Paul Newell’s father immigrated to New York City at the age of 16 from a Europe destroyed by war. Here, he found opportunities that never would have been available to a poor, Jewish kid in the old country. He went to school, worked hard, fell in love, and married Marla Nussbaum – herself a child of immigrants. Here, they built a home for themselves, Paul, and his sister Sonya. Marla and Roger Newell instilled in their children a love of country, an immigrant work ethic, and a belief in social responsibility.
The Newell family story is far from unique in our neighborhoods. No community on Earth has been more defined by the immigrant experience than Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Almost half of all American families has an ancestor who arrived in the 26th Senate District. Today, with a White House opposed to everything our communities believe in - it's more important than ever that New York stand up for our neighbors - and protect them from deportation. Doing so will be one of Newell’s chief priorities in Albany, where he will work tirelessly to:
Pass the DREAM Act: Education is the single most vital link in keeping the ladder of opportunity open to new Americans. Newell will fight to make higher education available to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.
Make New York Language-Accessible: Whether they speak Cantonese, Spanish, Yiddish, Mandarin, Bengali, or Ukrainian, all New Yorkers should have access to all state services.
Achieve a Humane Immigration Policy: Newell will stand up for a national immigration policy that recognizes and honors the vital role immigration plays in our country’s success.