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New York City Councilmembers Carlina Rivera (D-Manhattan), Justin Brannan (D-Brooklyn) and Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn) are planning on proposing a legislative package that will answer some of the demands of Los Deliveristas Unidos, a collective of largely immigrant food delivery workers. The bills propose letting workers use restaurant bathrooms, limiting where they will deliver, boosting their wages and ensuring they receive tips. According to a survey by Worker Institute at Cornell University, 67 percent of delivery workers were denied bathroom use in the past year. THE CITY
In other local immigration news…
A Man Detained in Batavia is Fighting to be Deported. ICE Has Cancelled His Flight 13 Times.
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David Hyfa Lorenzo John has been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for nearly two years. He was first held in Batavia’s Buffalo Federal Detention Center, and then was moved last July to a federal facility in Louisiana. After all that time, John decided he would rather be free, even if it meant he were deported. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement has cancelled his deportation flights 13 times. His first scheduled charter flight from Louisiana to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on July 24 was cancelled because ICE thought his travel documents were falsified, but they were not. Read more at Documented.
Documented Talks: The Future of Chinatown
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Manhattan’s Chinatown has suffered immensely since the beginning of the pandemic; from businesses closing to former president Donald Trump spreading false ideas about the connection between the coronavirus and China. Tomorrow at 4:30 pm, Documented will be hosting an online discussion with Rong Xiaoqing, a reporter for the Chinese-language newspaper Sing Tao Daily, to discuss the events of this past year and will shed light upon what the future may hold for Chinatown residents as they cope with loss of employment, declining business and rising rent dents, along with other issues. Those who will join her are Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown BID, Joanne Kwog, president of Pearl River Mart and Yin Kong, founder of Think! Chinatown. Register here for tomorrow’s free Zoom event.
NJ Undocumented Immigrants Will be Able to Get Driver’s Licenses Starting May 1
Benito Torres, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, has been residing in New Jersey for 17 years, but has struggled with daily activities because he hasn’t had a driver’s license. Over the past year, he has received several summonses for driving without a license. Starting May 1, Torres and hundreds of thousands of other undocumented New Jersey residents will be able to apply for a state driver’s license. Still, immigration advocates are worried there will be confusion as to where and how to get appointments and that it will be difficult for those who aren’t tech savvy to apply online. North Jersey
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