IMMIGRATION

Immigrants, both with and without documentation, make up a vulnerable community especially with the incoming administration. Get to know the issues and how you can get involved.

IMMIGRATION

Immigrants, both with and without documentation, make up a vulnerable community especially with the incoming administration. Get to know the issues and how you can get involved.

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IMMIGRANTS LIVE IN NEW YORK. SECOND LARGEST POPULATION IN THE US. 92% LIVING IN THE CITY, LONG ISLAND AND THE HUDSON VALLEY.
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OF IMMIGRANTS IN THE HUDSON VALLEY ARE EMPLOYED. THEY MAKE UP 16% OF THE WORKFORCE.
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WERE ESTIMATED TO BE UNDOCUMENTED IN 2011

THE ISSUES

Deportation Risk

The new administration poses serious threats for the immigrant community. There is an approximate of 360, 000 immigrants in the Hudson Valley, 47% of whom are undocumented Americans. This, mostly Latin American, community has studied, worked and raised families in the Hudson Valley for decades. More than even now, we must pay attention to the administration of the Hudson Valley as they take control of the Temporary Protected Status program, “which allows immigrants from troubled and warn-torn nations to apply for two-year visas to remain in the U.S. There are 13 countries participating in the program, including Syria.” as the Poughkeepsie Journal Contributor, Jorge Fitz-Gibbon notes. 

Economic Impact

The immigrant community contributes 19% of the Hudson Valley local economy. This number includes the vast majority of undocumented Americans who make up a large portion of the New York Industries and farming operations located in the Hudson Valley area.

Beyond Economics: Family Impact

Often times the immigration conversation revolves around economics, neglecting the overlaying issue of the separation of families. With a larger proportion of the immigrant populations in the upstate regions concentrated in the metropolitan areas, there are also a larger number of first generation Americans in these areas. 

Fleeing Economic Despair and Violent Home Countries

Central America is the largest home region of US immigrants, according to 2014. Many, from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are fleeing violent environments due to corruption and gang violence. Due to economic and violent crisis, many cannot wait for a backlogged visa – especially after Pres. Obama paid for Mexico to keep these refugees, many of whom are children, in Mexico to be sent back to their home country. Children, mostly young girls under the age of 12, are becoming the most targeted group in these violent areas and the US has seen 117% increase in arrivals of this refugee group because of this.

FEDERAL LEGISLATION

The Good

Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals

The DACA passed through under the Obama Administration was a first step in the right direction. DACA was created to aid the ever growing population of undocumented youth so they can continue their education and find sustainable careers, without fear. However, as much as a relief this program gave, a fee is required to apply, the requirements are extremely specific and, after all of that, DACA does not lead to citizenship, but rather individuals are documented under this program and are safe from deportation. However, that safety can be easily revoked and that is why this act is only a step towards truly protecting undocumented communities.

The Bad

Oliver-Davis Act

This proposed act is extremely dangerous and would set a hard-to-reverse precedent in terms of immigrant communities. This Act would grant local and state officials the same power as ICE. This would create a culture of even more fear because that would make any officer able to question, profile and detain potentially undocumented immigrants with little to account for. Phone banking to your local congress and senate officials may help stop this overzealous and dangerous act.

SOLUTIONS

SOLUTIONS

SANCTUARY CITIES & CAMPUSES

Many college campuses and cities are newly declaring themselves ‘sanctuaries’ for vulnerable communities of immigrants, refugees and Muslim devoted people in the face of a Trump administration. Bard College is now a sanctuary campus, Vassar College is working with the city of Poughkeepsie to help with a new Syrian refugee population and Kingston has just declared itself a sanctuary city. This is a stance of solidarity with communities who give to our cities, our culture, our economy by saying ‘they are not criminals, we want them here.’ Click on any of the links above to see what the terms are being defined as, it is a sweeping national movement.

IMMIGRATION RESOURCES

IMMIGRATION NEWS

IMMIGRATION EVENTS

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