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A04660 Summary:

COSPNSRAshby, Burdick, Barrett, Thiele, Hevesi, Rivera J, Simon, Gottfried, Lawler, Morinello, Salka, Tague, Griffin, Sillitti, Walsh
Add §354-f, amd §§353 & 94-b, Exec L; add §255, Mil L
Establishes the Alex R. Jimenez New York state military immigrant family legacy program within the division of veterans' services.
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A04660 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the Alex R. Jimenez New York state military immigrant family legacy program   PURPOSE OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to establish a program that shall assist the foreign-born family members of New York State Veterans, discharged LGBT Veterans, and currently serving service members, as well as non-citizen service members or Veterans, to secure legal immigration status in the United States, including but not limited to citizenship.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section (1) of the bill is the title clause, the executive law is amended by adding a new section 354-f that establishes the Staff Sergeant Alex R. Jimenez New York state Military Immigrant Family Legacy Program. Subdivision 1 establishes the definitions used throughout the new section of 354-f. Subdivision 2 creates the Staff Sergeant Alex R. Jimenez New York State Military Immigrant Family Legacy Program within the Division of Veter- ans' Services and in conjunction with the Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The purpose of the program is to assist foreign-born family members of veterans and current service members in securing legal immi- gration status in the United States by means including naturalization and citizenship. Subdivision 3 delegates the administrative responsibility of choosing two program coordinators and outlines the coordinators' duties. Such duties include identifying, developing, and organizing all statewide programs to assist family members of veterans and current service members obtain special immigration status, communication with the Direc- tor of Veterans' Services and the Adjutant General to ensure policy and regulation compliance, serving as a liaison between relevant departments and organizations focusing on immigration and veteran services, facili- tating in the naturalization services of those family members in coordi- nation with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or other appropriate agencies, advocating for equal application of these services to all veterans and current service members, providing informa- tion on this new program as well as developing pamphlets to disseminate information and list the contributions of veterans and service members, and preparing research reports on the unique needs of foreign-born service members and veterans as a whole. Subdivision 4 provides that coordinators shall submit an annual report to the Director and the Adjutant General of the Division of Military Affairs to describe their activities over the year and program develop- ments. The Director and the Adjutant General of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs will then submit that report or summary to the Gover- nor, Speaker of the Assembly, and Temporary Six Presidents of the Senate within one month of receiving the coordinator report. Section 2 states that this act shall take effect immediately   JUSTIFICATION: The difficult and dangerous work of those that are currently serving in the military, as well as those who have served our country previously, should be recognized and rewarded by the State and by the country as a whole. Those who have and continue to serve in the armed forces display patriotism and perseverance for the values of democracy that continue to better our communities. As such, those that have served in the United States Military and their families receive the proper recognition and rights that they defended during their times of service. By providing an efficient program to expedite the naturalization process for veterans and current service members the State can properly acknowledge their hard work both in and out of the country. Additionally, all veterans who have completed their service to the United States, regardless of their sexual orientation or immigration status, will be equally covered by this program. By providing these services; New York State can thank its service members and their family members in a meaningful and impactful way.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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