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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.

Check out this inspiring story of versatility from Max Ahmed who is on the Keeping Families Together Bus Tour en route to Washington D.C! Max is an NYIC DREAM Fellowship alumnus, who after being granted deferred action, started working with the NYIC's education program.

The Keeping Families Together bus tour is part of the...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 10 weeks ago

Dear friends,

The gridlock in DC is lifting! On Monday, a bipartisan group of senators released a proposal to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, and the following day...

Read More | written by silviag | created 5 years 16 weeks ago

 What We Need in the New Year:


After an invigorating and...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 22 weeks ago

All of you have been so extremely supportive of the New York Immigration Coalition this year and you have followed us and liked us and spread information about our work, and for that we are so very grateful! 

As the year comes to a close, we ask you to help us do two more things:

1) Donate any amount big or small to help NYIC gear up for 2013!...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 22 weeks ago

Dear Friends,

Two weeks ago, we offered a job to Max Ahmed, a young man about to graduate from college. Not a remarkable thing, necessarily; Max is bright and personable; he had participated in a leadership-development program at the NYIC last spring and has continued volunteering with us ever since.

But when he began the program with us, we never...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 22 weeks ago

Towards the end of October, The New York Immigration Coalition, in partnership with the Fund for Public Advocacy, announced that we are now accepting applications for the 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program....

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 27 weeks ago

In response to advocacy by a diverse coalition of groups, Governor Cuomo announced late this afternoon that all New Yorkers would be able to vote by paper ballot (known as an affidavit ballot) at any polling place in the state, and that all such ballots would be counted.

The Governor’s announcement came two days after the New York Immigration Coalition, together...
Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 28 weeks ago



Thursday, October 18!

The Economy vs. Immigration: What Will


Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 32 weeks ago

The NYIC is so proud of one of our Spring 2012 DREAM Fellows and NYIC education intern, Max Ahmed, who presented testimony to the City Council's joint hearing of the Education and Immigration Committees on Thursday, September 27th! Check out his testimony below!

September 27, 2012
City Council Testimony...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 34 weeks ago

In mid-August, Breakthrough, an organization that uses multimedia, pop culture, and community engagement to raise awareness about human rights issues, launched an online campaign called #ImHERE to bring global attention and to support human rights for immigrant women. When Breakthrough launched the campaign,...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 34 weeks ago
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