Immigration

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 a tweet that the United States [...]

2021-01-08T09:42:08-05:00November 14th, 2017|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

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 many of the proposed policies [...]

2021-01-08T09:41:53-05:00November 13th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

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 than ever to recognize the [...]

2021-01-08T09:40:30-05:00November 2nd, 2017|Blog, New York State|

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 highlights the success story of [...]

2021-01-08T09:40:14-05:00November 1st, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Ever Heard of Burmese Sushi Counters? You’ve Probably Been to One

October 29, 2017. This article, 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 highlights the success story of Philip Maung, who even [...]

2021-01-08T09:34:50-05:00October 30th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Cap Concerns

October 11, 2017. In an article discussing the Trump administration's decision to cut the number of refugee admissions in half, David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI's Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research was quoted. Although the cap is not expected to greatly effect New York City, it is expected to effect the economies of upstate cities across New York State where refugees fill jobs, buy homes, start businesses and help reverse population decline. Though the refugee cap is not expected to have a strong effect on New [...]

2021-01-08T09:30:05-05:00October 11th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Lower Refugee Quota Called a Blow to NY

October 4, 2017. This article discusses the Trump administration's decision to cap the number of refugee arrivals to 45,000, the lowest cap since the resettlement process began. Alternatively, the administration believes that it will be more cost effective to provide services to them in their home country. The article goes on to discuss how refugees have helped with population decline in upstate New York cities and how they are important to the local economies. President Trump announced last week that the United States will admit only [...]

2021-01-08T09:18:20-05:00October 4th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Potential Trump Refugee Cutback Could Affect Buffalo

September 28, 2017. In this article the author discusses President Trump's expected plan to cut the refugee cap to 45,000, the lowest cap since September 11, 2011. The author argues that the population and economy of Buffalo will be greatly impacted. The author notes how refugees have helped reverse population decline in Buffalo, as well as helped the economy grow through business ownership, job creation and a boost in real estate prices. The author also notes that refugee resettlement agencies will be negatively impacted and [...]

2021-01-08T09:28:19-05:00September 28th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

NY Outraged Over Startup That Wants to Replace Bodegas

September 13, 2017. This article discusses the outrage of New Yorkers over a new business that would put vending machines in apartment buildings stocked with convenience store items. New Yorkers feel that using the Hispanic term "Bodega" as the name for the business is problematic. Fast Company via Twitter screenshot "Why are you using the Hispanic name - why are you doing that?" he said. Now a new startup aims to make buying convenience store items a little more convenient for some, while effectively eroding neighborhood [...]

2021-01-08T09:27:26-05:00September 14th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

David Dyssegaard Kallick Participates in Newsmakers Panel on Stakes for New Yorkers in the 2017 City Elections

September 13, 2017. On September 8, there was a panel that discussed the 2017 mayoral and City Council election that was organized by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. FPI's David Dyssegaard Kallick, Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, joined the host Errol Louis, Professor Christina Greer from Fordham University, Christian González-Rivera from the Center for an Urban Future, and Stephen Witt from Kings County Politics to discuss health and immigration and other topics related to the election. [...]

2017-09-13T09:46:58-04:00September 13th, 2017|Immigration, New York State|

Millionaire’s Mass Transit Tax Plan: Is It Fair?

September 1, 2017. In this op-ed, Frederick Floss discusses Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to raise the New York City's income tax for individuals with an income over $500,000 and family incomes over $100,000 by 1.03%. Floss discusses the question of fairness that arises for those with higher incomes. He argues that there is an assumption that individuals in the higher income brackets do not benefit from the mass transit system. He argues that they do benefit because it will reduce congestion and help the workers get [...]

2021-01-08T09:23:07-05:00September 1st, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Are Immigrants Driving the Motor City?

August 13, 2017. This article discusses how immigrants are revitalizing the city of Detroit by taking advantage of the friendly immigrant environment and cheaper housing and commercial spaces. Even though native-born residents have fled, immigrants continued to reside here and open businesses that hire local residents and makie the neighborhoods safer. The article discusses how immigrants are Detroit's biggest hope to reverse population decline. The article also discusses the arguments that immigrant populations may be having a negative affect on native-born residents. Through the 2008 [...]

2021-01-08T09:21:36-05:00August 18th, 2017|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

Refugees Help Keep ‘Business Alive’ In Troubled US Cities

August 11, 2017. This article discusses the West Side Bazaar, a market in Buffalo that helps immigrants and refugees create their own businesses selling their products. The manager of this market claims that it creates a demand for services and products that didn't previously exist and that it offers immigrants and refugees a chance to become independent again. The article goes on to argue that this market could be an example to influence lawmakers and officials to allow local governments to determine their own immigration policies. [...]

2021-01-08T09:20:08-05:00August 11th, 2017|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

Refugee Entrepreneurs ‘Keep Business Alive’ in Upstate New York

August 4, 2017. This article discusses the West Side Bazaar, a market in Buffalo, where many refugees start their businesses, such as retail, food retail and commissary kitchen booths. According to the article this market has helped create demand for products that were previously unavailable and creates employment in refugee communities. FPI's David Kallick is cited discussing the economic impacts of refugees in Buffalo, such as helping with the reversal of population decline. Many refugees resettled in New York live in the upstate city of Buffalo. As the [...]

2021-01-08T09:19:55-05:00August 4th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

The Workers That Feed Our Families: Fighting for the Right to Organize

August 2, 2017. The Workers That Feed Our Families: Fighting for the Right to Organize Crispin Hernandez is a farmworker who felt he and others he worked with were not getting a fair wage or decent working conditions. The solution, he thought, was to organize with other workers to be able to negotiate with their employers. When he started organizing, however, he was fired. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), who is representing Crispin Hernandez, filed a lawsuit against Governor Cuomo and New York [...]

2021-01-08T09:19:12-05:00August 2nd, 2017|Blog, Immigration, New York State|
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