New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, has taken on the nation’s largest employer of unauthorized immigrants.
In a new law, he will also try to limit how many immigrants can be admitted to the United States, and to expand the number of immigration judges who can grant relief.
The legislation would also require the state to consider the impact on the economy, health care, education, and employment when it decides to grant a worker’s visa, Schneiderman’s office said in a statement.
Schneiderman has also called on the federal government to help him stop the wave of unaccompanied minors crossing the border.
New York has the largest unauthorized immigrant population in the nation, according to data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
In January, the state added about 675,000 people.
That was more than in any month since 2013, according in data from Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan immigration think tank.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that Schneiderman wants to close a loophole that allows employers to employ some workers who have not yet been approved for U.T.
As, but not others.
That loophole would be removed, the newspaper said.
Schneidermann said the state has no intention of making workers eligible for UTAAs, although he said that could change if he is reelected.
If the bill is signed, it would be the first such overhaul of the immigration system in New England.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the state’s House of Representatives are drafting an immigration reform bill, which would allow for a path to legal status for people brought to the country illegally as children and for those who are in the country for good and for the spouses of U.N. workers.
The group also is planning to propose a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but that legislation has yet to be scheduled for a vote.
Schneidermen office said the bill would require that the state consider the economic impact on a person when it grants a worker a visa.
The legislation also would make it easier for people to apply for a green card, and it would prohibit the state from using state funds to pay for a worker to enter the country.
The state is also seeking to make the process of obtaining a U.D.
N visa more transparent and more efficient, said Schneiderman spokesman Brian Sneddon.
The bill also would allow immigrants who entered the country without permission to remain in the U, and would set up an appeals process for those seeking to stay in the United State.
New York is one of the few states that does not have an immediate path to citizenship, and some lawmakers have proposed changes to the current system.
The issue has divided the Democratic-controlled state Legislature, which is split evenly between Republicans and Democrats.
It would also create a program to help immigrants pay for school, which will cost about $200 million.
The program would not apply to undocumented immigrants who are still in the process for legal status, but would include money for the U-2 program, which helps families reunite with their children after being separated.
The U.B.I. is paying for the program.