Trump’s War on Refugees Harms the Economy

May 29, 2018. In an op-ed by Albor Ruiz, he discusses what he calls the "war on immigrants" that the Trump administration has started and expanded to include refugees and asylees as targets. The author discusses how the Trump administration's immigration policy and rhetoric are racist and can have negative economic effects. He goes on to argue that refugees are people fleeing dangerous circumstances in their home country and Trump's rhetoric is wrongly characterizing them. The FPI report, “Refugees as Employees,” released this week, makes [...]

2021-01-06T11:40:30-05:00May 29th, 2018|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

Report: Refugees Stay at Firms Longer, Improve Company Culture

May 29, 2018. This article discusses FPI's new report, "Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment," that examined the experience of employers who hire refugees through qualitative interviews with employers in Upstate New York, rural Nebraska, Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia, as well as quantitative data. The article discusses the report's findings with included higher retention rates among refugee workers, an improved work culture for all employees, and an expanded labor force. The article goes on to discuss the higher retention rates of refugee employees [...]

2021-01-06T11:40:09-05:00May 29th, 2018|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

Refugees as Employees: Good Retention, Strong Recruitment

May 22, 2018. Employers that hire refugees see positive outcomes for their businesses, according to a report released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Tent Partnership for Refugees. The study, based on over 100 interviews in four regions of the country, finds that when employers hire refugees they see lower turnover rates among refugees, and widen their pool of potential employees. In addition, many see overall improvements in the company, with their managers becoming more versatile as they adjust to working with a [...]

Erie County Clerk Says He Won’t Issue Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

May 17, 2018. This article discusses Erie County's Clerk Mickey Kearns' statement that he is in opposition to the Driver License Access and Privacy Act which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. The article goes on to quote others who are in support of the act and would like to see it passed. Those that support it say that it will increase public safety, improve community members' lives, and generate county revenue. According to labor-backed think tank Fiscal Policy Institute, an estimated 265,000 immigrants would get licenses [...]

2021-01-06T11:39:25-05:00May 18th, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

Kearns Says Auto Bureaus Won’t Process Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

May 18, 2018. In this article by Mark Sommer and Maki Becker, the authors discuss Erie County's Clerk, Mickey Kearns', position on granting undocumented immigrants driver's licenses. The article quotes Kearns stating that if the law is passed, he would consider it a violation of federal law and that he will not have licenses processed. The article goes on to quote others who are in opposition to Kearns' view and see a driver's licenses as a necessity to living life.  "If the Legislature or the governor through [...]

2021-01-06T11:39:07-05:00May 18th, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

Rally in Albany to Let People of All Immigration Status Get Driver’s Licenses

May 15, 2018. An article in Spectrum News discussed the rally at the New York State Capital for driver's licenses for all individuals regardless of immigration status. The group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and many others from cities and towns all over New York gathered hoping that officials would hear their requests. The article goes on to discuss how undocumented immigrants fear deportation and separation from family members when they drive, but have to drive as a necessity to provide for their family and commute to work. [...]

2021-01-06T11:38:50-05:00May 15th, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

Driver’s Licenses for All Would Better Many Lives, Including Mine

April 30, 2018. In this op-ed by Jorge Cotraro, an undocumented immigrant living on Long Island, discusses his constant fear of driving to do daily activities, such as driving to work. He is in fear of being pulled over for a traffic violation that turns into a deportation case, which would tear him apart from his wife and kids. He cites FPI's 2017 report, Expanding Access to Driver's Licenses. He argues that passing a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses would change many [...]

2021-01-06T11:29:48-05:00April 30th, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

Will NY Let Undocumented Immigrants Get Driver’s Licenses?

April 19, 2018. For over a decade, advocacy groups and supporters of a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses in New York have persistently been showing their support. The "Driver License Access and Privacy Act" would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license using their passport and signing an affidavit stating they have not received a social security number. Advocates cite FPI's report, Expanding Access to Driver's Licenses, and argue that it will help families get their children to school and medical appointments [...]

