New York City owes its vitality to the waves of immigrants who came here
looking for a better life. It's crucial that we continue to welcome new
immigrants, and give those already here the opportunity to stay. Obtaining
permanent residency and/or U.S. citizenship gives immigrants full access to
benefits and services and prevents them from having to rely on unregulated
structures. Legal status supports immigrants' interest in their communities and
strengthens New York City's neighborhoods.