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CMS’ Staff Learns About Immigration Policy

Manuel Castro, immigration campaign organizer, gives a state of play on NYIC’s drivers license campaign in New York State.

On Thursday, March 6, 2014 New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) Campaign Organizer, Manuel Castro informed CMS staff about the current status of immigration policy on the federal and state level. CMS held its monthly staff meeting which concluded with a presentation from Manuel. He clarified the goals of New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform (NYRIR) and then he highlighted the goals of NYRIR for the upcoming year.

Manuel led his presentation by reminding CMS staff that the Immigration Bill (S.744) has not been voted on by the House of Representatives. As a result, some of the House of Representatives have introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R.15) in a move that they hoped would pressure the majority in the House to move forward on a legalization of a citizenship bill.

NYRIR has a three part plan if immigration reform does not pass. The coalition plans to bolster existing immigration legal services, increase civic engagement towards 2014 elections and strengthen advocacy on state and city efforts to create polices which support immigrants.Currently, NYRIR is working on the Driver’s License Campaign which advocates for drivers licenses in NYS for immigrants regardless of status.

At the end of his presentation Manuel fielded questions from staff members who were interested in understanding how to protect their clients from immigration consulting fraud.

For more information about NYRIR click here .