Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report, Volume XI, #25

Nov 21, 2014
The Serrano Report

On Capitol Hill

Congressman Serrano Applauds President Obama's Announcement of Executive Action on Immigration 

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY) applauded President Obama’s announcement of executive action to help fix our nation’s broken immigration system. The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will expand deferred action, increase unlawful presence waivers, invest in a smarter border security and deportation program, and help strengthen the U.S. economy. Click here for more information from the White House on the President’s announcement.

“President Obama’s announcement is a major victory and a historic moment for our community. This is an audacious plan that will help immigrants with deep ties in our country to come out of the shadows, help families stay together, strengthen our borders, and boost our economy. I applaud the President for his courage and leadership on this issue. President Obama is acting within his legal authority and joins every President for the past half century, both Democrats and Republicans, in taking executive action to protect immigrants in our country.

“Millions of people’s lives will be immediately impacted by this change in policy and won’t have to live under constant fear deportation and forced separation from their families thanks to the bold step forward the President has decided to take.  As the Representative of a District with a large number of immigrants from all parts of the world, this is welcome news for my constituents and for my community.

On November 13, 2014, Congressman Jose E. Serrano joined other members of Congress to urge President Obama to take ‘big and bold’ executive action on immigration.

“The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will immediately help strengthen the economy and improve working conditions in New York City by increasing the amount of money the government collects in payroll taxes and deterring unscrupulous employers from lowering labor standards through the hiring of undocumented workers. Foreign entrepreneurs who want to help grow our economy will also have expanded options to migrate to our country.

“Our borders and communities will also be more secure than ever. The President’s plan directs more resources to border security and seeks to implement a smarter border security strategy focused on criminals, not families. Undocumented immigrants will also have to register, go through background checks, and be held accountable for past actions. This will help promote safer communities everywhere and ensure everyone plays by the same rules. 

“This is a win-win for everybody. If Republicans didn’t like what they heard tonight, they need to come up with a better plan in response.

“Now we have to keep fighting for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country. Poll after poll has demonstrated overwhelming public support for fixing our broken immigration system. Republicans need to put politics aside, stop caving to the most extreme elements of their party, and join us at the table to finally pass the bipartisan bill that has been lingering in Congress for the past year and a half. Americans want courageous action- tonight the President did just that.”

Click here and here for local coverage of the President’s announcement.

Congressman Serrano on the Attack at Har Nof in Jerusalem

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano released the following statement in response to a terrorist attack that took place at a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem. The attack injured several people and claimed the lives of four individuals, including U.S. ciitizens Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky.

“I am extremely saddened to learn of the terrorist attack that took place this morning at a synagogue in West Jerusalem and ended the lives of four innocent individuals, three of whom were Americans,” said Congressman Serrano. “I utterly condemn this horrific and senseless act. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones, everyone present at the incident, and the Israeli people.”

Click here to read more on the attacks.


In The Bronx

Congressman Serrano Participates in Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightning Ceremony at the Bronx Botanical Garden

On Saturday November 15, 2014, Congressman José E. Serrano participated in the Bronx Botanical Garden’s annual Christmas tree and menorah lighting ceremony. The ceremony is part of the Holiday Train Show that is celebrated every year at the botanical garden. Senator Jose M. Serrano, Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and Councilman Andy Cohen also participated in the ceremony.

Congressman Serrano speaks at the Bronx Botanical Garden Annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightning Ceremony. (11/15/2014)


Grant Announcement

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

Deadline: February 8, 2015  

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has made funding available to support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans. These plans are expected to achieve the following: replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood; improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families; and create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods. All public housing agencies, local governments, for-profit entities, and nonprofit entities are encouraged to apply. A unit of local government must be either the Lead Applicant or the Co-Applicant in all applications. For-profit and nonprofit entities that apply must own the target housing.

Please follow this link for the full grant announcement