State of New York Archives: on Immigration


Zephyr Teachout: Immigrants are a pillar of our economy

Immigrants are woven into New York's social fabric and are a pillar of our economy. We invite them to come work in our cities, and our state is more rich & vibrant because they take us up on it. Yet many of our state policies regularly deny undocumented residents access to basic services like higher education and banking, as well as the right to drive a car or borrow a library book--even though they pay their share of taxes. This is not just unfair to immigrants--it makes us all worse off.

One group affected deeply is undocumented students, who must routinely forego higher education because they cannot access the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Without papers, there is no aid.

Another basic problem confronting undocumented residents is that they cannot get a driver's license. This forces them into situations where they are breaking the law every time they drop-off a child at school or make a trip to the hardware store, and fosters a culture of fear of law enforcement.

Source: 2014 N. Y. Senate campaign website, ZephyrTeachout.com Jul 2, 2014

Bob Turner: Wouldn't report illegal immigrant working in his own home

Asked if they would report to federal authorities a worker in their home who they found out was an illegal immigrant, Ms. Long and Mr. Maragos said yes; Mr. Turner said, "Probably not."
Source: New York Times on 2012 N. Y. Senate debates Jun 17, 2012

Joe DioGuardi: Shut down the borders before we reform anything

Immigration reform was among the issues that drew sharp contrasts between Gillibrand and DioGuardi. DioGuardi said he supports legal immigration. "But it seems to me right now that I would not look to reform anything until we looked at the whole picture and until we shut down the borders," he said. "We cannot allow porous borders in America."

But Gillibrand said the time is ripe for comprehensive immigration reform. She defended her previous opposition to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan to issue government IDs to undocumented immigrants, saying it's an issue best addressed on the federal level. "That is something I would certainly look into, and we want to make sure that folks have the ability to get an ID," Gillibrand said. "But it's best done in a comprehensive bill because these are all the issues that we need to actually address."

Source: WNYC News coverage of 2010 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Kirsten Gillibrand: Government IDs for illegals as part of comprehensive reform

Immigration reform was among the issues that drew sharp contrasts between Gillibrand and DioGuardi. DioGuardi said he supports legal immigration. "But it seems to me right now that I would not look to reform anything until we looked at the whole picture and until we shut down the borders," he said. "We cannot allow porous borders in America."

But Gillibrand said the time is ripe for comprehensive immigration reform. She defended her previous opposition to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan to issue government IDs to undocumented immigrants, saying it's an issue best addressed on the federal level. "That is something I would certainly look into, and we want to make sure that folks have the ability to get an ID," Gillibrand said. "But it's best done in a comprehensive bill because these are all the issues that we need to actually address."

Source: WNYC News coverage of 2010 N. Y. Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Rob Astorino: Illegal immigrants drive up costs of services

in a 2009 appearance on News 12 in Westchester "Newsmakers":

ASTORINO: We have to make a distinction here. County government has grown tremendously over the last 8 years... last 12 years... to the point where it is becoming unsustainable. Property taxes in Westchester are unsustainable. You can't keep doubling and tripling at the rate of inflation property taxes. It's driving people out. And when you say more people are moving in, that's not necessarily true.

HOST: Population is growing though in Westchester.

ASTORINO: But look who is coming in, they need more services. It's not people who necessarily can keep a house, it's people who are moving in from the Bronx or... you know, who is counted too, it could be illegal immigrants. And when you say illegal I don't want to make that into a nasty term, it's people who aren't here, legally, you know, and they do need services.

Source: News12 Westchester on 2014 N. Y. gubernatorial race Jul 2, 2009

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Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
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