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NICE Statement on Obama’s Delay of Administrative Relief

not1morePresident Obama disregards immigrant workers by delaying, once again, issuing an executive order granting administrative relief to millions of immigrants in the U.S. 

“Every day that President Obama fails to act, immigrant workers, who are backbone of this country, continue to suffer.  With 1,100 immigrants deported every day, President Obama is implicitly giving the go ahead on an additional 70,000 deportations between now and November,” states Valeria Treves, executive director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment. “The threat and reality of deportation undermines workers’ ability to organize, and helps to perpetuate exploitative conditions that hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers face on a daily basis.  We will continue to hold the president and our congress accountable.  This November is the President’s last chance to make good on his very overdue promise.”

NICE to host a candidate forum in Flushing, Queens

Forum FlyerA coalition of community-based, advocacy and social services organizations will host a non-partisan candidate  forum for New York State Senate District 11.  The event, scheduled for 6:30PM on Tuesday, August 19th at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, will feature both the incumbent Senator Tony Avella, and the challenger John Liu.  Ruschell Boone, NY1’s Queens Reporter, will moderate the forum.

The heated contest between Avella and Liu is one of the year’s most closely watched elections, given Avella’s membership in the Independent Democratic Conference, a faction of five New York state senators that play a key role in the state’s current political structure.  The senate’s near-equal balance between Republican and Democratic members means the IDC’s block vote is often the key to a bill’s passage or failure.

With both Democratic candidates confirmed to attend, and the Green Party candidate also invited, the event’s organizers expressed their anticipation of an informative forum for their members and the community.  NICE members, some who reside in district 11, are eager to hear where the candidates stand on key issues that affect them, namely ending wage theft and employment agency fraud, and expanding immigrant rights through NYS drivers’ licenses.

The 11th Senate District covers a large part of Northeast Queens, including portions of Flushing, College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Briarwood, Jamaica Hills, Little Neck, Fresh Meadows, Murray Hill, Auburndale and Glen Oaks.

The event is open to the public.

Justice for Job Seekers Campaign Gets Boost from NY Attorney General Agreements with Five Predatory Employment Agencies

J4JS cropped logoJuly 11, 2014 – The Justice for Job Seekers Campaign received a boost this week when New York’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has reached an agreement with five New York City employment agencies to end predatory practices targeting vulnerable job seekers. The campaign, being conducted by a coalition of New York community organizations of which NICE is a part, is calling on the state to crack down on predatory employment agencies and increase protections for job seekers through legislation introduced in the New York State legislature this year by Assemblyman Francisco Moya and Senator Diane Savino (A. 09742/S. 07742).

Every day, predatory employment agencies take advantage of our most vulnerable population, unemployed low-wage and immigrant workers desperate for work. Agencies routinely charge fees without providing a service, demand exorbitant fees for job placements, and refer workers to jobs that pay below the minimum wage. Continue reading Justice for Job Seekers Campaign Gets Boost from NY Attorney General Agreements with Five Predatory Employment Agencies