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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.

Friends of the NYIC, we want to hear from you!

Journalists at ABC and Univision are working on an article about which term people without status in the U.S. would prefer be used in the media and are looking to hear from immigrant without status. If you would like to help...

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The National Immigrant Integration Conference 2012 is the flagship event of the National Partnership for New Americans, a national multiethnic, multiracial partnership of state-wide, immigrant rights coalitions, of which the New York...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 37 weeks ago

Dear friends,

Do you want to be part of an historic moment? Tens of thousands of young people all around the country are lining up to learn how the Obama Administration's new policy can protect them from deportation and allow them to work. Under the policy, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), certain immigrant youth who came to the United States as children will be granted a two-year reprieve...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 39 weeks ago

Check out video from New York Daily News of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals orientation and pre-screening that we did in collaboration with New York State Action Fund and New York State Youth Leadership Council today. Over 1000 DREAMers and their families attended the event to get information and be pre-screened for the deferred action process. We are very proud to be able to serve our DREAMers in New York State! 

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 40 weeks ago

By Pat young, Esq. - cross-posted from the New York State Immigrant Action Fund

Yesterday, during a conference call on the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas was asked how long it would take to adjudicate applications for DREAMers. He said he expected it to take "several months" initially. He also said that the 90 day period during which a work authorization application has to be decided would not begin until after...

Read More | written by juanr | created 5 years 40 weeks ago

cross-posted from Pat Young, Esq - New York State Immigrant Action Fund

Guidance issued this afternoon by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) says that students enrolled in GED preparation courses at high schools, community colleges, or many other educational institutions will be considered “currently in school” for purposes of applying for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This may increase the number of young...

Read More | written by juanr | created 5 years 40 weeks ago

On July 18th, the New York Immigration Coalition partnered with the Culture Project during their 2012 Impact Festival on a panel about immigration policy, activism and art in the context of the upcoming election. The panelists included Define American founder Jose Antonio Vargas, ...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 42 weeks ago

A Conversation on Immigration with Jose Vargas, Karen Kaminsky, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo & Cristina Jimenez

Join us for an exciting conversation on immigration policy, activism and art in the context of the upcoming election with Define American founder Jose Antonio Vargas, recently featured on the cover of TIME (along with the story of nearly 12 million undocumented Americans), New...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 45 weeks ago

Shines a Spotlight on DREAMers

[Photo Above] NASDAQ welcomes New York Immigration Coalition on the NASDAQ Tower, Monday, June 25th

As part of the New York Immigration Coalition's 25th anniversary celebration, Robert Greifeld, NASDAQ...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 47 weeks ago

Come see the New York Immigration Coalition Light up Times

 

 

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