“It’s important that we raise attention to the issue of statelessness. That’s why women like me are going public with our stories. We need more people to understand that this is an urgent issue. It keeps us from moving on and living productive lives in the U.S. and we’re always anxious about what might happen.”
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.
‘Businesses across the state and nation are experiencing a significant labor shortage. The key to solving this crisis rests largely in our ability to maximize the untapped potential of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged residents. That starts by offering thousands of undocumented individuals, many of whom are holding essential jobs that keep our city running, a pathway to citizenship.’
‘I marched alongside thousands of people to send an unequivocal message to Democrats in Congress, including my own representative Sen. Chuck Schumer, that they make the rules, not the parliamentarian. They have the power to deliver an expansive and inclusive pathway to citizenship through reconciliation this year.’
You wouldn’t know it from listening to the discussion of immigration policy on the presidential campaign trail, but for immigrants with permanent residency, getting citizenship is not easy, not cheap and not a no-brainer.
The arrival of .nyc gives City Hall the chance to build a vibrant online toolkit for democracy. But it will require work, money and vision for the de Blasio administration to realize the full potential of its new, three-letter asset.