Issues: Immigration

Advocates push to give undocumented New York immigrants driver's licenses

As reported by the Daily News:

Believing the political climate is now in their favor, advocates are launching a major push to allow undocumented immigrants to get New York State driver’s licenses.

Members of more than 50 organizations met Tuesday with an umbrella group known as the New York Immigration Coalition to set their campaign in motion.

 “We have really decided to go forward, and go forward full steam,” said Steven Choi, the coalition’s executive director. “We are hearing from our members, from Brentwood in Long Island all the way to Buffalo, that driver’s licenses are a major issue.”

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January 9, 2014
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

District 32 Bronx County, New York

Tel 718-991-3161

Governor Andrew Cuomo Just Did it Again to Get Even with Me and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo

You should know that on Monday, December 16, 2013, the leaders of the New York State Republican Party, Chairman Ed Cox, New York State Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and others, at the request of myself and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, came to the South Bronx to distribute 2,000 toys to our needy and poor children for my annual event “Christmas In The Bronx.” You should have seen the excitement that radiated from the faces of all these children!

December 23, 2013
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Senator Valesky Delivers Coats, Blankets for Newly Arrived Refugees

(Syracuse, NY – Dec. 5, 2013) State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) recently delivered 12 bags of donated coats and blankets to the Center for New Americans as a result of a coat and blanket drive he sponsored at the State Office Building in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program.

December 10, 2013
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Senator Valesky Drops Off Coats and Blankets for Newly Arrived Refugees

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) dropped off 12 bags of donated coats and blankets at the Center for New Americans on Monday, November 25. Senator Valesky had recently held a coat and blanket drive at the State Office Building in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program.

December 5, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER ADVOCATES KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

Brooklyn, NY- On Monday, November 18, Senator Kevin Parker was one of two featured guests at the screening and discussion of the movie Fighting for Freedom at Albany Law School. The Senator’s co-panelist was Terminator 3 star, the actress and producer, Kristanna Loken. The discussion was moderated by the Law school’s Associate Dean Alicia Oullette and Albany Law professor Sarah Rogerson, who leads the school’s Immigration Project.

November 20, 2013
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SENATOR PARKER ADVANCES THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS

Brooklyn, NY- On Saturday, November 9, 2013, State Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-45) and The City University of New York Citizenship Now partnered to host a free citizenship application assistance event at Brooklyn College. Over 200 permanent residents from across Brooklyn and New York City received free one-on-one counseling, pro bono legal services and assistance in assessing and completing their applications.

November 9, 2013
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Peralta Pushes Licenses For Immigrants

As reported by the Queens Tribune:

As Congress debates comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship, State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has proposed a bill that would give undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.

“A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” Peralta said. “In moving out of the shadows and into the economic mainstream, they will be less isolated and less vulnerable to predators and their scams.”

If elected mayor, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio said he plans to bring New Yorkers out of the shadows by working for legislation that would make New York the fifth state to allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses.

According to de Blasio, this legislation would allow roadway safety by getting undocumented people who are already driving on our streets into driver’s education classes, covered by auto insurance, operating registered, driving inspected and insured vehicles.

Peralta assures that licenses would not be given out to anyone; only people who can prove who they are through a non-U.S. form of identification, prove residence in the States and demonstrate they have not been convicted of a crime.

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November 6, 2013
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Be Our Guest: Roosevelt Ave. needs more than a BID expansion if it's going to thrive

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta

The recent incidents of deadly violence on Roosevelt Ave. — two murders committed in broad daylight within days of each other last month — underscore the fact that we need a lot more than trash bins and video cameras to make Roosevelt Ave. safe.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m in favor of the proposed expansion of the 82nd St. Business Improvement District, which would cover more than 800 businesses on Roosevelt Ave. from 81st St. to 104th St. Fresh paint, additional trash cans and video cameras are certainly welcome. And banding together under the banner of the BID would be good for the small merchants and vendors along the avenue.

But Roosevelt Ave. is referred to as the old Times Square, and for good reason. When police successfully cracked down on prostitution in Times Square and midtown in the 1980s, much of the business simply moved to Roosevelt Ave., where it is fueled, in part, by the sale of foreign-born women into sexual slavery.

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October 28, 2013
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Senator Valesky to Hold Coat and Blanket Drive to Benefit Newly Arrived Refugees

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will hold a coat and blanket drive at the State Office Building in Syracuse from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 15 in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program at the Center for New Americans.

October 28, 2013
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Buenas noticias para indocumentados en Nueva York

Según ha informado WXTV 41:

Medida para otorgar licencias fue presentada por el senador estatal José Peralta.

Para el video completo, haga clic aquí.

