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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.

A new study shows that DACA, at just two years old, is already having a substantial impact on immigrants lives. Here are some of the reports most important findings:

New Jobs

Almost 60 percent of DACA beneficiaries surveyed have obtained a new job since...

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Immigrants who received work permits under the DACA program are supposed to renew their work permits four to five months before they expire. The Brookings Institute has prepared a fascinating graph of when renweals of DACA should peak. Here it is, along with their explanation:

In October 2012, the first month with a significant number of DACA adjudications, almost 28,000 young...

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Since President Obama first authorized the granting of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) two years ago, between 100,000 and 140,000 children who were not eligible to apply on the first day of the program have become eligible to apply. Unfortunately many of them do not know it. 

To apply for DACA, the young immigrant must be at least fifteen years of age. This means...

Read More | written by pyoung | created 3 years 45 weeks ago

So many undocumented immigrants say that their lives would improve if they could get a driver's license. They could get a better job, pick their kids up from school, and take trips. In places like Long Island and Upstate New York, a license seems like a necessity. It is tough to go to see a doctor or even visit a house of worship without it. Long distances and poor public transportation leave...

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One thing every undocumented person knows is that without legal documents it is very hard to travel inside the United States. Just taking the bus from New York to Buffalo to visit relatives can be an impossible experience. Undocumented immigrants who receive work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are able to travel freely inside the United States. When asked...

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There are a lot of advantages to applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Everyone knows that DACA stops you from being deported and that it gets you a work authorization, but I wanted to look at some of the other not-so-obvious benefits. One of the biggest is getting a Social Security card. 

Once you get your work permit, you should apply for your...

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This coming weekend the New York Immigration Coalition will be offering two free DACA clinics in Nassau County. The clinics will offer help in applying for DACA for the first time or in renewing DACA applications. The first clinic will be on Saturday at St. Brigid's School in Westbury. This one is held in conjunction with CARECEN which will be offering help applying for citizenship as...

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Yesterday I wrote about how undocumented immigrants in Nassau County can meet the education requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrrivals (DACA). Today, I wanted to look at how immigrants in Suffolk can qualify.

Among the qualifications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is that the applicant must be currently enrolled in school, graduated from...

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The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has prepared a the answers to the most common questions those who have already received DACA have about renewing their work permits. You can access the entire set of questions and answers here. Here is the most common question I get asked in my immigration law practice about renewing:

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Erick Marroquin of CARECEN was the researcher for the article.

Among the qualifications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is that the applicant must be currently enrolled in school, graduated high school, received a high school equivalence certificate or diploma, or registered for a high schoiol equivalence course. Being registered for an English...

Read More | written by pyoung | created 3 years 45 weeks ago
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