CURRENT PRESS RELEASES
Statement of Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
The dream still lives! The New York Immigration Coalition applauds U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) in the Senate and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) in the House of Representatives for introducing the DREAM Act (S.729 and H.R.1751).*
Bay Ridge tenants and community organizations, in alliance with a broad citywide coalition, rallied outside the district office of Senator Martin Golden, calling on him to co-sponsor the repeal of vacancy decontrol. Thirty percent of residents of Senate District 22 depend on rent regulation to protect against excessive rent increases and baseless evictions. Vacancy decontrol puts these rent regulated units in jeopardy. Senator Golden, despite his professed support of tenant causes, has not co-sponsored S2237-A, legislation that would close this loophole.
Rents up, incomes down, squeeze is on for city’s immigrant tenants
A press conference to release important new research findings about housing challenges faced by immigrant New Yorkers, with recommendations on how to address them.
By rejecting the formula for selecting troubled areas in section 4, the Court effectively invalidates Section 5, the provision responsible for monitoring and enforcing access to the ballot
(New York, NY) Today, by a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court rejected Section 4 of the seminal Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965, effectively ending more than 40 years of government oversight that protected minorities’ rights and ensured equal access to the ballot.
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.
Graduation rates released today reveal that the future of New York State’s English language learners (ELLs) is in jeopardy. These students – many of whom are newcomers from every corner of the globe with enormous potential - continue to lag far behind their English speaking peers with an achievement gap of 47 percentage points. While there has been a slow but steady improvement in graduation rates for many students, and noteworthy improvement for many students in New York City, that is not the case for students who are still learning English.
Coalition Applauds Critically-Needed Resources for New York's Communities; Discusses Impact of NYC City Council’s FY15 Budget
At the NYIC today, Councilmember Carlos Menchaca joined advocates to discuss the positive impact that significant increases in funding supporting New York City’s immigrant populations will have for communities. This year's budget marks a major victory for immigrant communities and advocates, with $10.3 million dollars slated for the expansion of programs and services for immigrant communities.
Dozens of immigrants, family members, advocates, faith and union leaders representing New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform (NYRIR), a campaign coordinated by the New York Immigration Coalition, held a press conference calling for President Obama to take immediate action and provide broad and bold administrative relief for millions of immigrants around the country. NYRIR members were joined by Congressman Charles Rangel in this urgent call.