2021-01-06T11:27:45-05:00April 19th, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

Driver’s Licenses for Noncitizens

April 19, 2017. Anu Joshi, of the New York Immigration Coalition, discusses the positive impacts of allowing undocumented immigrants to  obtain driver's licenses in New York in an interview with Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight. She repeatedly cites FPI's report, "Expanding Access to Driver's Licenses," and its finding that include $57 M in state and local tax revenue and safer roads. We have the research to back it up, you know, the Fiscal policy institute talks about how this would bring every year, $57 million to the state of New [...]

2021-01-06T11:27:26-05:00April 19th, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

Undocumented Immigrants Could Get Driving License in New York

April 19, 2018. On April 18, 2018, advocacy groups protested for the Driver License Access and Privacy Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses in New York and would also protect their information to prevent putting them at risk for deportation. A bill for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants has been proposed for many years and supporters say that now is the time for it to pass. This article cited FPI's report, Expanding Access to Driver's Licenses. One of the hurdles faced [...]

2021-01-06T11:27:08-05:00April 19th, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

America’s Immigrants Are a Source of Strength, Dignity and Pride

February 26, 2018. In this article the author, Clarence Hightower, argues that immigrants are who made America what it is today. He discusses the present contributions of immigrants to the U.S. by citing research, including FPI’s, which shows that immigrants are highly educated, very likely to be business owners, are homeowners, and their children are less likely to be involved in the criminal justice system. He goes on to draw attention to the demonizing actions and rhetoric from the federal administration surrounding the decisions to [...]

2021-01-06T11:15:07-05:00February 26th, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

My View: Let Lady Liberty’s words be our policy

February 23, 2018. In this op-ed the author, Sandy Mcpherson Carrubba Geary, discusses her view on immigration, which is that America should live up to its poem that is engraved on the Statue of Liberty and to continue to allow refugees and immigrants migrate to the United States. She goes on to discuss how her family sponsored a Vietnamese family who spent time in a refugee camp and that they became very successful in the U.S. Geary explains that their family moved to Texas and [...]

2021-01-06T11:14:52-05:00February 23rd, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|

This Town’s Comeback May Be Squelched by Anti-Immigrant Policies

February 14, 2018. This article by the Blue Mountain Center featured on their website, discusses how the Trump administration's immigration policies may actually hurt upstate cities like Utica, who has seen positive growth and prosperity since resettling refugees. It discusses how refugees have helped reverse population decline in Utica, they have opened businesses, helped spur urban revitalization, have added to the workforce, purchased homes and have become active members of the community. The article goes on to talk about the great life enhancing and integration [...]

2021-01-06T11:12:05-05:00February 14th, 2018|FPI in the News, Other States & National|

Continuing New York’s Legacy of Providing Health Care Coverage to Immigrants

February 9, 2018. New York State has a long and proud history of trailblazing innovative policies that expand access to healthcare coverage to all its residents. From developing and establishing the nation's first comprehensive health insurance program for children to the launch of the New York State of Health Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, New York has often been a national leader in expanding access to quality affordable health coverage. In the midst of federal attacks against immigrants, Governor Cuomo recently announced that recipients [...]

2021-01-06T11:10:05-05:00February 9th, 2018|Blog, Immigration, New York State|

Editorial: Buffalo Relies on Immigration

February 8, 2018. An editorial in The Buffalo News discusses the impact of the federal administration's cut to legal immigration and "chain migration" in Buffalo. Although the Trump Administration has created a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, he is hurting upstate cities like Buffalo by cutting legal migration. Buffalo was already hurt by the cut in refugee resettlement. Immigrants will only be able to bring their children and spouses to the U.S., not other family members. The editorial goes on to discuss how immigrants and refugees [...]

2021-01-06T11:07:39-05:00February 5th, 2018|FPI in the News, New York State|
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