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Immigrant Families Will Gather to Demand Pathway to Citizenship

Plus: How the taxi medallion crisis impacted immigrants, and New Jersey renews its search for a missing 7-year-old girl

Today, immigrant families will gather for a vigil demonstration at this year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting ceremony, where they’ll urge U.S. Senate Democrats to offer a pathway to citizenship in the Build Back Better Act. The Senate parliamentarian already rejected the provision twice, but House members led by New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Adriano Espaillat, Grace Meng, and others recently signed a letter urging Senate leaders to “reinstate a  pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers, and essential workers in the Senate’s version of the reconciliation bill.” The vigil demonstration today is led by the New Immigrant Community Empowerment.

In other local immigration news…

How the Taxi Medallion Crisis Impacted Immigrants

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Last month, the De Blasio administration finally agreed to a taxi medallion debt restructuring plan — a major win for the 25,000-member New York Taxi Workers Alliance. What was the cause of the years-long crisis in the first place? Drivers were deceived in the early aughts, forced into bankruptcy the following years, and the city was a big part of the problem. We wrote an explainer you won’t find anywhere else. Read more at Documented.

Search Renewed for Missing Girl in New Jersey

Cumberland County, New Jersey, authorities shared the potential present image of Dulce Maria, who was 5 years old when she went missing at Bridgeton City Park in 2019. Dulce Maria’s father lives in Mexico, and she is the daughter of American-born Noema Alavez Pérez. The mother’s boyfriend, an undocumented immigrant, has been the only person arrested in the case, but he has not been charged. Authorities investigating the case say immigrants living in the community are hesitant to speak out of fear related to their immigration status. New York Post, NJ.com

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