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Coalition Applauds NYS Board of Regents for Permanently Adopting Regulations Allowing DACA Recipients to Obtain Professional Licenses


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Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  E-mail: tyaku@nyic.org
New York  (Tuesday, May 17, 2016)

Coalition Applauds NYS Board of Regents for Permanently Adopting Regulations Allowing DACA Recipients to Obtain Professional Licenses

 Decision will Benefit Thousands of New Yorkers Now Able to Practice 57 Technical Professions

(New York, NY) Today the New York State Board of Regents announced that it would permanently adopt regulations to allow certain individuals who came to the United States as children to apply for licenses in 57 professions in New York State, including teaching, engineering, nursing, medicine, social work, and more.  
In February 2016, the Regents approved the proposed regulations, opening up the proposal to public comment. Advocates including the New York Immigration Coalition, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, CUNY Law, the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF) and NYCLU have expressed their unequivocal support for the decision, stating that the removal of these restrictions will boost New York’s economy and provide a much-needed workforce in critical professions. Today’s decision makes the regulation permanent.
The following is a statement from Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition.
“Today’s decision marks a momentous win for immigrant communities, and New York State as a whole.  With this step by the Board of Regents, DACA recipients and other immigrants - hundreds of thousands of New York's talented immigrant students who are educated in our schools and receive our diplomas, who wish only to contribute to their home state, can now access professional licenses and prosper in their careers by becoming teachers, doctors, nurses and engineers. We thank the Regents for acknowledging that these barriers to professional licenses were inefficient, unjust and only served to limit our State from reaching its full economic potential.”
While we celebrate this important first step, we will continue to advocate for other qualified immigrants and undocumented individuals to also receive the same opportunity. Our State continues to be in great need of individuals to practice these critical professions, and other immigrants - who have put themselves through vigorous professional schooling programs and deserve the opportunity to practice and give back to their community - deserve the chance to add their talents to New York State."
“To the Regents, we say thank you for setting the precedent that New York is a progressive and welcoming State that wants to do good by the very communities that make it great.”
The press statement from the New York State Board of Education can be found here.
The NYS Board of Regents Proposal can be found here.
The list of 57 professions overseen by the Board of Regents is here.
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.



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