Regardless of status, immigrants are New Yorkers, and are our neighbors, friends, and coworkers. We must keep the pressure up at the Federal level to stop deportations, increase the grants of status, and overhaul our immigration system. But here at the State level we can and must do as much as possible to make New York a better place for immigrants.
What We’ve Accomplished
We finally passed the Jose Peralta DREAM Act, which will make it possible for many young immigrants to go to college. We passed Green Light NY, which will allow immigrants without status to obtain driver’s licenses and travel to work without fear of arrest. This year, we funded over $2 billion for excluded workers – those without status who could not qualify for Federal COVID relief funds.
Where We Need To Go
We must pass legislation to provide for support and services for unaccompanied minors with no lawful immigration status who need mental health and trauma services. We must pass legislation that will protect delivery drivers and cyclists, who are predominantly immigrants in New York City, and whose lives are all too precarious on every shift.