October 28, 2013
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Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honored By Family Planning Advocates

Albany, NY - Democratic State Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was honored on Friday, October 25th by Family Planning Advocates of New York State at their annual recognition luncheon. Leader Stewart-Cousins was given the Shirley Gordon Public Policy Leadership award in recognition of her leadership of the Senate Democratic Conference and her dedication to progressive, common sense approaches to ensuring that safe reproductive health care is always available to the women of New York.

October 25, 2013
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Sen. Peralta Bill Would Give Undocumented Immigrants Access to Driver’s Licenses

State Senator Jose Peralta introduced legislation to provide undocumented immigrant New Yorkers access to driver’s licenses.  He said that, if enacted, the bill will bring the undocumented into the economic mainstream and improve safety on New York roads.

In introducing the bill, Sen. Peralta noted that unlicensed drivers are five times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes and that uninsured drivers are far more likely to flee the scene of an accident.  He added that undocumented immigrants are disproportionately victims of exploitation and fraud.

“A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” Sen. Peralta said.  “In moving out of the shadows and into the economic mainstream, they will be less isolated and less vulnerable to predators and their scams. This legislation  will also help make all New Yorkers safer by allowing us to identify everyone who drives on our roads and ensure that they are properly credentialed, educated and operating registered, inspected and insured vehicles.”

Sen. Peralta’s bill will permit the state Department of Motor Vehicles to issue licenses to undocumented immigrants able to provide non-U.S. identification, prove residence in the state and demonstrate they have not been convicted of a felony crime. 

The senate sponsor of the state DREAM Act, Sen. Peralta said he is looking forward to the development during the upcoming legislative session of “a bipartisan response” to the question of integrating New Americans and giving them a chance to succeed and realize the American Dream. 

Eleven states already allow undocumented immigrants to secure a driver’s license.

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October 24, 2013
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Undocumented immigrants left homeless by uptown fire are ineligible for relocation help from the city

By Albor Ruiz/ NY Daily News

The fire raging just steps from City College was huge and damaging, and took 200 firefighters many long hours to bring it under control. No one died, but it wreaked havoc in the lives of dozens of families.

August 27, 2013
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Senator Gustavo Rivera Hosts Immigration Information Session

(Bronx, NY) –  Senator Gustavo Rivera (D–Bronx), accompanied by special guest Congressman Rangel, will host an Immigration Information Session on Saturday, June 8, 2013 to address any questions local residents may have about immigration reform, immigration fraud, the pathway to citizenship and the New York State DREAM Act.

June 6, 2013
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Video: Sen. Krueger Demands Vote on NYS Dream Act with Colleagues and Advocates

Sen. Liz Krueger joined colleagues, elected officials, and advocates at Baruch College this week to demand action on the NYS Dream Act, which has passed the Assembly and deserves a vote in the New York State Senate. 

May 29, 2013
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Citizenship Workshop in Brooklyn

Please pass this information on if you know of families in our school community interested in applying for citizenship status. Parents who are legal permanent residents (or green card holders) and eligible for naturalization can begin the application process to become U.S. citizens. The session is free and will provide immigration information, assistance and financing options to eligible parents. Saturday, May 18, 2013 P.S. 503/506 330 60th St Brooklyn, NY 11220

May 9, 2013
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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES REAL TAX RELIEF FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, ADDRESSES CHALLENGES FACING UPSTATE

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the State Budget on time for the third consecutive year, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today. The spending plan adheres to a self-imposed two percent spending cap, contains significant tax relief for middle-class families and businesses, and also addresses some of the unique challenges facing Western New York.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Serrano Serves as Moderator for Attorney General Schneiderman's Language Access Workshop at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference

(Albany, NY) – Senator José M. Serrano served as moderator for a workshop at the SOMOS El Futuro Conference, sponsored by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. The event was designed to inform attendees about their rights regarding language access. With New York commonly known as a cultural melting pot, the workshop addressed efforts made by the Attorney General's Office to ensure equal access for minority language New Yorkers in election ballots, Police services, Sheriff's Offices, and written materials provided by pharmacies and schools.

March 25, 2013
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Peralta to Gov.: Your Leadership Needed On Dream Act

Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta

 “It took great courage and leadership to achieve marriage equality in New York and to pass the toughest gun laws in the country.  Rather than wait on the federal government to do something, Governor Cuomo instead showed the federal government how to get big, important, meaningful things done.

“On behalf of all Dreamers, I am urging Governor Cuomo to again bring to bear his great courage, considerable political skills and extraordinary leadership abilities in getting something big, important and meaningful done.  And make no mistake: Immigration reform is important and most certainly needs to get done. 

“As a sound investment in our state’s workforce and future that would eventually pay for itself many times over, the Dream Act belongs in the budget.

“The Dream Act means far too much to far too many people to continue to be ignored.”

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March 20, 2013
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