CURRENT PRESS RELEASES
Immigration Coalition Responds to the State of the City Address
Today Mayor de Blasio introduced his agenda in his first State of the City address focused on the message of “One New York, Rising Together.” The Mayor proposed initiatives including universal pre-K, affordable housing, quality education, municipal IDs for all NYC residents, a raise in the minimum wage, and ensuring access to affordable health care.
Today, GOP leaders unveiled their framework for immigration reform, which outlines six priorities for reforming the country’s broken immigration system. Provided certain enforcement triggers are met, the proposal would allow people who came to the U.S. as children and meet certain criteria to apply for citizenship but stops short of providing citizenship for all 11 million immigrants living in the shadows. Instead, these individuals, should they meet certain criteria, would be able to remain in the U.S but would not be able to access a special pathway to citizenship.
The following is a joint statement from Claire Sylvan, founding executive director of Internationals Network for Public Schools and Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:
Today, on the steps of the New York City Public Library, the New York State Dream Act Coalition (NYSDAC) called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature to take action and include the New York State (NYS) Dream Act in the 2014 budget. The Dream Act would open New York’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to all students regardless of their immigration status. It would also allow all New York youth to access 529 tuition savings accounts, and establish a DREAM Fund Commission to raise private funds for a college scholarship program.
Immigrant Community Leaders Demand Action from Governor Cuomo, Announce “2014 Immigrant Equality Agenda” of Top Ten State Budget and Policy Priorities for 2014 Legislative Session
The following is a statement from Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:
“The New York Immigration Coalition is very excited to welcome the election of the first Latina City Council Speaker in New York City history, Melissa Mark-Viverito!
“As a City Council member, Ms. Mark-Viverito has been a tireless champion of the immigrant communities of New York, and we look forward to working with her on future initiatives to make New York City (NYC) the most welcoming city for immigrants in the United States.
Congress Leaves for Recess without Passing Immigration Reform; Advocates Express Outrage at Inaction
Today, the fight for immigrant families continued as the New York Immigration Coalition joined two thousand supporters of immigration reform in the nation’s capitol in a large-scale sit-in of congressional offices.
Congressman Nadler Joins New Yorkers to Urge Congressman Grimm to Support Immigration Reform
Gathering Launches March Followed by Three-Day Fast and Vigil Outside Grimm’s Office
On the eve of New York City’s general elections, advocates and leaders from New York’s diverse immigrant communities flooded the steps of City Hall to announce a “Top 10 Wish List” of priorities for New York’s next Mayor. New York is home to more than three million immigrants, who make up 1 out of 3 New Yorkers and more than half of the City’s workforce.