Issues: Immigration

Barbara Medina Bio

Barbara Medina was born in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to parents from the Island of Puerto Rico. Ms. Medina is single mother of three wonderful children and has spent fourteen successful years as an Executive in the Marketing business. Ms. Medina’s career allowed her to travel to different parts of the United States developing new businesses and venturing with other companies. The experience has helped her become a voice amongst the voiceless and the value of being an independent woman.

June 1, 2011

Sen. Espaillat leads the way in protecting workers' rights by cracking down on exploitative employment agencies

New York Times: Despite City Crackdown, Immigrants Still Are Often Cheated by Job Agencies


Published: May 15, 2011

 From the article:

Some state lawmakers are proposing legislation to increase fines against employment agencies to $500, from $100, for each day a violation continues, and to make it a misdemeanor to accumulate three or more violations in a five-year span.

May 15, 2011

Senator Rivera and Assemblywoman Meng Denounce Secure Communities, Applaud Actions of Illinois Governor

New York, NY - Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) issued the following statement in response to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's decision to keep Secure Communities out of Illinois and terminate the program in counties and cities that had already begun to participate in the program. Illinois is the first state to reject a presence of ICE after Secure Communities had already begun to operate within its borders.

May 6, 2011

DREAM Act Draws Fire at Senate Hearing

DREAM Act Draws Fire at Senate Hearing

By: Simon Garron-Caine, Staff Writter for the Legislative Gazette

April 28, 2011

Senator Perkins and the New York State Youth Leadership Council Stand With Immigrants

Senator Perkins and the New York State Youth Leadership Council Stand With ImmigrantsThis video clip is of Senator Perkins (D-Harlem) standing with the NYSYLC, a network of undocumented youth, and all immigrants in New York to affirm their humanity.

**Below is a copy of the press release announcing the press conference**

April 11, 2011

Senator Serrano Co-Sponsors Immigration Forum

Senator Serrano co-sponsored a forum, hosted by Senator Bill Perkins, designed to answer the tough questions on the latest immigration issues. Local elected officials, immigration advocates and community organizations discussed various topics, including workers rights, wage theft and unemployment insurance benefits, immigration fraud, the Secure Communities program, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and violence against women."We have many great challenges in this country, but there is no time to waste on immigration reform. Not when every delay means another broken family. Not when every delay means that another hard working immigrant gets taken advantage of by a predatory, fraudulent company," said Senator Serrano.

March 26, 2011

State bill revives pieces of DREAM Act for illegal immigrants - access to financial aid, work

BY Erica PearsonDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERThursday, March 24th 2011, 4:00 AM

A new bill in the state Legislature would make college life easier for undocumented immigrant students - giving them benefits like financial aid and driver's licenses.

Unlike the federal DREAM Act that died in the Senate last year, the Albany bill wouldn't provide a path to citizenship - but advocates say it would be life-changing for the more than 10,000 undocumented kids who graduate New York high schools each year.

***Click to Read Full Article***

March 24, 2011

Bill Seeks to Expand Rights for New York’s Immigrants

By KIRK SEMPLEThree months after the defeat of the Dream Act, a Congressional bill that would have provided a path to legal residency for young illegal immigrants, a state senator from New York City has introduced his own version of the legislation in Albany.

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March 24, 2011

Forum/Town Hall: Town Hall Event at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

In the face of some of the most significant and potentially damaging government budget cuts in recent memory, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 pm at its headquarters in the Queensbridge Houses at 10-25 41st Avenue in Long Island City.

The following proposed cuts will be the main topic for discussion:

Senior Services: Cuts to Title XX funds in the Governor's Executive Budget would force the NYC Department for the Aging to close 105 senior centers. The loss of $24 million in these funds would be devastating, and affect over 8,000 seniors in New York City.

March 23, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Immigration Forum

Senator Serrano will co-sponsor a forum with Senator Bill Perkins, designed to answer the tough questions on the latest immigration issues. Local elected officials, immigration advocates and community organizations will discuss various topics, including workers rights, immigration fraud, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and violence against women. For more information and to RSVP, please call the office of Senator Bill Perkins at (212)222-7315.

March 26, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Immigrants Ask Cuomo to Keep Services in Budget

Feet In Two Worlds

Some 700 immigrants from diverse communities rallied at the New York State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday to ensure that key services supporting their communities are not cut out of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget.

Immigrants make up a quarter of the state’s workforce and are advocating for ten budget and policy priorities that range from affordable housing, language access for government services, education funding for English language learners, ending Secure Communities and maintaining health care programs.

March 3, 2011

Senator Serrano Joins Hundreds of New Yorkers to Fight for Immigrant Rights

Senator José M. Serrano today joined the New York Immigration Coalition, colleagues and advocates for the 2011 Immigrants’ Rights Day of Action in Albany. Hundreds of New Yorkers traveled to Albany to send a message to the Governor and the Legislature that state policies must recognize the rights of immigrants and protect immigrant communities.They also urged lawmakers to adopt the NYIC’s top ten state buget and policy priorities for 2011, so that the budget isn’t balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable.

March 1, 2011

Free Citizenship Now event sponsored by Senator Addabbo and CUNY

FREE CitizenshipApplication Assistance.

Experienced lawyers and immigration professionalswill help evaluate your citizenship application.

Saturday, March 12, 2011, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Doors close at 2 p.m.

Holy Child Jesus111-02 86th Ave.Richmond Hill, NY 11418In school basement (use entrance located betweenthe school and Monsignor William P. Murray Hall).

To RSVP, or for more information,please call Peter DeLucia at (718) 738-1111

March 12, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
January 27, 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

Anti-Illegal Immigration Program, Secure Communities, Stirs Debate In New York

Latin American News Dispatch

by Amy Elmgren

November 29, 2010

A new federal program called Secure Communities makes many residents of New York feel anything but safe.

Piloted in 2008, the policy requires local police to share the fingerprints of everyone they arrest with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, and to detain and deport those who are here without visas. Secure Communities has been implemented in 33 states and will take effect in New York this fall, unless residents at the state or municipal level are given the choice to opt out.

December 9, 2010
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