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AZ Immigrants Await Supreme Court Ruling on SB 1070

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Patricia and Pablo held arms outside the U.S. Supreme Court, hours before the highest tribunal in the nation heard arguments on the injunction of SB 1070, a controversial  Arizona law that would subject undocumented immigrants like them to incarceration and penalties.

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Rubio a DREAM Act For a Potential VP?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

While Sen. Rubio has not released details of his plan, just the suggestion that he’s getting into the debate has already created a buzz among conservatives, liberals and key Latino groups.

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Council Pressures Cuomo to Back State Dream Act

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other members of the Council rallied in support of the New York State Dream Act at City Hall on Tuesday – increasing pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo to add the act to the budget.

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Governor Andrew Cuomo joins us at 11:06am to discuss Tier VI and redistricting.

Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari will have highlights from the Assembly's budget.

Then, how can the state & municipalities earn revenue from hydrofracking, while at the same time, paying for the costs associated with it? It’s a question that Carol Chock and Dan Barber have been trying to figure out. They are part of a working group associated with the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG), which is urging New York State to refrain from issuing gas drilling permits until "it can capture appropriate taxes and fees and allocate them to cover costs to all levels of government, based on sound policy and verifiable data." Both Chock and Barber will join us to explain.

And the New York Immigration Coalition is pushing for a New York State version of the Dream Act that would provide TAP funding to illegal immigrants attending New York State colleges and universities. Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of the NY Immigration Coalition and 23 year old CUNY student Yajaira Saavedra will join us.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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Finding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

Monday, March 12, 2012

Immigration reform has been a hot button topic in this campaign cycle — but for all the talk, there hasn’t been much real action. As the government stalls on immigration reform, many private citizens are taking actions into their own hands. It’s a 21st century “Underground Railroad” of sorts — a network of Americans who are quietly finding ways to assist their undocumented neighbors and friends, particularly the young people whose parents brought them here illegally as children. About 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year.

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Help for College Students Who Are Illegal Immigrants

Friday, March 09, 2012

With the Dream Act bill in limbo in Albany, the New York Immigration Foundation, with help from the Korean American Community Foundation and labor groups, and the support of the Fund for Public Advocacy, put up the money to help 10 undergraduates in the City University of New York pay their tuition. More than 100 students applied for the aid, The Times says.

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Teachers' Morale Reaches 20-Year Low

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The outpouring of reaction to the release of the teacher data reports, as well as the stream of recent articles in blogs and other publications, has provided a pretty good sense of how many teachers in New York are feeling these days: disappointed, angry, depressed, put-upon and fed up. Now comes a new survey that shows those feelings are not just held by teachers in New York -- nor by an outspoken few.

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ARMS Act Would Give Undocumented a Military Path to Citizenship

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The ARMS act gives immigrant youth who were brought into the United States illegally as children the chance to change their status by attending college or joining the military under the DREAM Act.

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Explainer: Is Mitt Romney the 'Most Anti-Immigrant' Republican?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney the "most anti-immigrant" Republican candidate. Was he right?

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Opinion: Goodbye Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Hello Incrementalism

Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

President Obama’s State of the Union was largely a “dream” speech. The chances of comprehensive immigration reform happening is practically nil.

 

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SUNY Trustees Support Tuition Aid for Illegal Immigrants

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State University of New York trustees unanimously approved on Wednesday a resolution supporting a plan to offer state-sponsored tuition assistance, grants and scholarships to college-bound illegal immigrants who want to enroll in state schools.

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Bloomberg Unveils Ambitious Proposals for Schools

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's State of the City address includes proposals to attract, reward and evaluate teachers; open 100 new schools, including 50 charters; increase partnerships and efforts to connect students to college and careers; and help students obtain financial aid.

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Peeling Back Layers of Ethnicity to Learn More About Students

Friday, December 09, 2011

When the city and the state report high school graduation rates, they do not include any breakdowns for immigrant groups. Maybe it is time they did, a high school principal says.

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State Puts a Precise Cost on Helping Illegal Immigrant Students

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The cost to New York state for its version of a Dream Act was put at $627,428, a number so low when compared with other expenses the state has that the bill’s chief supporters -- the education commissioner, John B. King Jr., and the Board of Regents chancellor, Merryl H. Tisch -- hope it will help mollify some of the opposition the bill is bound to face.

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Immigrant Aid, Special Ed on Regents Agenda

Monday, November 14, 2011

The state's Board of Regents meets to vote on a measure to help illegal immigrants pay for college. The board will also vote on new rules affecting the delivery of special education services, including some that school districts say drive up costs.

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Podcast: Immigration Reform now Centers on DREAM Act

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The immigrant rights movement is changing. Just a few years ago its main focus was convincing Congress to pass a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. That never happened, and today the emphasis has shifted to the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide a path to legal status ...

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Regents Will Press Case for Tuition Aid for Illegal Immigrants

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Calling it a "high priority," the state’s education commissioner, John B. King Jr., on Tuesday discussed two measures to help K-12 students who are illegal immigrants attend college, including a proposal to provide tuition assistance to those attending public universities in the state.

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Regents to Vote on Test Security Changes and Dream Act

Monday, October 17, 2011

New York’s Board of Regents begins its two-day monthly meeting on Monday, and they are scheduled to take up two topics that have been in the news of late. The board will vote on whether to bar teachers from grading their own students’ standardized tests, which has been a longstanding practice. They will also take up whether to lobby Congress to pass the Dream Act that would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who go to college.

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Confusion and Frustration Over Obama’s Deportation Policy

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Obama administration’s latest immigration move—classifying young undocumented immigrants as low-priority for deportation—has caused celebration in some circles, consternation in others and a whole lot of confusion for undocumented individuals who have been desperate for a resolution of their situations.

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Obama Administration Signals DREAMer Reprieve

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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On Thursday Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent a letter to 22 Senators and White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director Cecila Muñoz issued a statement, both in essence saying that undocumented children and youth as well as others not deemed to be serious criminal threats will not be deported.

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