K00485 Summary:

BILL NO    K00485 

SAME AS    No Same As 

SPONSOR    Rozic


MLTSPNSR   Arroyo, Brennan, Brindisi, Buchwald, Camara, Cook, Crespo, DenDekker,
           Espinal, Fahy, Gjonaj, Glick, Goodell, Gottfried, Heastie, Jacobs,
           Jaffee, Kearns, Kim, Lupardo, Magnarelli, Maisel, Mayer, Miller,
           Millman, Mosley, Moya, Ortiz, Paulin, Peoples-Stokes, Perry, Roberts,
           Rodriguez, Rosa, Rosenthal, Russell, Scarborough, Sepulveda, Solages,
           Sweeney, Thiele, Titone, Titus, Weprin

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K00485 Actions:

BILL NO    K00485 

05/23/2013 referred to governmental operations
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K00485 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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K00485 Memo:

Memo not available
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K00485 Text:

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  urging  the New York State Congressional deleg-
ation to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation

WHEREAS, The United States is predominantly a nation of immigrants  that
draws strength from the diversity of its residents; and
  WHEREAS,  The  cultural  diversity  of immigrants to the United States
adds to the social fabric of this nation, and the new ideas and energies
immigrants contribute to the  economy  strengthening  the  nation  as  a
whole; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body believes in the human dignity of all
residents of the United States, regardless of their immigration  status,
and  recognizes the importance of the many contributions that immigrants
have made to the social and economic fabric of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Comprehensive immigration reform policies must  help  reunite
families and reduce immigration backlogs; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body supports immigration reform that keeps
families together, upholds our values as  a  nation,  promotes  economic
growth  and provides long-term solutions to the current problems result-
ing from our immigration system; and
  WHEREAS, Keeping families together not only is the right thing to  do,
but  is  also  good  for  the economy because families provide a base of
support that increases worker productivity and  spurs  entrepreneurship;
  WHEREAS,  Immigration  is a federal responsibility and a comprehensive
approach to solve our broken immigration  system  would  strengthen  our
state's  and nation's economy and free aspiring citizens to make an even
greater contribution to our communities; and
  WHEREAS, The  federal  government's  inability  to  enact  immigration
reform  has created severe economic, cultural and political strains here
and in communities across the country; and
  WHEREAS, Comprehensive immigration reform must update the legal  immi-
gration system so that the future flow of immigrant workers more realis-
tically  matches  our  nation's labor needs and is structured to protect
the wages and working conditions of U.S. and immigrant workers; and
  WHEREAS, Any new worker visa program must provide for  strict  compli-
ance  with U.S. labor standards and wage and hour standards; portability
of visas so that workers can change jobs; and the ability for workers to
petition for permanent residency; and
  WHEREAS, The reform of our nation's immigration system must occur in a
thoughtful manner which builds the strength and unity of working people,
and guarantees the same rights, obligations and basic fairness  for  all
workers, no matter their country of birth or origin; and
  WHEREAS,  Comprehensive  immigration  reform  must include a realistic
pathway to citizenship for all hardworking and taxpaying aspiring  citi-
zens who live in this country and meet reasonable requirements; and
  WHEREAS,  Comprehensive  immigration  reform  must  include  a funding
stream to address the entire spectrum of fiscal  impacts  that  will  be
experienced by state governments as a result of programs for guest work-
ers, earned legalization and increases in the number of immigrants; and
  WHEREAS, The United States is now home to some 11 million undocumented
immigrants, including millions of children brought to this country ille-
gally  who  have  grown  up  here and know no home other than the United
States; and
  WHEREAS, Children without legal  status  in  the  United  States  face
difficult  and  often  insurmountable  obstacles  to  such  resources as
obtaining education and employment, accessing health care and  acquiring
a driver's license; and
  WHEREAS,  Comprehensive  immigration  reform must provide a meaningful
opportunity for immigrant students to pursue a  college  education,  and
the passing of the DREAM Act must be central to any legislation; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  has  a special pride as a traditional "Gateway to
America," is home to many immigrants and is the capital of the "cultural
melting pot," which is New York's unique culture; and
  WHEREAS, New York, therefore, has a  strong  interest  in  immigration
policy  and  the  impact  it has on immigrants seeking a new life in the
United States; and
  WHEREAS, The New York economy is fueled by the labor of migrant  work-
ers;  it  is  imperative  that any temporary worker program must provide
workers with full labor and civil rights protections and the opportunity
to pursue legal permanent residency in the United States; and
  WHEREAS, Comprehensive immigration reform must  seek  to  improve  the
conditions  for migrant and seasonal workers, many of whom work in agri-
cultural jobs; if these conditions are  addressed  through  a  temporary
worker program, it must provide labor and wage protections and an oppor-
tunity for workers to pursue legal permanent residency; and
  WHEREAS,  In  particular, this Legislative Body must provide temporary
workers with full labor and civil rights, the  right  to  organize,  the
right  to  change  jobs and the right to remain with their families, and
must vigorously enforce these rights; and
  WHEREAS, Many migrants face significant barriers when they attempt  to
acquire  the  skills  needed  to participate in our nation's civic life;
those who wish to pursue English  Language  Learning  (ELL)  and  civics
instruction  often  face waiting lists or crowded classrooms; comprehen-
sive immigration reform provides a critical opportunity to  promote  ELL
and civic instruction and make more resources available for adult educa-
tion services; and
  WHEREAS,  United States immigration policies must actively promote the
civic integration of  newcomers  to  decrease  the  barriers  when  they
attempt  to  acquire  the  skills  needed to participate in our nation's
civic life such as English instruction and  civic  proficiency  courses;
  WHEREAS,  Naturalized  Latino and Asian citizens benefit from instruc-
tion in U.S. history and the importance of electoral participation,  and
vote  at  higher  rates  than  their  native-born  counterparts, thereby
strengthening our democracy; and
  WHEREAS, For example, in 2008, 45% of eligible native-born Asians  and
48%  of eligible native-born Latinos voted in the Presidential election,
compared to 49% of eligible naturalized Asian adults and 54% of eligible
naturalized Latino adults; and
  WHEREAS, The federal government must take action to reform  our  immi-
gration  laws  to  continue our heritage of immigration by incorporating
President Obama's Executive Order into law which grants work permits and
permission to stay in America for anyone brought to this country  before
they were 16 years of age, and by establishing a path to citizenship for
all immigrants who have not committed criminal offenses and protects the
unity; and
  WHEREAS, Our nation's security and public safety are best protected by
effective  and  fair  immigration  enforcement measures; our immigration
enforcement policies must not diminish the due process  rights  afforded
to our nation's residents, and sanctity of the family; and
  WHEREAS,  The  United  States  must  provide resources for immigration
enforcement and implement  enforcement  measures  that  will  accomplish
these goals in an effective and humane manner; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  the  New  York  State Congressional delegation be and
hereby is respectfully memorialized by this Legislative  Body  to  enact
comprehensive  immigration  reform legislation that addresses (1) earned
legalization with a path to citizenship; (2) updated future  immigration
of  families  and  workers; and (3) improved immigration enforcement and
border  security  that is consistent with our nation's values; and be it
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to each member of the Congressional delegation from the State of
New York.
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