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This Week: Get your tickets to “Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide!”

New York Immigration Coalition joins EarSay in presenting: Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide, a new work by actress/human rights activist/educator Judith Sloan from November 3rd through November 6th at the Nuyorican Poets Café.

Immigrant Action Goes to D.C. to Push for Reform

Cross-post with the New York State Immigrant Action Fund blog

Authored by: May Chen is Chair of the Baord of the New York State Immigrant Action Fund.

Discretion and Deportation: What the Obama Policy Means for Immigrants

Last month, when President Obama laid out a plan to suspend deportation proceedings for DREAM-eligible youth, military family members, crime victims, and immigrants with strong family ties, he took his first concrete step to respond to the increasingly vocal opposition to his administration’s immigration enforcement policies and practices.

Sharing Stories: Latinos and 9/11


Immigrants for Sale Explores Private Prison Industry

I am a huge fan of the project, Cuéntame (which means "tell me your story"), a facebook page and website that is all about sharing stories.

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.

This week I began a fast for immigration reform.  I am joining in solidarity the Fast4Families, an effort led by national immigrant, labor, and faith leaders who will be fasting together on Capitol Hill in a moving effort to appeal to those in Congress who continue to block reform with a pathway to citizenship.


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On Thursday, November 14th at 2PM, the NYIC is Talking Transition

Join us...

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There's been a lot of buzz about a giant tent being constructed on Varick and Canal St. "What's it for?" a lot of people have been asking, but lips remained sealed until today. Welcome to Talking Transitionan open conversation about the future of New York City. Join New Yorkers...

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Vote Today!


Vote for your family and your community!


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On the morning October 29th, ten New Yorkers (advocates, religious leaders, immigrants) risked arrest while blocking traffic outside the Varick St. Detention Center. Capping off a month of renewed momentum around immigration reform, a diverse crowd of nearly 100 New Yorkers rallied outside the Varick St. Detention Center and supported the group of ten protesters willing to risk arrest. Chanting, singing, and waving signs, the protesters raised their voices against the continued...

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[Photo Above] Thousands of people gathered at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn to rally for immigrant dignity and respect. The time is now!!!

On October 5th, New York was happening! And YOU made it happen!


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Today is the big day! Thousands of New Yorkers will march for Immigrant Dignity and Respect as part of 170 actions happening in 130 cities and towns across the country. You can watch the Cadman Plaza rally and the speaking program starting 12:30PM today by following the UStream of NYIC member group, Latino Justice PRLDEF. Click HERE to follow the...

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The original post appeared on the blog of the Northstar Fund

Post by Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition 

This is...

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For centuries, New York has welcomed young newcomers at the start of a road to a better future. But we are now in danger of leaving them behind.

We are facing nothing less than a critical turning point for immigrant students. The test scores for students learning English – “English language learners” (ELLs) that New York State released this past Wednesday for this past year’s English Language Arts and Mathematics tests for 3rd to 8th graders are shocking....

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 Dear Friends of the NYIC, 

What an extraordinary summer it has been so far, and what an extraordinary day June 27th was. On that day, just hours before the NYIC celebrated its annual Builders of the New New York Awards gala, the US Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill with an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority. The bill, though not perfect, nevertheless brings us closer than we’ve been in years to repairing our broken immigration system. While the...

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