New York State

FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative examines the role of immigrants in the New York State economy and beyond.

Federal and State Relief Should Help All: Immigrants Should Not Be Left Behind

During this time of crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, federal and state governments need to ensure that all of us, regardless of immigration status and the job we hold in society, are safe, healthy, and have access to critical services. No one should be left to struggle on their own during a global pandemic. As a society, we want to encourage everyone who is sick to stay home from work and have access to medical care if they need it. Now is the time to protect [...]

2020-12-30T14:05:51-05:00March 29th, 2020|Blog, Must Read, New York State|

We Must Boost New York’s Fighting Chance

New York State is dealing with a pandemic that demands sudden and unusual changes in our everyday lives. The need for societal change including social distancing and restricting public gatherings to protect our health is clear. The question is what will be the economic cost of our necessary public health policy and how will we pay for it? Explore these pressing issues with us in our new brief: At the time of this writing, our state is trying to reach the short-term goal of sufficiently “flattening [...]

2020-12-30T14:06:28-05:00March 17th, 2020|Blog, Must Read, New York State|

Investing in Refugees: New York Must Continue to Lead

The New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program began in 2017 as a remarkable response to the federal government’s retreat from refugee resettlement. New York did what no other state would: provide flexible state funds to support the state’s strong network of resettlement agencies through a difficult time, and help them reframe their focus on integration. New York State allocated $2 million for NYSESRP in fiscal years 2018, 2019, and 2020. Because of continued federal cuts in support for refugee integration, New York for Refugees—the [...]

2020-12-30T14:08:10-05:00February 20th, 2020|Blog, New York State|

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, and the senate negotiate a final [...]

2020-12-30T14:11:20-05:00January 5th, 2020|Blog, Must Read, New York State|

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 would remove an exclusion from [...]

2020-12-30T14:10:53-05:00January 5th, 2020|Blog, New York State|

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.

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 new public charge rule goes [...]

2021-01-06T10:39:18-05:00November 25th, 2019|Blog, Immigration, New York State|

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 most horrific circumstances around the world and [...]

2021-01-06T10:32:58-05:00July 26th, 2019|Blog, Immigration, New York State|

Media Roundup: FPI Cited Statewide on GreenLight

FPI has the data on the issues that matter to New Yorkers. In February 2019, FPI’s report “Driving Together: Benefits of Allowing All New Yorkers to Apply for Licenses” looked at the effects of allowing all state residents, including undocumented immigrants, to apply for a driver’s license. Until 2003, New York State had allowed residents to apply for driver’s licenses without regard to their immigration status and 12 other states—plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico – allowed all residents who passed a driver’s test and [...]

2021-01-06T10:32:35-05:00July 24th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

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: communications@fiscalpolicy.org, 518-786-3156   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 good for New York. Years of research by the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) shows [...]

2021-03-31T15:27:39-04:00July 19th, 2019|Immigration, New York State, Press Releases|

Push for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants intensifies at Capitol

May 5, 2019. This article details the history of this issue and notes that licenses were obtainable in the state prior to a 2001 order stopping the practice prior to Sept. 11 terror attacks. The Fiscal Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, earlier this year estimated that 265,000 undocumented immigrants in New York would obtain driver's licenses if the law is changed. It said 64,000 of those are located north of New York City, including 2,500 from the Buffalo area. It said the state and [...]

2021-01-06T10:28:17-05:00May 6th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Reader’s View: Facts justify ‘Green Light’ driver’s licenses

April 27, 2019. This is an opinion piece written by Terry Diggory, co-coordinator of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition and Julina Guo, staff attorney in the Immigration Law Clinic at The Justice Center at Albany Law School, which lays out the case for allowing all residents to apply for driver's licenses regardless of immigration status. The Fiscal Policy Institute has estimated that Green Light licensing could generate $57 million in combined annual revenue to New York State and county governments, and $26 million in one-time revenue. The [...]

2021-01-06T10:26:27-05:00April 27th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Advocates note benefits of driver’s licenses for undocumented residents

April 23, 2019. This article covers a forum held on April 23 at Hofstra University where immigrant rights advocates discussed the impacts of allowing all residents, regardless of immigration status, to apply for driver's licenses. Known as Green Light New York, the speakers outlined the measure as both a moral imperative and smart economic policy. Jonas Shaende, chief economist for the Institute, said the measure would generate $57 million in annual revenue for the state, while local governments on Long Island would see $2.6 million [...]

2021-01-06T10:26:09-05:00April 24th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Saratoga County opposes licenses for undocumented immigrants

April 18, 2019. This article reports that Saratoga county supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution opposing state legislation that could allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses. "The board has concerns with the proposed state legislation that would weaken identification requirements for individuals applying for a New York State ID card or driver's license," said Board of Supervisors' Chairman Kevin Tollisen, R-Halfmoon. "The board supports current state law that gives the privilege of a driver's license to those who are here legally as defined by [...]

2021-01-06T10:25:33-05:00April 18th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Viewpoint: License bill is good for immigrants and for N.Y.

April 17, 2019. This Letter to the Editor points out the benefits of allowing all residents to apply for a driver's license and clarifies why this needed: "A driver's license does not confer immigration status or any other benefit on the immigrant. It simply allows the immigrant to operate a vehicle, increasing revenue for the state and improving safety for all on the road. To withhold driving privileges from immigrants is to essentially deprive them of the ability to obtain food, employment, medical assistance, and [...]

2021-01-06T10:25:17-05:00April 17th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|
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