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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.

Dear Friends,

With our 25th anniversary year upon us, the New York Immigration Coalition ...
Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 22 weeks ago

On December 7th, the NYIC and our members spent some quality time together, enjoyed each other's company, and celebrated what we have accomplished this year at our annual meeting and holiday party!

Some of the victories that our member groups celebrated included:

  • We got the Obama administration to promise not to deport “low priority” cases. The 10,000 letters sent to the White House through the NYIC’s “Stroke of a Pen...
Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 22 weeks ago

Mural at CASA de Maryland community centerTwo Sundays ago, Bill Keller, journalist at the New York Times, wrote a column called, "The Good Newt" about the Republican candidates’handling of the immigration issue....

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 23 weeks ago

There's big news stirring in the immigrant rights movement today. The New York Times today reported that the Justice Department's report following a three-year investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, found that the sheriff's office has "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos."

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Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 23 weeks ago

NY communities, like communities across the country, continue to face threat of detention and deportation. UnderImmigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) expanding “Secure Communities” (or SComm), local police provide the fingerprints of people they have arrested (whether U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, person here on a...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 23 weeks ago

On the steps of City Hall today, dozens of young people, community leaders, and elected officials gathered to demand greater access to higher education for youth, regardless of status. Currently, undocumented youth who have been raised here have no access to financial aid, either at the federal or state level, making it next to impossible for some of the best and brightest of New York’s young people to go to college.

Check out the press release for the event...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 24 weeks ago

It's been quite a year for immigrant rights in New York and nationally!

We are proud of the work that we have done this year, including:

  • Sending 10,000 pens and letters to the White House as part of NYIC 'With the Stroke of a Pen' campaign asking him to take action to stop unjust deportations
  • Harnessing our collective strength to protective critical immigrant services funding at the city and state level
  • Seeing our advocacy come to fruition with Governor...
Read More | written by nyic | created 6 years 24 weeks ago

Joaquin Luna was just like anybody else. He was a high school student. He was a young man who lived with his family. He was also a person who lived with the challenges of being undocumented. He was at the beginning of his life before it all ended, in part because he felt he had no other option. Tragically, we remember Joaquin today as a person whose light was...

Read More | written by juanr | created 6 years 25 weeks ago

The Migration Policy Institute yesterday released a report on 25th anniversary of the signing of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which was signed by Ronald Reagan on November 6th, 1986.

The New York Immigration Coalition in particular reflects on 25 years of IRCA, having been founded in 1987 to address the impact on New York of this law, which allowed undocumented immigrants to legalize their status....

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 26 weeks ago

Above: DREAM youth rally on the steps of the NY Public Library on Tuesday, November 15th after a coalition of undocumented immigrant youth, faith, labor, civic leaders, and immigrant advocates joined Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents,...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 6 years 27 weeks ago
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