New York, NY—Following the release of Mayor Eric Adams’ first executive budget, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) immediately faulted City Hall for failing to fully invest in the city’s essential immigrant population. In particular, NYIC pointed to the lack of investments in the health of immigrant New Yorkers. Nonetheless, the NYIC did celebrate the inclusion of investments in immigrant legal services and language access.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“Undoubtedly, Mayor Adams listened to the New York City Council and provided a budget that better matched their vision of a city welcoming to all immigrants. Still, the Mayor’s executive budget leaves out key investments. Most concerning is City Hall’s refusal to invest in the healthcare of immigrant New Yorkers. That this failure of leadership occurred amid an ongoing global pandemic is nothing short of breathtaking. Our Mayor must work with the NYC Council to deliver a budget that centers on justice, equity, and access for all New Yorkers. Luckily, City Hall still has time to deliver a fairer, more vital city.”