Issues: Immigration

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.

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June 6, 2014
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May 2014 Newsletter – DREAM Act

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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.

Para el artículo completo, haga clic aquí.

May 21, 2014
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Kim Honor Korean Veterans of the Vietnam War in Joint Resolution

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) sponsored a joint resolution to honor the service and sacrifice of Korean veterans who served alongside American troops in the Vietnam War.

April 30, 2014
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Legislative Report with Senator Parker and Yvonne Graham, NYS DOH Associate Commissioner

 

April is National Minority Health Month. Senator Parker welcomes New York State Department of Health Associate Commissioner Yvonne Graham, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention.

Listen as they discuss the health inequities among various populations and how her office works plan to address these specific issues 2013-2017.

For more information about the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Prevention, please call 518-474-2180 or visit www.doh.gov.

 

April 29, 2014
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State Senate not discussing DREAM Act in budget talks

As reported by The New York Daily News:

State Senate leaders are balking at efforts to give the DREAM Act a second life as part of the state’s budget.

The measure, which came two votes short of approval in the Senate earlier this week, is not being discussed in budget negotiations, said Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference.

The DREAM Act would enable the children of undocumented immigrants to receive state tuition assistance. After the bill failed in the Senate, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said he would push to include as part of the budget.

Students and activists rallied outside Gov. Cuomo’s office Thursday pushing for him to include the DREAM Act in the budget.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) and Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) also sent a letter to Cuomo urging him to push for the measure in the budget.

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April 9, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Initiative to Assist Disabled Veterans On Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.  

March 26, 2014
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State Senate's 30-29 vote against DREAM Act is hardly a 'fatal blow' for bill to grant state tuition aid to undocumented immigrants

As reported by New York Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta

I would call them the legion of gloom and doom, but that would greatly exaggerate their numbers and significance.

I am talking about the people trying to sell the idea that Monday’s state Senate vote on the DREAM Act — 30 in favor, 29 opposed — was somehow a “near-fatal blow” or an “enormous setback” because the bill, which would grant state tuition aid to undocumented immigrants, fell two votes short of passing.

That prognosis is entirely blind to political reality or is the product of wishful thinking.

The conventional wisdom back in the summer, when planning for the current legislative session began, was that election-year dynamics would keep the DREAM Act from making any kind of progress during the 2014 legislative session.

What nobody saw coming back then was the wave of progressive zeal that would be ushered in by the election of Mayor de Blasio.

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March 20, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON THE SENATE VOTE ON THE NEW YORK STATE DREAM ACT

(Brooklyn, NY) - “Today, I stood with 29 other New York Senate Democratic Senators to vote in favor of the NYS DREAM Act.

This piece of progressive legislation was brought to the floor earlier this evening and if passed, would have ensured immigrant children, in search of the American dream through educational access and financial aid, the road map to success.

Senate Republicans failed our young people. Not a single member of the Republican Conference voted yes. Not a single member of the Republicans voted yes for opportunity or yes for equality.

March 17, 2014
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Statement from Senator Jose M. Serrano Regarding DREAM Act Legislation in the State Senate

(Albany, NY)- "I am deeply disappointed that the DREAM Act legislation brought before the Senate failed to achieve enough votes for passage. As the representative for communities in East Harlem and the South Bronx, I have long been a vocal advocate for the DREAM Act because it would provide higher educational opportunities for immigrants in New York City and throughout our state.  

March 17, 2014
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Peralta On Senate Budget Resolution

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta

“Where there is a will there is a way.

"And clearly there is the political will for campaign financing, but not for helping young immigrants get a college degree.

“Senate Republicans argued against using tax dollars for campaign financing, just as they had previously argued against spending tax revenue on the DREAM Act.

"But whereas the Senate’s house budget features campaign financing, it excludes the DREAM Act, kicking to the curb, yet again, the hopes and aspirations of young people whose zeal to live, work, pay taxes and prosper in this great country is being held against them.

"I am happy about the inclusion of campaign financing, which I wholeheartedly support.  I am deeply disappointed and frustrated by the exclusion of the DREAM Act.

"I call on the governor and my Republican Senate colleagues to seize the opportunity we have here in New York to build on the growing national consensus around the need for immigration reform and the obvious economic benefits of doing right by our young people.”

March 13, 2014
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Sen. Jose Peralta Urges NYS Senate Republicans To Act Like Rick Perry--On DREAM Act

As reported by New York Daily News:

Sen. Jose Peralta, a Democrat and prime sponsor of a bill to create a state DREAM Act, invoked conservative Texas Gov. Rick Perry in urging his Republican colleagues to support the measure.

"We have an opportunity here in New York to build on the growing national consensus, among business, labor and Republican and Democratic leaders, on both the need for immigration reform and the obvious economic benefits of reform.”

The Peralta DREAM Act bill would allow allow state financial assistance to go to the college kids of illegal immigrants.

Perry signed a different version of the DREAM Act that allows the kids of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Texas state colleges.

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March 13, 2014
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They Call for Passage of the Dream Act in New York

Time Warner Cable| NY1N Noticias| March 7, 2014|

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC), the original advocates of the New York State Dream Act, along with Senator Perkins who introduced the first version of the Act, and other elected officials held a press conference on Friday, March 7th demanding that the New York State Senate pass the Dream Act which has already successfully passed the New York State Assembly. 

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March 10, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Lauds Assembly’s Passage of the New York State DREAM Act

(Brooklyn, NY)- “The Assembly’s passage of the DREAM Act (New York State Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act,  A 2597-A) on Tuesday was a giant step forward for New York’s immigrant community. This progressive legislation increases educational access for talented students, regardless of their immigration status, and provides them with a pathway to receive the education they rightfully deserve.

February 26, 2014
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2014 Legislative Questionnaire/What Are Your Priorities?

As we proceed through the 2014 Legislative session, I’d like your feedback on issues that may be considered, such as medical marijuana, universal full-day pre-kindergarten, and campaign finance reform. I want to know what your priorities are. What concerns you the most? Please share your thoughts by filling out this survey.

February 20, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On Washington State Legislature’s Passage Of DREAM Act

“Washington is on the verge of becoming the fourth state to provide college financial aid to undocumented immigrants, after the legislature there last night passed the state’s own DREAM Act with strong bi-partisan support.

“Here in New York, making the DREAM Act a reality will also require support across conferences.  Fortunately,  there is a growing consensus among business, labor and Republican and Democratic leaders across the country, both on the need for immigration reform and the obvious economic benefits of reform.  We saw evidence of that last night in Washington.

“That consensus is building because of the growing recognition that the DREAM Act is an investment in the workforce of tomorrow that would pay for itself many times over in increased tax revenues; and that with the demand for higher-skilled workers increasing, it only makes sense to encourage our young people to pursue higher education

“There is also an increasing realization that the young people who would benefit from the DREAM Act are as American as Thanksgiving.  They arrived at an early age and don’t know any country but the United States.  Their hearts are here and so are there futures.

“Let’s help them better provide for themselves and their families, contribute more to the economy and fully integrate into the American mainstream.”

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February 19, 2014
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Senator Peralta Continues the Push for DREAM Act

As reported by Capitol Tonight:

Catholic bishops in New York are calling the DREAM Act one of the church’s top priorities for this year’s legislative session. The Church also supports immigration reform on a national level. But with those efforts stalled, attention is shifting to the states, and in this case, the state senate, where it looks like there are not enough votes to pass the bill.

Senator Jose Peralta is trying to convince his colleagues to change their minds. He joined us to discuss.

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February 12, 2014
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