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English language proficiency is the single most important factor leading to employment and successful integration of immigrants into the life of a community. But 1.7 million immigrants, refugees, and asylees can't access the services they need to learn sufficient English. For almost 40 years the Riverside Language Program (RLP) has been the only FREE, full-time, immersive English program in New York City. Now, due to a staggering loss of over half of its federal funding, Riverside is being forced to scale back the number of English classes and critical support services it offers - just when those services are needed most. These deep funding cuts will limit our ability to provide the essential supports immigrants need to secure job opportunities, earning power, and social and political participation.