“We believe in you. We want you. You are an asset and not a liability,” were some of the comments made by Jorge Montalvo, New York’s Deputy Secretary of State and Founding Director of the State’s Office for New Americans. Speaking at a forum titled “New York State and the Importance of Immigration,” which was part of a month-long celebration of immigrants and cultural diversity, Jorge Montalvo (himself a son of Ecuadorian immigrants) said government’s role is to promote and protect immigration. His comments come in the wake of anti-refugee rhetoric expressed by one particular Republican presidential candidate.
In the same token, the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants – USCRI – among others was mentioned for having established an office in Albany in 2005, and going on to resettle over 3100 refugees from more than a dozen countries. Full story here