Since 1983 the New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (NYSFHCC) has been the premiere Hispanic business association in New York State. NYSFHCC has worked and will continue to work towards creating more opportunities for the Hispanic business community. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce certified NYSFHCC as the official state chamber for New York in 1989.
NYSFHCC announced "Project Pio-Pio" at their Hispanic Leadership Forum "Preparing the Latino Undocumented Community for Immigration Reform" held on October 13, 2010 at Casa Puebla.
Forum participants included Congressman Charles Rangel, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYS Assembly Member Adriano Espaillat and former NYC Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs, Guillermo Linares as well as members of the clergy and community and business leaders.
Pio-Pio is a bilingual acronym for what the Latino Undocumented Community needs to do now to prepare for Immigration Reform.
When the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was passed in 1986, thousands of eligible Latino immigrants were denied
"amnesty" due to lack of proper documentation. They were unable to establish that they had living illegally in the U.S. before January 1st 1982 as the law required. "Project Pio-Pio" aims to prevent this from occurring again by getting the undocumented prepared now.
The first "Pio" stands for Prepare - Inform yourself Organize your documents
The second "Pio" stands for the documents that will be required
Passport - Income Tax Returns with ITIN - Offer of Employ