• On Immigration

    Presented by: City & State

     Nov 1, 2017

     New York, NY

Past Event Features

Time & Date:
Wednesday, November 1
8:00am – 11:15am

Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place

Past Event Features

The 2017 On Immigration conference will bring together over 250 industry professionals from across the state including: policymakers, immigration officers, community development leaders and lawyers. This event presents an opportunity for government and industry executives to tackle the most important policy, management and leadership issues affecting New York's immigration efforts and program. . If you are in the immigration industry as a political leaders, advocacy group or business in New York this is a must-attend event.


8:00 am Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:45 am Keynote Remarks by NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

9:15 am New Yorkers and the DACA

The Trump administration announced in September it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ordered by the Obama administration in 2012. It changed the lives of about 42,000 New Yorkers. What does this mean for the Dreamers and what is New York doing to protect them? What is New York’s version of the Dream Act and its effect on its immigrants? Speakers will address the new executive orders, the ongoing legal efforts to assist both those at the border and people seeking to travel to the United States.


  • Steven Choi, Esq. Executive Director, The New York Immigration Coalition (moderator)
  • Jenifer RajkumarEsq., Executive Chamber of Office of Governor Cuomo
  • Bitta Mostofi, Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Assemblymember Michaelle C. Solages, Chair, Task Force on New Americans 
  • Franco Torres, Immigration Attorney, Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Antonio Alarcon, DREAMer with DACA & Youth Organizer, Make the Road New York


10:15 am   Keynote Remarks by Gregg Bishop, NYC Department of Small Business Services


10:30 am  The Business of Immigration

Immigrant-owned small businesses play an essential role in New York City's economy. What is New York doing to serve the City's immigrant entrepreneurs? How do the less-skilled immigrant jobs effect wages of Americans competing for jobs? How do immigrant workers help stimulate the economy, create new jobs, and allow for upward mobility?


  • Stan Schulman, Professor of Management, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business (moderator)
  • Lorelei Salas, Commissioner, NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Hollis V. Pfitsch, Deputy Commissioner at the Law Enforcement Bureau, New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • David Dyssegaard Kallick Senior Fellow Director, Immigration Research Initiative Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Dara Adams, Industry Program Director, FWD.us, 
  • John Leon, Queens Community Organizer, Airbnb


11:30 am  Sessions Conclude


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