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Fundamental Flaws Loom Large while Secure Communities Task Force focuses on Traffic Violators

Last week, more than 200 law enforcement officials, civil rights organizations, and faith leaders joined together in calling for an immediate halt to DHS’s “Secure” Communities program. The controversial program runs the fingerprints of anyone arrested through a DHS database to determine whether they are deportable, essentially turning local law enforcement officers into ICE agents.

Watch President Obama's Speech at NCLR Live Here

Today, President Obama will be giving a luncheon speech at National Conference of La Raza’s (NCLR) annual conference in Washington, DC.

First half of CA DREAM Act Passes State Senate

Last Thursday, the California legislature passed the first part of the California Dream Act, AB130, which would allow undocumented immigrant youth who qualify for in-state tuition to also be eligible for non-state funded scholarships such as institutional financial aid or private scholarships.

Jose Antonio Vargas Takes on Stephen Colbert

One of our heroes, Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself in a recent New York Times Magazine article as undocumented, made an appearance on the Colbert Report last night.

Photo above: Vargas speaks to Colbert on The Colbert Report

NY State Dropping the Ball on Health Exchanges

The New York State Senate recently failed to pass a health insurance exchange bill (“Dropping the Ball on Health Exchanges,” NY Times, July 11, 2011) that creates an exchange where small businesses and individuals in New York purchase quality, affordable, private insurance. Unlike the current marketplace, the exchange is consumer- friendly. Insurance companies are required to publicize information about their practices, including claims denials and costs to the consumer for out-of-network coverage.

Lamar Smith's Got It Wrong

No disrespect intended, but what universe does Congressman Lamar Smith inhabit? In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Cong. Smith asserts, “Over the last year, the Obama administration has ignored the will of Congress and the American people by using executive branch authority to allow illegal immigrants to remain living and working in the United States.”

Coalition Hits the Streets

Last Thursday, in the heat of a New York City summer’s day, staff and volunteers from the New York Immigration Coalition, its member organizations, and other partners, armed with clipboards and pens, stopped to talk to passers-by and get signatures for the Coalition’s ‘With the Stroke of a Pen’ campaign.

Join Our Conversation: Welcome to the NYIC’s blog!

Today, we are extremely excited to share with you the New York Immigration Coalition’s brand new blog, a place we hope will be a hub for conversations and news around immigrant issues in New York and beyond! The NYIC has been sparking conversations—and making sure immigrant voices are included in public policy debates--for over two decades.


By Srosh Anwar

"Not understanding English was a barrier which limited my ability to get better jobs or assimilate with the local culture. I would understand nothing about my daughter’s school...
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Jenny Chavez

By Srosh Anwar

“It was a scary and painful journey and I can’t imagine telling anyone...

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NYIC Partners with All-Female Mariachi Band

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Last Chance to Buy a Ticket to NYIC's...

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Sandra Castro

By Srosh Anwar


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Last year the arrival of Central American refugee children at the southern border set off political shockwaves. Fox News tried to tie the children to ISIS and Ebola. The Immigration Courts created the so-called “Rocket Docket” to speed up proceedings to remove the children from the United States. Schools on Long Island tried to...

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We are two weeks away from the New York...

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Maha Akhtar

By Srosh Anwar

“To a normal person I am more “conservative” in my appearance and in...
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Three Weeks to the New York Immigration Coalition's June 2nd Gala! 


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written by Camille Mackler, Director of Legal Initiatives at NYIC:

As the pause on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration nears completion of its third full month, the court case that triggered it is slowly winding its way through the judicial process. Here’s a recap of what has happened, what we’re waiting for, and what we...

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