Resolution K1169-2013

Memorializing the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2014

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  • May 7, 2014: referred to governmental operations

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION memorializing the United States Congress to pass
and the President to sign a comprehensive  immigration  reform  bill  in
2014

WHEREAS,  Immigrants  often  struggle  to thrive in this country and may
face significant hurdles when pursuing U.S. citizenship; and
  WHEREAS, Many undocumented immigrants are employed by  employers  that
violate  federal  and  state  labor  laws,  which  can lead to unpaid or
subminimum wages, lack of overtime  pay,  and  poor  or  unsafe  working
conditions; and
  WHEREAS,  Many  undocumented  immigrants  become victims of fraudulent
immigration services; and
  WHEREAS, Higher education is often impossible for  undocumented  immi-
grant youth to afford because their undocumented status makes them inel-
igible for many forms of financial aid; and
  WHEREAS,  4.5  million U.S. citizen children with at least one undocu-
mented parent are at risk of being separated from that parent; and
  WHEREAS, Congress has for many years considered legislation to address
the needs of immigrant families; and
  WHEREAS, The Development,  Relief,  and  Education  for  Alien  Minors
("DREAM") Act, introduced for the first time in 2001, would allow states
to  provide  higher  education benefits and a pathway to citizenship for
eligible undocumented immigrant youth; and
  WHEREAS, Attracting the Best  and  Brightest  Act  was  introduced  in
Congress  in  2012  to  grant  visas for immigrants who receive advanced
degrees in the science, technology, engineering or  mathematics  fields;
and
  WHEREAS,  The  Protect  our  Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation
(POWER) Act, introduced in Congress in 2011, sought to expand the U-visa
program to give immigrant victims of labor law violations  the  opportu-
nity to apply for legal status if they participated in the investigation
of their employer; and
  WHEREAS,  In  January  2013,  a  group  of U.S. Senators and President
Barack Obama proposed comprehensive  immigration  reform  frameworks  to
address the needs of immigrants living in the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  These  proposals  seek to establish a pathway to citizenship
for undocumented immigrants; end the  unlawful  hiring  of  undocumented
workers;  provide  visas  for immigrants who receive advanced degrees in
the science, technology,  engineering  or  mathematics  fields;  provide
incentives  to  undocumented  youth who want to pursue higher education;
and promote family unification; and
  WHEREAS, An effective comprehensive  immigration  reform  bill  should
also  modify  immigration  court proceedings to provide judges increased
discretion and provide defendants with a right to counsel, recognize and
prevent the crime of immigration service provider  fraud,  and  preserve
family unity by eliminating family numerical visa categories; and
  WHEREAS,  None  of these or other significant immigration reform meas-
ures have been enacted into law; and
  WHEREAS, Enactment of comprehensive immigration reform  could  benefit
the 475,000 undocumented immigrants in the New York State's labor force,
the  400,000  undocumented  children in New York State's public schools,
and thousands of U.S. citizen children who have at least one parent  who
is an undocumented immigrant; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2011,  according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 27.3% of the
State's workforce was comprised of immigrants; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That the Congress of the United  States  be  and  hereby  is
respectfully memorialized by this Legislative Body to pass and the Pres-

ident to sign a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2014; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the President of the Senate of the United States, the Speaker
of  the  House of Representatives, and to each member of the Congress of
the United States from the State of New York.

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