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Economic Benefits of Immigration

Immigration is good for the U.S. economy as a whole and the New York economy specifically. Immigration is key to filling workforce needs, creating new businesses, building up our tax base and fueling innovation. Read more about how immigrants benefit the economy.

Neighbors Link
Neighbors Link3 days ago
Our Director of Operations and Community Engagement Luisa Granda-Rodriguez speaking about our work helping asylum seekers resettle in the Hudson Valley at the symposium on Effective Resettlement Strategies for Asylum-Seekers and Other New Arrivals today. Thank you all for a great discussion!
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Neighbors Link3 days ago
Únase a nuestro NUEVO programa de Limpieza Ecológica 2.0. ¡Trataremos nuevas técnicas ecológicas, recetas, conocimientos de inglés y mucho más! Contacte a Denisha al 914-893-9964 o por correo electrónico a dhilario@neighborslink.org
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Neighbors Link1 week ago
Thank you so much to Shames JCC on the Hudson Generation Forward! The group prepared 100 playground bags from Alexandra's Playground benefiting students at our Learning Links Program. Smiles were abundant as students excitedly received their backpacks which included a book, soccer ball, exercise band, a frisbee and more! We're so appreciative of this donation which will add to our clients' summer fun!

¡Muchas gracias a Generation Forward de Shames JCC! El grupo preparó 100 bolsas de juegos de Alexandra's Playground en beneficio de los estudiantes de nuestro Programa Learning Links. ¡Las sonrisas fueron abundantes cuando los estudiantes recibieron con entusiasmo sus mochilas que incluían un libro, un balón de fútbol, una banda de ejercicios, un frisbee y más! ¡Apreciamos mucho esta donación que aumentará la diversión del verano de nuestros clientes!
Neighbors Link
Neighbors Link1 week ago
All New Yorkers, regardless of their language proficiency, should have meaningful access to essential services, resources, and information provided by state and county agencies!

Please call on Speaker Carl Heastie to advance the Language Access Expansion Act! Phone number and sample script are in the graphic.
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Neighbors Link2 weeks ago
Last month, members of Neighbors Link Community Law Practice had the opportunity to attend Westchester County Bar Association's Annual Banquet with keynote speaker Honorable Edwina G. Richardson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives, NYS Unified Court System.

Congratulations on a great event Westchester County Bar Association!
Neighbors Link
Neighbors Link2 weeks ago
Neighbors Link is concerned about President Biden’s executive order which significantly limits asylum-seekers who cross the southern border.

As a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants, Neighbors Link is troubled by the implications of this executive order on vulnerable individuals fleeing life-threatening situations in their home countries. The right to seek asylum is firmly rooted in both federal U.S. immigration law and international law. Any application of Section 212(f) that undermines these legal commitments will be swiftly challenged in court and is unlikely to prevail. Section 212(f) is designed to address issues of national security, not to serve as a tool for domestic policy adjustments.

It is widely recognized that our immigration system is broken and fails to serve the economic interests of the United States, which has a critical need for an expanded workforce, or the individuals seeking protection from violence and persecution.

However, implementing broad restrictions does not address the underlying issues at the border. Instead, such measures exacerbate the suffering of those fleeing persecution, leaving them stranded in dangerous conditions in Mexico. Moreover, these restrictions incentivize traffickers to resort to even more perilous methods to smuggle desperate individuals between ports of entry.

During our recent visit to the McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Mexico border crossings, what we have observed is that people want to follow legal pathways to enter the United States. For instance, the Biden administration's creation of humanitarian and family reunification pathways for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans has led to a decrease in irregular arrivals from those countries.

Recent statistics highlight the vital contributions of immigrants to our economy. Immigrants fill essential gaps left by outmigration, an aging population, and lower birth rates. In 2023, immigrants made up 18.6% of the U.S. labor force, and they are crucial in industries like healthcare, agriculture, and technology. Studies have shown that immigrants contributed nearly $2 trillion to the U.S. GDP in 2020. Furthermore, immigrants play a significant role in innovation, accounting for 44% of U.S. patents and founding over 40% of Fortune 500 companies.

What we need are policies that expand legal pathways to protect individuals fleeing violence and persecution and to meet the growing workforce needs of the United States. We urge the administration to focus on commonsense policies that provide humane and practical solutions such as addressing the immigration court backlog and expanding existing legal pathways. By doing so, the United States can obtain the workers it urgently needs, ensure vulnerable people receive the protection they deserve, and keep families together.

Our Annual Impact – 2023 Numbers

9,200

Immigrants Served

1,879

Legal Cases

12,400

Volunteer Hours

1,500

English Language Learners

What We Do

ESOL and Adult Education

At the core of our mission, education programs provide immigrants with essential tools for social inclusion and economic mobility.

Family Center

The Family Center empowers immigrant families with parent education programs, early childhood development and academic support for children and connections to related community resources.

Workforce Development

All workers deserve equal workplace rights and protections as well as opportunities to grow their skills.

Community Law Practice

Providing a full array of immigration legal services, from citizenship applications to removal proceedings.

Community Engagement

Neighbors Link provides community education programs on a wide range of issues related to immigration.

Support Services

Crisis and support services are provided on medical issues, employment, food insecurity and other issues through an extensive network of partnerships.

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