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PolitiFact: Cost estimates of ending worker program vary widely

November 25, 2017. This Politifact article is assessing the claim by U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro. He tweeted that the United States would lose $164 billion in GDP over a decade if they terminated Temporary Protective Status (TPS). TPS is a status for immigrants from countries experiencing armed conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and other temporary conditions preventing the safe return of their citizens. This status provides immigrants with TPS work authorization and protection from deportation, but does not include a pathway … (read more)

Pros, Cons of Voting for a Constitutional Convention

November 2, 2017. On Election Day, New York’s voters will have their first opportunity in 20 years to call for a state constitutional convention via ballot proposition. Nearly 100 Capital District voters packed the auditorium at the Guilderland Public Library last Tuesday night for a panel discussion titled “Would New York State Benefit from a Constitutional Convention?” The event, co-presented by the League of Women Voters of Albany County and the Women’s Press Club of New York State, was … (read more)

David Dyssegaard Kallick Participates in the “On Immigration” Panel Discussion

November 20, 2017. On November 1, 2017, FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of the Immigration Research Initiative, David Dyssegaard Kallick, joined other experts in a panel discussion, “The Business of Immigration,” hosted by City & State New York. He joined the moderator Stuart Schulman, Professor of Management at Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, Lorelei Salas, Commissioner for the Department of Consumer Affairs, Hollis V. Pfitsch, Deputy Commissioner at the Law Enforcement Bureau, and Dara Adams, Industry Program Director at … (read more)

Activists, Immigration Officials Push for DACA Legislation

November 16, 2017. This article discusses the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the Trump administration, which effects over 40,000 young individuals. The administration announced that October 5, 2017 would be the cutoff deadline for renewal applications and that new applications would no longer be accepted. Under DACA, young individuals had work authorization and protection from deportation. On November 1, there was a forum discussion hosted by City & State New York at the Museum of Jewish … (read more)

Teachers Union, Progressive Groups Fight GOP Tax Plan

November 16, 2017. Progressive advocates and lawmakers are ramping up efforts to block a Republican tax bill that would end SALT deductions and give cuts to wealthy Americans. A new ad released this week by the group Not One Penny is putting the pressure on GOP members of Congress who have yet to take a firm stand on the bill. The state teacher’s union has signed on to this campaign and with us in studio to talk more about … (read more)

Rep. Joaquin Castro Claims TPS End Will Lead To $164B GDP Loss Over A Decade

November 14, 2017. On November 6, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that they were not extending the Temporary Protective Status of individuals from Nicaragua, and that the status for Honduras is currently under consideration. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a status given to individuals from countries experiencing armed conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and other temporary conditions that prevents the safe return of their citizens. This status provides work authorization and protection from deportation to individuals. Rep Joaquin Castro claimed in … (read more)

Commentary: State Should Do More For Immigrants

November 13, 2017. In this op-ed by Karthick Ramakrishnan, he argues that New York is behind California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Washington, in regards to immigration policies that protect immigrants and help economic growth. He goes on to argue that Governor Cuomo, who is seeking his third term, has a weak immigration record and if he plans to run in the 2020 presidential election, he needs to change that in order to win votes. Ramakrishnan argues that Governor Cuomo could enact … (read more)

HOUSE TAX PLAN: BENEFIT FOR RICHEST 1% in NYS GROWS OVER TIME

HOUSE TAX PLAN: BENEFIT FOR RICHEST 1% in NYS GROWS OVER TIME

 By 2027 Wealthiest 1% Get Average Tax Cut of $34,000 and Poorest 20% Get $90

 

A 50-state analysis of the House tax plan released last week reveals that in New York State the wealthiest 1 percent of New Yorkers will receive the greatest share of the total tax cut in year one and their share would grow through 2027. Further, the value of the tax cut would decline … (read more)

New Data from FPI: Refugee Placement by Metro Area and Locality

November 6, 2017.

Until recently, refugee resettlement was something the United States took on quietly and with a justified sense of pride. Even as immigration policy became a controversial issue, refugee resettlement was generally kept out of the fray.

More recently, refugee resettlement has become a focus of uneasy attention. With the refugee ban that was implemented by the Trump administration in the beginning of his term and the decision to cut resettlement numbers in half, it is more important … (read more)

Sushi (Japanese) + immigrants (Burmese) = dream (American)

November 1, 2017. This article, which was also featured on the front page of The New York Times, tells the story of Gam Aung, a refugee from Burma that started his own sushi counters. Although he has not finished high school and not yet mastered the English language, he lives what he calls the “American Dream.” Many may not know that their sushi is in fact made by people from Burma, and assume the makers are Japanese. This article also … (read more)