Driving While Undocumented, and Facing the Risks

July 18, 2017. This article discusses the risk of deportation that undocumented immigrants face when driving a vehicle because they can't obtain driver's licenses in New York. The risk is now even higher under the Trump administration due to aggressive immigration enforcement. This article discusses how routine traffic stops have increased and led to the deportation of undocumented immigrants, even in emergencies, such as getting medicine for a sick daughter.  The article goes on to discuss how some do not support allowing undocumented immigrants access to driver's [...]

2021-01-08T09:15:02-05:00July 18th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

After 40 Years ‘We Are Nuts About Nuts’ Will Close This Month

July 13, 2017. This article discusses the closing of the local small business, "We Are Nuts About Nuts," in New York City. This nut shop, owned by a Korean immigrant named Yeo, who purchased it 21 years ago, is closing due to the creation of upscale and expensive residential buildings that are replacing the office buildings surrounding the shop. This article also discusses how upscale residents do not equate to more business for shop owners, that rents increase and the ability to purchase items online [...]

2021-01-08T09:14:44-05:00July 13th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Protecting Young Immigrants Boosts NY Economy

July 7, 2017. This article discusses how the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program but has continued Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). FPI's, Cyierra Roldan, policy analyst, was quoted discussing the local and state tax contributions that DACA recipients make.  This article discusses how the DACA program is beneficial to all. "DACA recipients currently pay a total of $1.6 billion to local and state taxes around the country; and currently in New York State, they are contributing $140 million," [...]

2021-01-08T09:13:58-05:00July 7th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Continuation of Protection for Some Immigrants is Good News for NY Economy

Young Immigrants Pay $55 Million More in NY Taxes as a Result of DACA July 5, 2017. In the midst of a flurry of restrictive actions against various categories of immigrants, the Trump administration announced last month that it would continue, at least for now, the policy that protects some undocumented immigrants from deportation if they arrived in the United States as children. The policy, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, allows immigrant youth who register and are accepted to get permission [...]

2021-01-08T09:13:29-05:00July 5th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

OUR VIEW: Celebrate World Refugee Day Saturday at City Hall

June 16, 2017. An editorial featured in the Observer-Dispatch cited FPI's and the Center for American Progress's co-released report, "Refugee Integration in the United States." The op-ed is not only an invitation to celebrate World Refugee Day with those in Utica, but it also discusses how Utica is a city that refugees have helped rebuild by contributing to the local economy and tax rolls and reversing population decline. There is little question that refugees are making significant contributions to our communities across the nation - [...]

2021-01-08T09:05:38-05:00June 16th, 2017|Blog, New York State|

Language Diversity and English-Speaking Ability in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse

June 12, 2017. Many institutions in upstate New York cities and metro areas are wrestling with translation services, language access, and other ways to help integrate local residents who didn’t grow up speaking English. And, while the immigrant share of the population is not as big as in cities like New York or Los Angeles, the diversity of languages spoken can make for its own challenges. An analysis of the 2015 American Community Survey 5-year data for Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse cities and metro areas [...]

2017-12-31T18:32:55-05:00June 14th, 2017|Blog, Immigration, New York State|

Essay: NY Should Pass Driver’s License Bill For Undocumented Immigrants

June 9, 2017. In this op-ed Jennifer Hirsch argues that issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants can help with economic development and provide additional revenue to help with economic struggles, such as flooding and urban blight. Hirsch goes on to argue how immigrants are not able to contribute to the local economy if they do not have transportation to local shops. You might not think of access to driver’s licenses for our state’s estimated 775,000 undocumented immigrants as economic development. But an analysis by New [...]

2021-01-08T09:49:58-05:00June 9th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Groups Seek Action in Albany to Counteract Trump Policies

June 5, 2017. FPI, along with other organizations, are urging the New York legislature to make changes that will counteract some of the harm from Trump's policies. These include expansion of the Millionaires' Tax, the right to clean water and air, expansion of voting rights and help for the homeless, as well as protection for immigrants and prevention of bid-rigging and bribery. Ron Deutsch, who is with the union-backed think tank Fiscal Policy Institute, said Cuomo and lawmakers should act to address an economic development [...]

