New York Attorney General Urges DHS to Expedite Work Authorization for Migrants

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(WNY News Now) – New York Attorney General Letitia James has called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to promptly grant work authorization permits to new migrants.

New York – New York Attorney General Letitia James and a coalition of 19 attorneys general have appealed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for swift action to provide work authorization permits to newly arrived migrants. This move comes as a response to persistent delays and bureaucratic bottlenecks preventing migrants from accessing employment opportunities and putting undue pressure on state resources.

In an official letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the coalition led by Attorney General James emphasized the urgent need to rectify the obstacles that hinder migrants from contributing to the workforce and establishing a stable life in the United States. The delays not only impede the chances of immigrants realizing stability but also adversely impact the economy by depriving businesses of essential labor.

Attorney General James remarked, “For generations, immigrants have sought opportunities in New York to better their lives, and recent arrivals are no exception. However, the bureaucratic hurdles and lack of work permits are robbing them of a chance at a brighter future.” She further stressed that these challenges hurt not only individuals but also the economy at large, adding that immigrants have played a pivotal role in building the state and deserve respect and equal access to opportunities.

To address these challenges, the coalition is urging the federal government to take specific actions:

Grant work authorization when new migrants are allowed to remain in the United States.

Standardize the permitted time allowed in the United States and streamline renewal processes.

Implement automatic renewal of work authorization permits alongside immigration status renewals.

Enable online applications for work authorization with fee waivers to streamline and expedite the process.

Joining Attorney General James in this call for action are attorneys general from Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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