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 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.

(New York, NY) In a matter of days after the horrific attacks in Paris that claimed the lives of 129 innocent individuals, governors from at least twenty-eight states have made statements saying that they will not accept or welcome Syrian refugees, and Congressional representatives are proposing legislation to halt the flow of refugees to the United States.

The following is a statement from Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

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