2021-01-08T09:02:16-05:00June 5th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Another Voice: Driver’s License Should Be Available to All Immigrants

May 18, 2017. Jennifer R. Guzmán argues that undocumented immigrants, who we rely on for our dairy, fruits and vegetables, are struggling to fulfill their basic needs because they are prevented from obtaining a driver's licenses and are overcharged for rides to work, the grocery store and other places. She goes on to discuss the benefits to all if the New York State Assembly Bill A4050 is passed. She cites FPI's and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer's reports in order to make this case. This [...]

2021-01-07T13:41:40-05:00May 18th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Undocumented Immigrants in US Make Big Contribution in Taxes

May 4, 2017. This article discusses how immigrant youth, protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), are often perceived as not paying taxes, when they do. In order to make this argument, they cite FPI and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy's co-released report on DACA recipients tax contributions. FPI's David Dyssegaard Kallick also argues that their tax contributions are often overlooked. The article also argues that DACA recipients hope that their tax contributions will help them when they apply for permanent [...]

2021-01-07T13:43:06-05:00May 4th, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Editorial: New Deportation Policy Has Human, Fiscal Cost

May 2, 2017. An editorial discusses the deportation case of Martin Martinez, an undocumented immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years, has a working permit, but also has two drunken driving convictions from over a decade ago. The author discusses sanctuary cities and argues how they try to distinguish between serious and minor crimes, and that new deportation policies make it difficult to fight crime. In the article, the author also argues that there are human and fiscal costs, and cites FPI's [...]

2021-01-07T13:43:23-05:00May 2nd, 2017|Blog, Other States & National|

We Are Moving Toward a Cashless World

May 1, 2017. FPI's David Dyssegaard Kallick is featured on Fox 5 News discussing the possibility of a "cashless future." He argues how it is good, it is easier, and how it can help eliminate black market activity and corruption. The owner of Harlem Pizza Company said the majority of his clients, in fact about 90 percent of them, use credit or debit cards to pay. He said he actually prefers it that way. "The cash is a burden I think on the merchant because [...]

2021-01-07T13:43:37-05:00May 1st, 2017|FPI in the News, New York State|

Legal Status for Dreamers Boosts NY Tax Revenue

April 26, 2017. In an article discussing the findings of a 50-state report by The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and co-released in New York with FPI, David Dyssegaard Kallick, Director of FPI's Immigration Research Initiative, was quoted. The Trump administration is sending mixed messages about whether those granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status by the Obama administration will be deported or allowed to stay and work legally. David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, said he believes one consideration should be [...]

2021-01-07T12:45:22-05:00April 26th, 2017|Blog, New York State|

Immigrant Youth Add $140 Million to NY State Tax Revenues

April 25, 2017. What will happen to immigrant youth who as children were brought to the United States without legal status and were temporarily shielded from deportation by a 2012 executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA? The Trump Administration is projecting very mixed messages about the present and future of these young people. To help shed some light on how DACA has allowed these young immigrants to contribute to our country and our state, a new report shows the state [...]

2021-01-07T12:45:42-05:00April 25th, 2017|New York State|

Viewpoints: Like Google, Apple and Uber? Thank an Immigrant

April 14, 2017. In an article highlighting the significant contributions that immigrants make to the economy through business ownership, the author discusses their role in the creation of fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses. This article cites a co-released report by the Americas Society/Council on the Americas and the Fiscal Policy Institute, Bringing Vitality to Main Street. Just consider: Of the Fortune 500 companies, 90 were founded by immigrants, a 2011 report showed. And it’s not just the billion-dollar blockbuster companies that are [...]

2021-01-07T12:51:33-05:00April 14th, 2017|Blog, Other States & National|
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