NY State Senate Bill Would Force Colleges to Report Foreign Refugee Students


New York State Senator Thomas Croci, a Long Island politician who has a track record of co-sponsoring anti-immigrant legislation, co-sponsored a new bill, currently titled S2304, which would require colleges to provide the Department of Homeland Security with their student’s information. Here is an excerpt of the bill:

“[The bill] requires residents of the state, who are foreign refugees, to register with the office of temporary and disability assistance; directs such office to provide registration information to the office of children and family services, the department of health, the office for new Americans, the department of law, the division of state police, and the division of homeland security and emergency services; directs the office for new Americans to conduct background screenings of all refugees who register; requires refugee resettlement agencies to submit quarterly reports to the bureau of refugee and immigrant assistance on the refugees to whom it provides assistance, and to monitor the activities of such refugees for a certain period of time; and directs the division of homeland security and emergency services to develop and implement a plan to ensure compliance by refugee resettlement agencies.”

This bill is currently in committee and would essentially force universities across the state to act as immigration enforcement. You can read the whole bill here.

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Sara Roncero-Menendez is the Online Editor for Long Island Wins. Prior to joining the Long Island Wins team, she graduate from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and worked as a reporter for publications like Mashable, The Huffington Post, and PSFK. She became involved in immigration issues and advocacy while working towards her Masters degree at The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. After joining the Graduate Employee Organization Local 6300, she worked on helping international and undocumented students work with the administration to get fair financial aid and fellowship opportunities. Sara also works on issues of representation in mass media, including film and television, and works on media reviews and podcast.