Context of NYC

Questions to Think About:

– What are the political, economic and cultural factors that underlie our immigration system?

– What are the larger political/economic processes that shape how undocumented students navigate the educational system?

– How does being undocumented influence how students navigate the educational system in New York City public schools?

– What role can educators play in making schools safer places for undocumented students and families?

Understanding the Context of New York City: An Immigration, Education and Policy Fact Sheet

  • Immigrants represented 36.4 percent of the City’s population in 2008 (twice the 1970 share) and 43 percent of the workforce (Office of the State Comptroller, 2010).

  • The neighborhoods with the highest concentration of immigrants include Elmhurst/Corona, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside/Woodside, and East Flatbush.

  • According to the New York Immigration Coalition, 40 to 60,000 undocumented youth are now enrolled in school or are high school graduates.

  • Approximately 4,500 undocumented youth graduate from New York high schools every year (NYSYLC, 2012). Only 5-10% of these students pursue a college education.

  • An estimated 146,000 youth in New York who have been educated in New York public schools are currently ineligible to receive financial aid under federal and state law (NYSYLC, 2012).

  • There are 110,000 total potential deferred action beneficiaries in New York State.

  • From October 2005 through December 2010, ICE apprehended over 34,000 New Yorkers. (Families for Freedom, 2012).

  • From 2008 to 2010, ICE averaged 7,417 apprehensions per year, nearly a 60% increase since 2006, the first full year covered by the data.

Resource:

http://www.mbpo.org/uploads/ImmigrationRightsManual2013.pdf

Sources:

New York Office of the State Comptroller. (2010). The Role of Immigrants in the New York City Economy. Retrieved from http://www.osc.state.ny.us/osdc/rpt17-2010.pdf

NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, Immigrant Defense Project, and Families for Freedom. (2012). Insecure Communities, Devastated Families: New Data on Immigrant Detention and Deportation Practices in New York City. Retrieved from  http://familiesforfreedom.org/sites/default/files/resources/NYC%20FOIA%20Report%202012%20FINAL%20Aug.pdf

“Hundreds of Undocumented Students Visit Legislators and Rally in Albany.” New York State Youth Leadership Council. March 5, 2012. http://www.nysylc.org/2012/03/hundreds-of-undocumented-students-visit-legislators-and-rally-in-albany/

Immigration Policy Center. http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/

New York Immigration Coalition. http://www.thenyic.org/

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