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Immigration Reform

Our ongoing coverage of this important topic addresses both state and national legislative efforts, as well as local concerns related to immigration and the status of undocumented immigrants.


 

April 16, 2019
Activists urge immigrants’ access to driver’s licenses
Activists urge immigrants’ access to driver’s licenses

Photo courtesy of Bryan MacCormack

Local activists visited the state capital March 12 to support the Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign advocating for all New York residents — regardless of immigration status — to be allowed to obtain driver’s licenses.

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By Ketsia Rodríguez/EMC
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April 16, 2019
Penn Yan parishioner saw God’s face in asylum seekers at border
Penn Yan parishioner saw God’s face in asylum seekers at border

It appears to Anne Meyer-Wilber that these days there are two distinctly different versions of the United States of America.

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By Jennifer Burke/EMC
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April 16, 2019
State offers new services for immigrants

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month that New York would offer two new measures to assist and protect immigrants.

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By Ketsia Rodríguez/EMC
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March 13, 2019
Four women from Diocese of Rochester assist immigrants at U.S. border
Four women from Diocese of Rochester assist immigrants at U.S. border

Four local women recently got a glimpse into the lives of immigrants at the center of the current national debate over the situation at the United States’ southern border.

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By Jennifer Burke/EMC
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March 13, 2019
Conference focuses on health care for immigrants
Conference focuses on health care for immigrants

Students from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry partnered with Alianza Agrícola last month to host the school’s first student-led conference about the barriers immigrants face in receiving health care.

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By Ketsia Rodríguez/EMC
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February 12, 2019
Farmworker rights is Diocese of Rochester’s 2019 public-policy focus
Farmworker rights is Diocese of Rochester’s 2019 public-policy focus

The shift to Democratic control of the state Legislature also increases the likelihood of action on the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, which is why the Diocesan Public Policy Committee elected to make that issue the focus of a petition-signing campaign. 

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By Jennifer Burke/EMC
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February 12, 2019
NY legislation will offer financial aid to immigrant students

The New York State Legislature voted Jan. 23 to enact the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, which would provide students with state aid for higher education regardless of their immigration status. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the act into law.

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September 11, 2018
Driver’s licenses urged for immigrants, regardless of status
Driver’s licenses urged for immigrants, regardless of status

Members of the Rochester City Council joined with immigration advocates last month to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue an executive order to allow immigrants, regardless of their status, to apply for driver’s licenses.

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By Annette Jiménez/EMC
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April 17, 2018
Immigrant advocates, ACLU urge bus companies to protect passengers
Immigrant advocates, ACLU urge bus companies to protect passengers

Local advocates for immigrants are joining with the American Civil Liberties Union to call on bus companies to protect their passengers by ceasing to cooperate with officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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By Annette Jiménez/EMC
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April 17, 2018
Groups stand with, empower migrant workers
Groups stand with, empower migrant workers

Almadelia Salinas Gúzman is not used to getting up in front of a crowd and sharing her story.

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By Annette Jiménez/EMC
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