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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.

The Council of the Americas, in partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition held a interesting and pertinent discussion on the Risks for Mixed-Status Immigrant Families on March 28th, 2011.

Here you'll find the description of the event and you can watch the discussion. Tell us what you think!

Event description:

Approximately 5.5 million children and adolescents (with most being U.S. citizens) are growing up with at least one...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 6 weeks ago

Reposted from Reform Immigration for America

On New Year’s Day, 2011, Sara Martinez sat with her family on a bus in Rochester, NY, thinking it would take them back to their home in New York City. The bus...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 8 weeks ago

Hello everyone,

Today we continue our cross-posting of blog posts written by our colleague - Zelene Pineda Suchilt.  As previously mentioned, Zelene is taking part in Librotraficante, a project that is setting up  underground libraries of books that have been removed from schools under Arizona's HB2281...

Read More | written by juanr | created 6 years 9 weeks ago

We are excited to announce that Zelene Pineda Suchilt of the NYIC has been invited to participate in an exciting project, ...

Read More | written by juanr | created 6 years 10 weeks ago

The New York Immigration Coalition’s Immigrants’ Day of Action in Albany yesterday was a resounding success—1,300 people, 94 organizations, 70 legislative meetings, and amazing energy and movement on our agenda!

Here are some photos from Wednesday; what a beautiful and inspiring day!


Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 10 weeks ago

Happy Friday! 

Here at the NYIC, we're gearing up for our 25th anniversary celebration in June - the Builders of the New New York Awards 2012! We’ll celebrate the...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 12 weeks ago

Every March, the Remember the Triangle Coalition, commemorates the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that took the lives of 146 workers - mostly young immigrant women - in March 25, 1911 and commenorates the tragedy in honor of  immigrant and worker rights.

This year, on Tuesday, March 6th, the Remember the Triangle Coalition invites you to join the world's largest unemployment line,...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 12 weeks ago

We're gearing up for our annual Immigrants' Day of Action in Albany on Wednesday, March 14th, and there's still time for you to join us and the 1000-plus individuals who will be rallying for immigrant communities in New York state! Click here to join us in Albany.


Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 13 weeks ago

                          Photo: Reuters

If you missed the State of the Union 2012, you can watch it...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 17 weeks ago

Today, the Administration announced a small but significant proposal that would change 3-or10-Year bar waiver processing and allow the Department of Homeland Security to process waivers inside the United States for certain immigrant visa applicants so that the applicants can remain united with their families. While the proposed procedure is not...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 20 weeks ago
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