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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.


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 The New York Immigration Coalition and the Center for Community and Ethnic Media present:


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 Important Announcement re: NYIC’s Leadership

We are sad to announce that after nearly ten years of leadership at the New York Immigration Coalition, our Deputy Executive Director Karen Kaminsky has decided to step down from her post. Her message announcing her decision is included below.
Read More | written by growland | created 4 years 13 weeks ago

Did you catch Coca Cola's commercial during the SuperBowl on Sunday night? I was pleasantly surprised by the commercial, which featured Americans of many different cultures and ethnicities and the well-known patriotic song "America, the Beautiful" sung in several languages, including Hindi, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, and English. It was quite a testament to immigrant America! Catch the ad that aired during the superbowl and the extended version with interviews from the...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 4 years 15 weeks ago

Today, the NYIC met to launch our statewide campaign advocating for drivers licenses in New York state for immigrants regardless of status. We had 50 plus attendees from all across the state, including Rockland county, Hudson Valley, Rochester and Buffalo!

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Among NYIC’s programs is our “Key to the City” initiative where we...

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Today the New York Immigration Coalition, in partnership with the Center for Community and Ethnic Media held a presentation and panel discussion on a  NYIC-commissioned report prepared by Professor Katherine Fennelly called "...

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There was an enormous amount of interest in the report presentation & discussion that the NYIC is having this Wednesday, December 18th at 11am on preparedness for immigration reform in New York State, that we've decided to livestream it! 

If you aren't able to attend the...

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 NYIC's health team released a new report entitled "The Language of a Healthier Immigrant New York City"! Click on the cover below to access the report!


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