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NICE member: Tener un ID es indispensable

NICE member at press conference on Municipal IDs coming to NYC

Video: NICE member at press conference

We are one step closer to bringing municipal identification cards to New York City. Last week, the New York City Council introduced legislation that would create an identity card program for New York City residents. The initiative is also a top priority for Mayor Bill De Blasio.

“We will protect the almost half-million undocumented New Yorkers, whose voices too often go unheard,” the mayor said during his first State of the City speech. “We will reach out to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status — issuing municipal ID cards available to all New Yorkers this year — so that no daughter or son of our city goes without bank accounts, leases, library cards… simply because they lack identification. To all of my fellow New Yorkers who are undocumented, I say: New York City is your home too, and we will not force ANY of our residents to live their lives in the shadows.”

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#2million2many NYC Groups Rally to Urge White House Action

#2million2many Stop Deportations

Rally to Stop Deportations, April 5 at 26 Federal Plaza at 11 AM.

On April 5th,  New York City immigrant workers and families joined forces on the national day of action to stop deportations #Not1More Deportation campaign by rallying outside the ICE building at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan.

The protest was prompted by the record deportations under the Obama administration which are anticipated to hit the milestone of two million removals since he took office. They say their families can’t wait for relief and that the President doesn’t have to wait for Congress to use his executive authority to stop the suffering. He could expand the deferred action program he created for immigrant youth and suspend deportations immediately.

In New York City, immigrant workers face the consequences of the Obama policy every day. Workers live in fear of speaking out about wage theft and other exploitative working conditions; some wage earners cannot drive because they are unable to obtain licenses; children face separation from their families, all because of an unjust and inhumane system which the Obama administration insists on defending.

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Communities Unite Against Fraudulent Employment Agencies

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NICE members perform the play, Ana busca trabajo

On Friday, January 31st, over one hundred low-wage workers and supporters came together in a community forum to call for an end to fraudulent practices by employment agencies. The forum included a play by immigrant community members, testimonies by diverse immigrants who had been victimized by employment agencies, and comments by policy experts and government officials including representatives from the Department of Consumer Affairs and the State Attorney General’s office.

“Our goal is to bring justice to immigrant job seekers and other low-wage job seekers in New York State,” says Valeria Treves, Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) convener of the Justice for Job Seekers Campaign, “In addition to community outreach and education, and demanding increased action from enforcement agencies; we seek changes to New York State laws that will deter employment agency abuse, facilitate enforcement of laws governing employment agencies, empower job seekers and improve the job market for low wage workers.”

Testimonies delivered by a diverse set of immigrant jobseekers revealed  Continue reading Communities Unite Against Fraudulent Employment Agencies