Target: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
Goal: Praise New York City for new initiative to support undocumented youth
New York City’s City Council Speaker Christine Quinn recently announced a new program that will provide funding specifically for initiatives to help undocumented immigrants. This program was started after the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program began that will give temporary legal status to undocumented youth.
The initiative in New York City allocates $18 million towards various programs that provide education to undocumented immigrants. These programs include GED classes and other adult education classes that set students up for a high school diploma. These classes will help immigrants to qualify for DACA, for which individuals need to have or be working towards a diploma or GED. DACA applies to individuals who came to the United States before they turned sixteen and were younger than thirty-one in June of 2012, giving work permits or Social Security cards to those individuals who fall into those qualifications and also the educational standards.
This large amount of funding will be very helpful in providing resources to undocumented youth who may be able to qualify for DACA, as currently in New York City about 79,000 immigrant youth qualify under other criteria, but only 16,000 of those individuals have the educational qualifications necessary according to the New York Daily News. Many undocumented youth are unable to finish school and receive their diploma because of monetary concerns, language barriers, or interrupted educations due to their immigrant status. Providing these individuals with extra educational support through adult education and GED classes will give them the opportunity to receive their diploma and qualify for better jobs with higher wages and benefits, as well as apply to DACA.
By signing the petition below you will be supporting New York City’s initiative to support undocumented immigrants in the city.
Dear Christine Quinn,
Undocumented immigrants are an inestimable resource for the United States due to their talent, intelligence, and drive. Youth especially face barriers in our society in terms of their education, and it is incredibly important to support undocumented youth in their struggle to receive education and obtain a job.
I am writing you to commend you for your decision along with other officials in New York City to support these youth in a significant way by allocating $18 million to adult education programs in the city. Empowering youth with education so that they can qualify for DACA will give many immigrants the opportunities they deserve, and this program is a great step towards creating a better future for the undocumented youth of New York City.
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