Advocates are sounding the alarm over both Gov. Hochul and Mayor Adams’ spending proposals, which failed to include several flagship programs they’ve fought for in recent years as well as reductions to programs that provide English language, literacy and citizenship classes that immigrant New Yorkers rely on.
Some immigrants who are out of work during the pandemic are using the time to take English classes. ‘To me, this has been a relief in the middle of the sad and painful situation we are enduring,’ one such student tells El Diario.
The city is aging, and its older population includes many thousands of people who have never learned English, posing a large challenge to society that current resources are ill-equipped to solve.