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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.

We've got a lot in store for you this evening at the NYIC's Builders of the New New York Awards Gala! As you shine your shoes and pick out...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 3 years 48 weeks ago

Our Annual Builders of the New New York Gala is coming up in less than a week! We’re extremely excited to be celebrating another year of NYIC’s accomplishments with our membership and supporters. And we’re delighted to be honoring four visionary leaders for their commitment to immigrant rights in New York...

Read More | written by growland | created 3 years 48 weeks ago

June is always a hectic, yet special month for the NYIC. In the midst of our work on immigration advocacy, civic participation, and community education, every spring the NYIC staff begins preparations for the Builders of the New New York Awards—an annual gala...

Read More | written by growland | created 3 years 48 weeks ago



“Hi everyone, my name is Zelene and I am an Advocate for Immigrant Families. I help immigrants be part our community.”

This is how I began my presentations to first, third and fourth graders at Future Leaders Elementary during their annual “Career Day” in Staten Island on...

Read More | written by growland | created 3 years 48 weeks ago


Key to the City 2014 Recap: Diverse Partners Collaborate to Serve and Strengthen Immigrant Communities
Contribution by Mary Walle, Jesuit Volunteer & Immigrant Outreach Fellow

Since 2011, the Key to the City...

Read More | written by growland | created 3 years 50 weeks ago

The NYIC education advocacy team partnered with the Migration Policy Institute’s...

Read More | written by growland | created 3 years 50 weeks ago

Blog contributor: Mary Walle - Immigrant Outreach Fellow, Jesuit Volunteer

Spotlight on DACA Outreach: SCO Center for Family Life

Outreach providers from the DYCD DACA Initiative have incorporated DACA outreach into their work in many creative ways. This week, I visited SCO Center for Family Life in Sunset Park. The team at SCO...

Read More | written by growland | created 3 years 51 weeks ago

With so much news out there, it’s hard to catch up on what’s affecting our immigrant communities, so in an effort to keep our followers better informed we are starting a bi-weekly blog series to re-cap news highlights regarding the NYIC, immigration, or relevant interesting topics!


Read More | written by growland | created 3 years 51 weeks ago


On June 9th, the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium will hold their inaugural conference hosted by the New York Law School. The purpose of this one-day conference is to advance the capacity of immigrant assistance...
Read More | written by growland | created 4 years 3 days ago


College Club at Atlas DIY
My name is Mary Walle, and I am the Jesuit Volunteer and Immigrant Outreach Fellow for the NYIC. As a Jesuit Volunteer I committed a year to living the four values of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC...
Read More | written by growland | created 4 years 4 days ago
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