Issues: Immigration

Roosevelt Avenue Is 'Epicenter' of NYC Sex Trafficking, Officials Say

As reported by DNA Info:

QUEENS — Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights is “a mecca of human trafficking” where women from countries including Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela are being sexually exploited, elected officials said Thursday.

And Queens is the center of the city's trafficking problem, with nearly 60 percent of the city's victims who come forward looking for help.

Roosevelt Avenue has a number of brothels, state Sen. Jose Peralta, who represents Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, said at a press conference where he discussed an initiative to provide foreign-born victims of sex trafficking with free legal representation on immigration issues.

“Roosevelt Avenue is a mecca of human trafficking in Queens and throughout the five boroughs,” Peralta said.

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July 22, 2014
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Ayuda Para Víctimas de Tráfico Humano

Según ha informado Univision 41:

La organización Sanctuary for Families busca ayudar a víctimas de tráfico humano en Nueva York. Hablamos con una de las víctimas.

Para el vídeo completo, haga clic aquí.

July 22, 2014
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Opinions on Immigration Issues

As reported by NY1:

Kathy Hochul is not backing down from her position that immigrants who are here illegally should be prevented from obtaining driver's licenses. She opposed the plan in 2007, citing national security concerns, and reiterated the point in an interview on Inside City Hall Thursday.

"I'm not sure what's changed in that dynamic," Hochul said.

That's a tall order for some Latino officials, who were told Hochul's views would evolve much like they have on gun control. Once a strong Second Amendment supporter, Hochul now says she favors tougher gun laws.

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July 22, 2014
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JOIN THE FIGHT against the Illegal Immigrant Citizenship Act

Allowing illegal aliens to vote, hold public office and serve on juries in the United States are not just bad ideas -- they are outrageous ideas. And giving illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses, professional licenses, and an endless array of taxpayer-funded giveaways would not only be wrong -- it would be a complete slap in the face to law-abiding, taxpaying New Yorkers.

Please take a moment to join the fight against the “Illegal Immigrant Citizenship Act” by signing the new on-line petition below.

July 21, 2014
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblywoman Rozic Celebrate New Americans

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) congratulated 18 newly naturalized U.S. citizens who recently passed the naturalization test with the help of citizenship classes at the Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Innovative Senior Center.

July 21, 2014
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Bill to offer state citizenship for undocumented immigrants

NY Daily News - By Erin Durkin 

Undocumented immigrants in New York could become “state citizens” with a slew of benefits from driver’s licenses under a new bill to be introduced Monday.

July 18, 2014
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The Children's Migration Movement of 2014

What You Should Know

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

718-991-3161

The Children's Migration Movement of 2014

You should know that last year, 38,833 unaccompanied minors were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol. This year, as many as 74,000 unaccompanied children from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are expected to be caught at the United States border. Whoever is organizing this movement of undocumented migrant children is very effective.

July 9, 2014
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Statement from Senator George Maziarz on housing illegal immigrant children at old Walmart store in Brockport

Congressman Collins is right.  The vast majority of these illegal immigrant children originate from Central America, so it makes sense that they should be held much closer to our southern border.  An old Walmart store in Brockport, New York, two thousand miles away from the Mexican border, makes no sense whatsoever.

June 27, 2014
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Bold New Campaign Demands Full Equality for Non-Citizens

***National Coalition Unveils “New York is Home” Legislation to Help Nearly 3 Million Noncitizen New Yorkers Become State Citizens, and Vows to Win State Citizenship for Immigrants in Other States***

June 26, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Zeldin Slams New Rivera Illegal Immigration Bill

June 19, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570 

cumolett@nysenate.gov

Senator Zeldin Slams New Rivera Illegal Immigration Bill

Bill Would Grant Citizenship to Illegal Immigrants

ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley), just released the following statement in response to the introduction of a bill by Senator Gustavo Rivera (S. 7879) that would grant citizenship to illegal immigrants and provide them with rights as such including access to Medicaid and tuition assistance:

June 18, 2014
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Grisanti Blasts "State Citizenship" For Illegal Immigrants In New York

State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, Erie County) today strongly objected to a proposal that would allow undocumented immigrants to become New York state citizens. The bill, sponsored by Senator Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx, would apply to approximately 2.7 million residents of New York. 
 
"This proposal is absurd on its face," declared Grisanti.

June 16, 2014
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Grisanti Blasts "State Citizenship" For Illegal Immigrants In New York

State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, Erie County) today strongly objected to a proposal that would allow undocumented immigrants to become New York state citizens. The bill, sponsored by Senator Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx, would apply to approximately 2.7 million residents of New York. 
 
"This proposal is absurd on its face," declared Grisanti.

June 16, 2014
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Measure to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking Passes Senate

Senator Dilan speaks in support of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (S.5879B). The legislation will improve New York State’s efforts to end human trafficking by enhancing protections of trafficking victims and strengthen penalties against traffickers. Senator Dilan is a co-sponsor of the legislation that passed the Senate unanimously.

June 12, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Introduces Resolution Designating June as Immigrant Heritage Month in New York State

Albany, NY - Today, State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) introduced a resolution designating the month of June as Immigrant Heritage Month in New York State. The resolution seeks to highlight, recognize and celebrate the countless contributions immigrants have made to our State.

June 10, 2014
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State Senator and Assemblywoman Debate DREAM Act

As reported by NY1:

Inside City Hall hosted a debate on the merits of the state Dream Act, a bill that would give college financial aid to undocumented immigrants with State Senator Jose Peralta, a Democrat from Queens and a leading opponent, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican whose Assembly district covers parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

To view full video, click here. 

June 6, 2014
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May 2014 Newsletter – DREAM Act

Please click the file below to view the DREAM Act newsletter.

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DREAM Act

May 29, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Members Hold Public Forum On The New York State DREAM Act

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today held a public forum on the New York State DREAM Act. This legislation will would provide access to state-funded financial aid (TAP) and scholarships to qualifying undocumented youth as they seek to attend higher education institutions. Forum participants were provided testimony by fiscal and education experts, as well as undocumented youth who would qualify for education aid if the DREAM Act passed into law.

May 29, 2014
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Nueva York tiene estancada su agenda migratoria

Según ha informado El Diario:

Nueva York – Cuando parecía olvidada, la propuesta de ley para que inmigrantes indocumentados soliciten licencias de conducir sumó el respaldo de la organización Transportation Alternatives, que promueve el uso del transporte público, y The Worker's Justice Center of NY, entidad pro trabajadores agrícolas del norte del estado.

El apoyo de esta última es clave por el área donde opera ya que puede sumar el respaldo de residentes y legisladores de Albany, Kingston y Rochester.

El senador José Peralta (D-Queens) argumenta que su propuesta de licencia para indocumentados aborda dos asuntos críticos, "oportunidad económica y seguridad en las calles, y por eso el apoyo a esta legislación seguirá creciendo".

Sin embargo, hasta ahora ese no ha sido el caso. Las dos principales legislaciones migratorias presentadas, el Dream Act y las licencias para indocumentados, se han estancado en la legislatura a pesar que Nueva York es un estado demócrata y progresista.

Ambas propuestas han sido introducidas más de una vez pero según expertos, ni los políticos ni los activistas han sabido articular su importancia económica.

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May 21, 2014
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