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How Much Would It Cost New York to Insure Low-Income Undocumented People?

Plus: An outdated system is preventing New York City street vendors from getting permits

Fisayo Okare

Mar 30, 2022

HHS facilities in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

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Legislative sources say New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is negotiating a deal on health care coverage for undocumented New Yorkers, but she has a vastly different cost estimate for the program, which has prevented it from moving forward. Lawmakers have said that extending the Essential Plan — a state-funded insurance option for low-income New Yorkers — to undocumented immigrants would cost about $345 million. But Hochul’s team told lawmakers they put the cost at $1.9 billion in the first year. City & State NY

In other local immigration news…

An Outdated System is Preventing Street Vendors From Getting Permits

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Peréz has spent nearly 25 years trying to get a food vendor permit, which is required to legally sell food from a cart on the streets of New York City. She said the police have fined her multiple times in the past for not having a permit.“The [authorities] know that the permits are not available, so why do they keep targeting us?” she said. Peréz has a mobile food vending license, which allows her to prepare and serve food, but she has not been able to obtain a vending permit. Permits were severely limited until last year, when the New York City Council passed legislation to add 4,000 supervisory licenses — permits attached to a person rather than a cart — over the next decade, starting in July of this year. Read more on Documented

How the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 Upheld Controversial Immigration Quotas

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The latest addition to Documented’s Glossary — a resource guide full of information on the U.S. immigration system — is a detailed examination of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, also known as the McCarran-Walter Act. Rather than fix the controversial policies in place before the 1950s that favored immigrants from northern and western European countries, the INA reinforced them by upholding and codifying a quota system that allowed more immigrants from countries with larger populations already in the U.S. and disallowed those who weren’t already in the country. Continue reading on Documented

Fisayo Okare

Fisayo writes Documented’s "Early Arrival" newsletter and "Our City" column. She is an MSc. graduate of Columbia Journalism School, New York, and earned her BSc. degree in Mass Comm. from Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.




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