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Immigration Policy Forum


Rockefeller Institute of Government
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Co-Sponsored by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and the Rockefeller Institute of Government

To RSVP, please contact michele.charbonneau@rockinst.suny.edu or call (518) 443-5258 by April 27th.

This forum on state government immigration policy will feature New York State Secretary of State Cesar Perales, speaking on “Protecting Immigrants from Immigrant Assistance Service Fraud” and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, chair of the Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and chair of the Task Force on New Americans, speaking on “Immigrant Integration in an Epoch of Anti-Immigration Policies.”

This forum engages key policymakers from both the executive and legislative branches to discuss achievements and new initiatives to help new immigrants and refugees, as well as assist permanent residents become U.S. citizens. As comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level has stalled, the states are increasingly passing legislation and implementing initiatives to further immigrant integration. New York is among the handful of states with an Office for New Americans. Working together with a taskforce in the legislature, the Office for New Americans has developed innovative programs that are increasingly referenced across the country, most recently in the “Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration” issued on April 14th by the White House Task Force on New Americans.

Funding for this program was made possible by the MacArthur Foundation.