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As climate change conference opens, one CA city takes action; Israel and Hamas extend Gaza truce by one day in a last-minute deal; WV could lose hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding.

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An expulsion vote looms for Rep. George Santos, the Ohio Supreme Court dismisses lawsuits against district maps and the Supreme Court hears a case which could cut the power of federal agencies.

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Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

NYC Immigrant Rights Groups Seek Better Budget Provisions

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023   

Immigrant's rights advocates are displeased with the provisions
for New York City's budget. According to New York City Mayor Eric Adams budget proposal, the city could be caring for 70,000 asylum seekers by June 2024, costing the city around $4.3 billion. Critics also said the proposal is unduly expensive, but New York City will keep welcoming immigrants.

"In the school system we need a three million dollar investment in English Language Learner Transfer School Programs. We need an additional 75 million dollars to hire additional social workers to help support students in need, especially newcomers," said Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director of New York Immigration Coalition.

Awadeh added they city needs other programs to help immigrants, including renewed funding for legal services programs through a $31.1 million investment for Action-N-Y-C and Admin Immigrant Opportunity Initiative. Meanwhile, the recently passed New York State budget allocates $43 million for additional funding for the Office for New Americans. This provides immigrants with free legal services, mental health support, workforce development, and English language learning.

But, Awawdeh explained the Adams Administration has been scapegoating immigrants as a means of passing off failures. This comes as Mayor Adams announced he will be bussing willing migrants
to communities throughout Upstate New York following the end of Title 42. Awawdeh said the city's leadership needs to aspire to different goals when it comes to immigrants.

"What we do need is for leadership in this moment to unite people, to serve people, and to ensure that our city is building up the infrastructure it needs to continue to be a beacon of hope for all people across the world who want to come here," Awawdeh continued.

He added after three years of the Covid-19 pandemic, people need to have employment, educational and legal supports in place to ensure they're on the road to a stable recovery.


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