Issues: Immigration

Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Improve Access to State Services for Non-English Speakers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring state agencies that provide direct public services to offer free interpretation and translation services to members of the public for vital forms and instructions.

Based on census data, the services will be offered in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French, and French Créole.

Approximately two and a half million New Yorkers do not speak English as their primary language and have limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. This presents potential barriers when trying to access important government benefits or services.

October 7, 2011
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Letter on Immigration Rally

Senator Ruben Diaz had a immigration rally this past Sunday. Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of New York Catholic Charities represented Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and me. We wrote the following letter in support of Senator Diaz’s rally:

October 2, 2011

Dear Friends:

Although we are not able to be present with you this afternoon because of parish Masses, we express our solidarity with you who have come together in the Bronx to stand with our immigrant sisters and brothers.

October 5, 2011
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LO QUE USTED DEBE SABER

LO QUE USTED DEBE SABER

POR EL SENADOR REV. RUBEN DIAZ

Apenas un da después de La Gran Marcha Por La Dignidad Del Inmigrante: La ciudad de New York toma acción para detener las deportaciones de indocumentados.

Como usted, amado hermano sabe, La Organización de Ministros Hispanos de New York y Radio Visión Cristiana Internacional coordinarón la primera marcha en el Condado del Bronx denominada, “Marcha Por La Dignidad Del Inmigrante”

Este pasado Domingo 2, de Octubre, Ministros, Líderes comunales y politicos salimos a la calle pidiendo el cesé de las deportaciones a nuestros hermanos indocumentados.

October 3, 2011
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Extremely Grateful for Catholic Support

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) greatly appreciates the Catholic Church’s support for his upcoming March for the Dignity of the Immigrants Rally scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 2, 2011 in The Bronx. The March will begin on Westchester Avenue and Third Avenue and proceed to the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse on East 161st Street and the Grand Concourse.

Senator Reverend Diaz stated: “I deeply appreciate the support of the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn for our upcoming March for the Dignity of the Immigrants. I am overjoyed to know that at Sunday’s March we will be standing side by side Catholic clergy and Catholic leaders to promote the dignity of our immigrant families.”

September 30, 2011
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MARCH FOR THE DIGNITY OF IMMIGRANTS

September 28, 2011

For Immediate Release

 

MARCH FOR THE DIGNITY OF IMMIGRANTS

 

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) will join with community and religious leaders and organizations to hold the first Bronx County March for the Dignity of Immigrants on Sunday, October 2, 2011 beginning at 12:00 noon at Westchester Avenue and Third Avenue and proceed to the Bronx Supreme Court Building located on East 161st Street and the Grand Concourse. Thousands are expected to attend.

 

September 28, 2011
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MILES MARCHARAN A FAVOR DE LOS INMIGRANTES

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

28 de Septiembre del 2011

Para Publicacion Inmediata

MILES MARCHARAN A FAVOR DE LOS INMIGRANTES

El Senador Rev. Rubén Diaz informa que miles de personas estarán participando de la primera marcha a favor de los inmigrantes en el Condado del Bronx.

La Marcha denominada “Marcha por la Dignidad del Inmigrante” se llevará a cabo este próximo Domingo 2 de Octubre a las 12:00 pm, comenzando en las Avenidas Westchester y 3ra. En el Condado del Bronx, terminando en las escalinatas de la Corte Suprema en Grand Concourse y 161st Street.

September 28, 2011
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DIGNITY FOR THE IMMIGRANTS MARCH

Press Release

August 24, 2011

For Immediate Release

Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

 

DIGNITY FOR THE IMMIGRANTS MARCH

  

Community Leaders, churches, ministers and the community in general are planning to rally on behalf of undocumented immigrants, according to State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz.

August 24, 2011
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Secure Communities making our communities insecure and unsecure

Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 3:50 pm, Wed Aug 17, 2011.

August 18, 2011
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Letter from Senator Serrano to ICE Director John Morton Re: Secure Communities

August 15, 2011John MortonDirector, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement500 12th Street, SWWashington, D.C. 20536Director Morton:

File: 
Letter_Director Morton_S-Comm.pdf

August 15, 2011
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June 8, 2011
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Senator Ball Interviewed on State of Politics

06/06/2011 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, talks with Liz Benjamin on 

June 8, 2011
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Senator Rivera and Assemblywoman Meng Applaud Governor Cuomo for Suspending Controversial Secure Communities

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to suspend the controversial Secure Communities program:

We are proud to stand with Governor Cuomo today as he announced the suspension of New York's participation in Secure Communities, a controversial partnership between immigration officials and local law enforcement that has come under scrutiny at a national level for straying from its intended purpose of deporting dangerous criminal immigrants. While Secure Communities is intended to focus on the deportation of dangerous criminal immigrants, 79% of those deported nationwide under this program had no criminal record.

June 6, 2011
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Senator Espaillat Commends Gov. Cuomo on Repeal of Secure Communities

Removing NY from flawed program will make state safer, more just

(Albany, NY) – Today, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) commended Governor Andrew Cuomo on his strong leadership, following the governor’s decision to rescind New York’s participation in “Secure Communities,” a  highly flawed program that has caused anxiety and insecurity around our state.

June 2, 2011
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Statement By Senator Jose R. Peralta On Rescission of Secure Communities Program

"Common sense and reason have prevailed and we can thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for that," said State Senator Jose R. Peralta, long an outspoken critic of the Secure Communities program.  "The Secure Communities program was tearing families apart.  It was supposed to focus on dangerous criminals, but the vast majority of those deported through the program were hardworking immigrants with no criminal record.  Immigrant communities simply became even more fearful of law enforcement, worried about arrests and deportations.  The program became a disincentive to reporting crimes and cooperating with law enforcement, endangering community safety.   "Many, many thanks to Governor Cuomo."

June 2, 2011
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Senator Serrano Applauds Governor Cuomo's Decision on Secure Communities Program

(Albany, NY)-  Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to suspend New York’s participation in the federal Secure Communities program.“Local law enforcement does not belong in the business of deportation,” said Senator Serrano. “Secure Communities is a program with the potential to have a devastating effect, not only on the residents of my district, but on New Yorkers throughout the state. Aside from the civil and human rights implications, S-Comm also threatens the fiscal health of our local police precincts. I commend Governor Cuomo for taking action, and for seriously examining why this program would be a destructive departure from what our state represents."

June 1, 2011
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Letter to Governor Paterson- S-Comm

September 1, 2010

Dear Governor David Paterson:

File: 
SComm_GovPaterson.pdf

June 1, 2011
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2011 Women of Distinction | Barbara Medina

Barbara Median of Williamsburg was named this year's Woman of Distinction by Senator Dilan.

Read her bio here.

June 1, 2011
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