New York, NY-Thursday evening, House Democrats successfully passed HR 6. The legislation will now go to the U.S. Senate. The legislation allows many individuals brought to the country as children and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries to earn lawful permanent residence and eventual citizenship.
With Key House Vote on the Dream and Promise Act, NY’s DREAMERS, TPS & DED Recipients One Step Closer to a Pathway to Citizenship
NY Immigrant Rights Advocates Denounce Brutal, White Supremacist Murder of Asian Americans in Georgia
New York, NY-On Tuesday evening, a violent shooting spree at three Atlanta-based salons and spas left eight people dead. Six of the victims were Asian-American women. Hours later, authorities announced the arrest of the alleged perpetrator. The massacre comes in the wake of a nation-wide rise in attacks on the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community.
After Holding NY Together for More than a Year, Immigrant NYers Win Deep Investments in Albany’s One House Budgets
Albany, NY-Following the introduction of the New York State Assembly and Senate’s one-house budget resolutions, immigrant New Yorkers and advocates celebrated several critical wins for FY 2022—including $2.1 billion for a fund for excluded workers, $20 million for a crucial expansion of health coverage, a $7.8 million reinvestment in adult literacy education, and a $26.4 million reinvestment in the Liberty Defense Project and the Office for New Americans.
Immigrant Rights Advocates Successfully Win Inclusion of Immigrant Families in Latest COVID-19 Relief Package
New York, NY-Today, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, which is the latest COVID-19 federal relief bill. Like the relief package last December, this bill provides economic relief to roughly 3.5 million U.S. citizens and green card holders married to noncitizens who file taxes using an ITIN number, including 314,000 New Yorkers but still leaves out countless other tax-paying immigrant families.
Biden’s Refusal to Defend Public Charge “Wealth Test” Allows Immigrant NYers to Access Life-Saving Benefits Without Fear
New York, NY-On Tuesday, the Biden administration notified the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) that it will no longer defend a Trump-era policy that dramatically and illegally expanded the racist “public charge” rule. Yesterday’s decision, and subsequent court decisions dismissing other cases across the country, mean that Trump’s viciously anti-immigrant policy is no longer in effect.
Battle for NY’s DREAMERS, TPS & DED Recipients Gets Key Boost as NY House Reps Reintroduce Dream and Promise Act
New York, NY-On Wednesday, New York Representatives Nydia Velázquez and Yvette D. Clarke joined Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) in reintroducing the Dream and Promise Act. The legislation allows many individuals brought to the country as children and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries to earn lawful permanent residence and eventual citizenship.
Albany, NY-Today, the New York State Senate passed the NY HERO Act, which ensures the protection of millions of front-line workers, regardless of immigration status, by providing protocols on testing, face masks, PPE, social distancing, hand hygiene, disinfection, and engineering controls during this pandemic and into the future.
With Carranza’s Resignation, Immigrant Advocates Call on Porter to Meet Needs of Underserved Students
New York, NY-On Friday, New York City officials announced that Richard A. Carranza will resign as chancellor of the city’s public school system in mid-March. Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Chancellor Carranza in 2018. Meisha Ross Porter, a Bronx superintendent, will become the new chancellor on March 15. Porter will be the first Black woman to hold the role in the city’s history.
New York, NY-Yesterday, President Joe Biden revoked his predecessor’s extremist immigrant visa ban. Last spring, the Trump administration halted the issuance of green cards until the end of 2020 citing the need to “protect” the coronavirus-wracked job market.
New York, NY—Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test. The move came after USCIS determined that the 2020 civics test development process, content, testing procedures, and implementation schedule inadvertently created potential barriers to the naturalization process.