee Agencies Petition State to Cover Federal Funding Gap Under Trump

March 20, 2019. This article discusses the 14 refugee resettlement agencies that came together from across New York State to urge lawmakers and the governor to expand their funding from $2 million to $4.5 million to help with the funding gap these agencies are facing due to the Trump administration’s refugee cap. The author goes on to note that both the senate and executive budget bills don’t include funding for these agencies, but the Assembly bill allocates $2 million.

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NYC Congress Members Urge $40M for Census Outreach

March 19, 2019. This article covers the rally that took place at New York City Hall where Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Meng, Adriano Espaillat and Gregory Meeks spoke about their fear that New York will experience an undercount in the 2020 census and lose federal funds. The author goes on to highlight that the Congress members urged the governor to include $40 million, an estimate calculated by FPI, in the executive budget to help achieve an accurate count. … (read more)

Will Immigrants Find Themselves in the Driver’s Seat?

March 19, 2019. This article discusses the efforts of advocates to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses to protect them from the federal attacks on immigrants. According to the article, lawmakers who support the legislation and advocates argue that expanding access to licenses would benefit local economies, make roads safer, and put an additional barrier between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by reducing their risk of deportation. The author notes that … (read more)

Poll: New York State Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Illegals Getting Drivers Licenses

March 18, 2019. This article discusses the results of a poll conducted by Siena College the found that  61 percent of New York voters do not support allowing undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses. The article goes on to note that the poll also found that 49 percent of Democrats support issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, while 84 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Independents oppose it. The author highlights the efforts of the New York City Comptroller … (read more)

NY Should Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants (Your Letters)

March 18, 2019. In this op-ed featured on Syracuse.com, the author discusses the efforts of advocates that are urging the governor to support “Green Light NY: Driving Together,” a campaign advocating for equal access to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. The author argues that  undocumented immigrants can’t access basic necessities, such as grocery shopping or taking their children to the hospital, without the fear of being separated from their family or being deported,  undocumented women can’t escape domestic abuse, and … (read more)

Alessandra Biaggi: Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented New Yorkers Can Boost Safety for All

March 18, 2019. In this op-ed, featured in Loud, the author, Alessandra Biaggi, discusses the bill that the legislature is discussing that would allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses. Alessandra argues that this bill would generate revenue for New York State, improve public safety, and allow undocumented immigrants access to a necessity, not a luxury. The author goes on to highlight the benefits 12 other states plus D.C. experienced, who have already passed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to … (read more)

Majority of NY State Voters Oppose Illegals Getting Driver’s Licenses

March 18, 2019. This article discusses the results of a poll conducted by Siena College on March 18 that found that 61 percent of New Yorkers voters do not support allowing undocumented immigrants access to apply for driver’s licenses. According to the article, the poll also revealed that among Democrat voters in New York 49 percent support undocumented immigrants obtain licenses, compared to 15 percent of Republicans. The author goes on to highlight that a month prior to this poll,  … (read more)

Immigrant Advocacy Groups March: ‘Drivers’ Licenses For All’

March 13, 2019. This article discusses the march in Riverhead on Long Island, New York organized by the Green Light NY: Driving Together Coalition to support a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses. According to the article, the advocates argue that driver’s licenses will decrease the risk of deportation, generate revenues and make the roads safer.

According to the Green Light NY: Driving Together coalition, the goal is to expand access to drivers’ licenses to all … (read more)

Dream Bigger New York Sueña más grande, Nueva York

March 14, 2019. This op-ed, by Monica Sibri, urges immigrants to not get too focused on celebrating the passage of the New York State Dream Act by continuing to push for undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses to fully support their inclusion into the U.S. The author highlights that New York is falling behind 12 other states, plus D.C. Sibri goes on to reveal that she is an undocumented immigrant herself and that driver’s licenses are needed to go to … (read more)

Give Undocumented New Yorkers the Right to Drive

March 13, 2019. In this op-ed by Monica Sibri, featured in the New York Daily News, the author discusses her personal and other undocumented youth in the United States experiences of not having access to driver’s licenses. The author argues that undocumented youth have parents who can’t take them to school or doctors appointments, and that they themselves struggle to get jobs because they can’t drive to work. This struggle has increased since the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action … (read more)