New York State

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

Immigrants Push for License to Drive

April 11, 2019. This article personalizes the issues facing immigrants without documentation by detailing the problems facing a farm worker in Upstate New York where public transportation and walk-ability makes car transportation a necessity. "Necessity forces us to take a risk," Jiménez said in Spanish as he drove home recently. "We have to work, we have to buy food. Sometimes we get sick and workers like me can't drive to a hospital, can't buy medicine. But I feel I need to take the risk so [...]

2021-01-06T10:23:55-05:00April 11th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Undocumented Immigrants Push States for Driver’s Licenses: ‘We Have to Work’

April 8, 2019. This article highlights the need for licenses and that "immigrants and their advocates have already gotten access to such licenses in a dozen states including California, Colorado and Illinois, some of them accepting state tax returns as identification. They are now targeting roughly a half-dozen states where they see a friendlier political landscape this year. That includes Wisconsin and New Jersey, where Democratic governors succeeded Republicans, and New York, where Democrats now are in total control of the Legislature." The article points [...]

2021-01-06T10:22:08-05:00April 8th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Rep. Espaillat endorses New York State measure for driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status

April 8, 2019. This article reports that Rep. Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican-American member of Congress and himself a former undocumented immigrant, wrote Gov. Cuomo, state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie a letter expressing his support to allow the state to issue driver’s licenses to people regardless of their immigration status — including those who are undocumented.. “According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, the influx of one-time driver’s license and vehicle registration fees could bring the state as much as $24 [...]

2021-01-06T10:21:56-05:00April 8th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Immigration: Can Undocumented Immigrants Get Federal Public Benefits?

April 4, 2019. This article discusses the Trump administration's claims that illegal immigration costs the United States $200 billion a year, which experts challenge. The author goes on to note that undocumented immigrants are not eligible to receive public benefits with the exception of medical treatment for emergencies, emergency disaster relief, immunizations and pregnant women are eligible for Women, Infants & Children (WIC). Trump tweeted in December that the estimated 11,300,000 undocumented immigrants who live in the United States present a staggering bill to U.S. [...]

2021-01-06T10:20:04-05:00April 4th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Letter: Licenses For Undocumented Residents Would Help

April 3, 2019. In this op-ed the author discusses their support for expanding access to driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. The author argues that allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses would make roads safer, strengthen trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities, and help immigrants integrate. Mickey Belosi, the author, also argues that in places like rural New York, a driver's licenses is a necessity and that the 2005 REAL ID Act allows states the opportunity to develop a multi-tier driver’s license system that has [...]

2021-01-06T10:19:25-05:00April 3rd, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Early Arrival: NYS Budget’s Census Funding Disappoints Advocates

April 1, 2019. This article discusses the disappointment of advocates across New York State with the allocated $20 million funding for the 2020 census included the governor's state budget, which was released Sunday March 31, 2019. The author goes on to highlight that advocates were asking the state to provide $40 million for community based organizations to do outreach and help with 2020 census work, an estimate calculated by the Fiscal Policy Institute. The author goes on to note that New York has a lot to [...]

2021-01-06T10:14:34-05:00April 1st, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

New York Will Dedicate $40 Million to 2020 Census Outreach in State Budget

March 28, 2019. This article covers the reports that $40 million will be included in the budget for community based organizations to help ensure an accurate count in the 2020 census. The author notes that both the Assembly and Senate included the funds in their one-house budgets. The article goes on to highlight that advocates will still urge the governor to include the funds in the finalized budget. State lawmakers will provide $40 million in state money to ensure New Yorkers are ready for next [...]

2021-01-06T10:04:37-05:00March 28th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Cayuga County Legislature Debates, Opposes Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

March 27, 2019. This article discusses the Cayuga County Clerk Sue Dwyer's opposition to a proposed bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. According to the article, the county clerk claims that her staff doesn't have the capacity or training to verify foreign documents and that she is concerned about voter registration documents being given to undocumented immigrants. Rebecca Fuentes, from the Workers' Center of CNY, said that because undocumented workers can't drive, they have to pay $20 to $30 for underground taxis for grocery [...]

2021-01-06T10:04:26-05:00March 27th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

NY Again Weighs Driver’s Licenses for Those in the Country Illegally

March 23, 2019. This article, the author provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions asked about providing undocumented immigrants with access to driver's licenses. The questions the author provided answers to include the following: does current law prohibit those in the country illegally from obtaining driver’s licenses in New York, is legislation to legalize driver’s licenses for these immigrants expected to pass, how many immigrants are we talking about, Who opposes the measure, and how would an applicant prove identity? New York is again considering legalizing driver’s licenses [...]

2021-01-06T10:04:15-05:00March 26th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

Damned if They Drive, Damned if They Don’t

March 26, 2019. This article discusses the campaign efforts by advocates that formed the coalition called Green Light NY to urge lawmakers to allow undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses. The author highlights that driver's licenses is also a farm worker issue because many farm workers are undocumented and although they may live on the farm, they can't easily leave it for daily activities and to even get to the hospital for emergencies. The author goes on to discuss how many undocumented immigrants drive because [...]

2021-01-06T10:03:31-05:00March 26th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

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. The proposal would increase annual funding to $4.5 million [...]

2021-01-06T10:03:16-05:00March 20th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

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. The congress members noted that allocating the [...]

2021-01-06T10:03:05-05:00March 19th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

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 a large support for driver's licenses [...]

2021-01-06T10:02:53-05:00March 19th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

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 and FPI to support expanding access to driver's [...]

2021-01-06T10:02:40-05:00March 18th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|

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 rural workers are more vulnerable to exploitation. The author [...]

2021-01-06T10:02:28-05:00March 18th, 2019|FPI in the News, New York State|
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