Proposed Legislation Would Grant New York’s Immigrants State “Citizenship”

Proposed Legislation Would Grant New York’s Immigrants State “Citizenship”Hispanically Speaking News

A group led by New York state Sen. Gustavo Rivera launched Monday a campaign that proposes awarding state “citizenship” to the estimated 2.7 million immigrants who live in the Empire State, regardless of their immigration status.

“We have failed with immigration reform nationally and what we want is to provide an opportunity for the almost 3 million people who live and contribute to the public treasury in our state to take part in its political, civic and economic life,” Rivera told Efe Monday before introducing the bill.  

Dubbed the New York Is Home Act, the bill contemplates granting citizenship to immigrants who can show they have lived in the state and paid their taxes for the past three years, and who promise to obey state laws, continue paying their taxes and agree to serve on a jury.

Immigrants who fulfill these requisites will receive a new document allowing students to pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid to attend state universities, be eligible for healthcare under Medicaid, obtain a driver’s license, have the right to vote in local and state elections and even run for public office.

“We’re starting out here in New York but the idea is to extend this movement across the country to other states like California, Illinois and Texas, and to treat our fellow workers, students and store owners as they deserve,” Rivera said.

The campaign that kicked off Monday at Manhattan’s Battery Park, with the Statue of Liberty in the background, has the backing of political and religious leaders of the region, along with the support of organizations like the Center for Popular Democracy, Make the Road New York and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

3 thoughts on “Proposed Legislation Would Grant New York’s Immigrants State “Citizenship”

  1. I happen to think this is not only a good idea but could be a missed opportunity for, say, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. State citizenship applications should be made available at the state immigration office and must be filled out on site and in person. At the bottom of the application in “fine print” there should be a disclaimer in “fine print” that states; “Those applying for state citizenship must be at the time of application also a u.s. citizen. Those not meeting this requirement at the time of application will be subject to all state and federal immigration laws and will be subject to immediate arrest and subsequent deportation.”
    Just have the busses lined up and start running them 24 hours a day or go back to medieval times and have catapults lined up along the river.

  2. Citizenship? I’m not an American citizen. I’m not subjected to any state or country. I’m an American NATIONAL! F**k their citizenship!

  3. Yea that’s right, Henry. How can illegals pay taxes? They would need to fill out a W4 form in which they would need a Social Security number to do that and pass an E-verify. So if they don’t do all of that, it’s illegal and a Federal offense and imprisonment. So how are they getting jobs?

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