CURRENT PRESS RELEASES
Statement by Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition,on the Passage of Assembly bill A08689B:
"The NYIC has always supported the New York State DREAM Act and DREAM Fund as a package. The key provision in the DREAM Fund bill passed in the Assembly today would set up a commission to raise private scholarships for undocumented students. While private scholarships could be helpful, the Fund, by itself, does not accomplish the ultimate goal of equal access to college education for all students.
Groups Renew Calls for Immediate Termination of the Program
Immigrant Community, Clergy, and Civil Rights Leaders Stand Against Discrimination as Court Considers AZ’s SB1070 Law
At St. Teresa’s Church in Manhattan, members of diverse faith communities gathered with DREAMers and community leaders to hold an interfaith press conference highlighting the urgency of passing New York State DREAM legislation.
On an unseasonably warm spring day, two hundred New Yorkers, including advocates, city officials, immigrant community members, and dozens of diverse immigrant groups, gathered at City Hall to promote the NYIC’s Top City Budget and Policy Priorities for the year.
Two years since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the historic health care reform law, the Supreme Court hears arguments on its constitutionality--one of the most significant cases to be heard in decades. At the same time, legislation at the state level that would set up the insurance exchange through which individuals and businesses could obtain health care coverage has yet to be passed.
Few See Relief from Deportation
New statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) show that immigration officials have not evenly applied new enforcement guidelines in deportation cases, seriously jeopardizing the Obama Administration’s plan to suspend deportation proceedings for immigrants with strong ties to the communities.
The New York Immigration Coalition, along with 11 prominent grassroots, immigrant rights advocacy organizations across the country, have joined together to create the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), which in partnership with the Open Society Institute, has launched an initiative to promote and support citizenship. The Partnership is reaching into new immigrant communities nationwide in an effort to promote a more welcoming democracy in which new Americans achieve equal opportunity and are a powerful and organized constituency.
Today, New York State DREAM Coalition and allies held a press conference with New York City Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and Council Member Daniel Dromm to support City Council resolutions 803 and 1219, which call on state legislators and Governor Cuomo to include DREAM in this year’s state budget.
The press conference immediately preceded the first hearing on these bills.