Testimony for the New York City Council Committees on Immigration and Small Business Joint Hearing

Win supports the bills and resolutions introduced by City Council that will improve new arrivals’ access to IDNYC cards, work authorization, and employment opportunities, and urge the Council to also support Congress’ bipartisan Let Asylum Seekers Work Act, which would reduce the arbitrary waiting period for asylum applicants to receive work authorization from 180 days to 30 days. However, without adequate investments in immigration legal assistance, comprehensive case management services, and workforce development programs, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, it will be very challenging for asylum seekers and migrant families to obtain legal status, secure employment, and exit into permanent housing.