New York City will spend $30 million per year on providing better services to immigrants, reported the Wall Street Journal on 31 October.
Said to be an initiative of the City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, more resources will be provided to the 3.1 million immigrants of Big Apple. The allocated amount is 114 percent more compared to 2014. International Business Times reported that New York is partnering with groups such as Make the Road New York, a not for profit group which supports Latino immigrants, and We Are New York, which imparts English language training free of cost to immigrants.
In 2014, New York City spent $14 million per year on immigrant services. Meanwhile, in 2015, as ActionNYC was launched, De Blasio pledged an amount of $7.9 million to help immigrants find free help to get work permits and citizenship. In the same year, IDNYC, the municipal Id Programme, was created to help immigrants get city benefits irrespective of the status they had.
Nisha Agarwal, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs commissioner, said that by offering such services the city would progress holistically.
She was quoted by the daily as telling the reporters that it was crucial for immigrant residents of New York to feel affiliated with their city government to realise that New York is making itself open and accessible to them.
A 2014 Pew Research Center study revealed that America was home to 11.1 million undocumented immigrants.
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