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.


 

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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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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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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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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April 17, 2018
Rochester’s Catholic Family Center assists immigrants, refugees

Rochester’s Catholic Family Center provides immigrants and refugees with access to counsel, intervention and official representation related to their status in the United States.

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March 14, 2018
Rochester Sister of Mercy arrested during DACA protest in D.C.
Rochester Sister of Mercy arrested during DACA protest in D.C.

Dozens of Catholics — including a Sister of Mercy from Rochester — were arrested near the U.S. Capitol Feb. 27 in the rotunda of a Senate building in Washington as they called on lawmakers to help young undocumented adults brought to the U.S. as minors obtain some sort of permanent legal status.

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February 14, 2018
Rally participants support man facing deportation
Rally participants support man facing deportation

Immigrant advocates and faith groups who are members of the Rochester Rapid Response Network rallied in front of the Federal Building last month to support a farmworker facing deportation.

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January 17, 2018
Immigrants, advocates rally in Washington for ‘clean’ DREAM Act
Immigrants, advocates rally in Washington for ‘clean’ DREAM Act

Irving Rodríguez, a 14-year-old a high-school student in Livingston County, did not have a chance to apply for legal protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before President Donald Trump announced a phase out of the program Sept. 5.

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January 17, 2018
Diocese of Rochester asks parishioners to urge DREAM Act passage
During the Diocese of Rochester’s Public Policy Weekend Feb. 10 and 11, parishioners will be asked to sign petitions urging congressional leaders to pass the federal DREAM Act to protect young immigrants.
 
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