Melissa Introduces Three Resolutions Calling for Reforms to our Immigration System

Yesterday, Melissa introduced a package of resolutions that call for reforms to our immigration system: just and humane immigration reform, an end to the 287(g) enforcement program and protections for immigrant detainees.

She also introduced a component of the City Council’s plan to expand recycling in NYC, which will require the Department of Sanitation to hold one annual event in each borough for the collection of household hazardous waste products, with the goal of increasing the number of events or making collection sites permanent.

Additionally, Melissa joined Council Member Rosie Mendez in introducing a resolution urging Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño to meet with labor unions on the island and to explore alternatives to the privatization of government services.

Here is a list of yesterday’s introductions, including links to read the full text of the legislation:

  • Int 162 (with Speaker Quinn)To require one annual household hazardous waste collection event in each borough.
  • Res 162: Calling upon the United States Congress to pass and President Obama to sign a just and humane comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2010.
  • Res 163Urging the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign the Protect Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Detention Act and the Strong Safe Treatment, Avoiding Needless Deaths, and Abuse Reduction in the Detention System (STANDARDS) Act, two bills that will reform the U.S. immigration detention system.
  • Res 164Resolution urging President Obama to put an end to the 287(g) program, an immigration enforcement program that is causing an increase in racial profiling and civil rights abuses in localities throughout the United States.
  • Res 165 (by Council Members Mendez and Mark-Viverito): Urging Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño to meet with the labor unions representing Central government workers in Puerto Rico to discuss alternative solutions to the economic crisis and reduce the privatization of important government functions, for the benefit of all Puerto Ricans including the thousands who live in, or have relatives who live in, New York City.

Both Int 162 and Res 162 will be heard by their respective committees beginning this month.

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