Saturday, November 27

Hispanics ask the next mayor and councilors for millions of dollars in funds for immigrants in New York


Pro-immigrant protest in NYC, Fall 2019.

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The Hispanic Federation of New York, a non-profit organization that works to empower Latinos in the city, announced the recommendations that they consider should be a priority for the next mayor and councilors who are elected in the November 2 elections.

The 70 page document titled “The Big Apple: The Way Forward for New York City’s Latino Community” was developed after consultation with several of its member organizations. Recommendations for improving the lives of an estimated 2.5 million Hispanics in NYC include: more Latino appointments to municipal government.

To achieve this, the report suggests that a permanent Hispanic Appointments Advisory Committee be established to make recommendations to the President of the City Council.

The document also recommends electing a council president who is of Latino origin to meet the needs of this growing population. That has only happened once in history, when Melissa Mark Viverito He held that position between 2014 and 2017.

He also suggests strengthening Latino nonprofit organizations increasing the Stabilization Fund for Nonprofits to $ 50 million for five years to support such groups led by people of color.

Improving education is another key point on that agenda and among the recommendations is the creation of a fund of $ 25 million to support college costs for undocumented students who are not eligible for federal scholarships and other financial aid.

They have also proposed raise funds for the Immigrant Opportunities Initiative to $ 60 million – which offers legal help on immigration matters and translation assistance, among other benefits – to serve 400,000 new New Yorkers.

Recommendations further include changes to the criminal justice system, environmental justice and health, as well as expanding opportunities for Latinos in the areas of art and culture, the agency summarized EFE.

“This plan serves as an ambitious but urgently necessary roadmap for the recovery of the Latino communities of our city, which have been disproportionately affected “by the coronavirus, stated Frankie Miranda, president of the Hispanic Federation, that brings together a hundred organizations that provide various services to the Latino community. “We hope that our next Mayor and City Council will work with us to address the needs of our communities as outlined in these recommendations.”


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