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Faith Leaders Call on Washington for Humane Immigration Laws

by guest blogger Diane Steinman, Director, New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform

pictured: Minister Patricia Malcolm, Rev. Bruce Southworth, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

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.

Take a InstaVideo for Administrative Relief and Join us at the #ALLin4RELIEF Town Hall

New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform, a campaign coordinated by the...

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Take a #Selfie for Administrative Relief and Join us at the #ALLin4RELIEF Town Hall

New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform, a campaign coordinated by the New York Immigration Coalition, is gearing up for a big town hall on Tuesday, August 26th at Baruch College where...

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Yesterday the NYIC and our partner organizations on Long Island rallied in Westbury, a village with a growing immigrant community, to launch our Administration Relief campaign #Allin4relief - www.allin4relief.com 

More than 50 people gathered together on a busy corner...

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Thank you so much for joining us for last week's 10th Annual Builders of the New New York Gala on...

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We held two DACA Renewal clinics this past weekend in Nassau county. The first one took place in Westbury at St. Brigid’s School where we partnered up with CARECEN to offer a comprehensive legal clinic that included DACA and citizenship services. The second one took place in Hempstead in the headquarters of the Economic Opportunity Commission of...

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On Wednesday, July 16, 2014 the New York Immigration Coalition held a Civic Engagement Collaborative convening with member agencies and partners.

The Civic Engagement Collaborative was launched earlier this year to connect our members efforts and to build a more impactful civically engaged immigrant network of communities.

The Collaborative’s work entails voter...

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 I meet a lot of people who I know qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but who have not applied for that status who all made the same mistake. 

When President Obama first gave DACA, the focus in the media was on college and high school kids who could apply for the program. You remember the pictures. Students in their graduation gowns lining up to...

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This map provides a visualization of data collected last year on where DACA applicants were from in the United States and which countries were their homelands:

The map gives a good sense of where renewal efforts have to be strongest and in which communities.

Pat Young is an attorney at CARECEN.

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Congresswoman Grace Meng, representing parts of Queens, said that now is the time for young Asian undocumented Asian immigrants to come forward and apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).“Many of these youth know no other home aside from the United States," she said at a press conference in Elmhurst last week. "Under DACA, the Department of Homeland Security will...

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