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ACTION ALERT: Tell Governor Cuomo He Must Protect Immigrant Communities

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Governor Cuomo made a lot of promises to immigrant communities. In late January, in what seemed like a heartfelt speech, he even said “they are going to have to deport me first,” about immigrant communities under attack by the new administration. And yet, the Governor’s budget provides little funding for immigrant services, or for immigrant students.

Read about the Governor’s lack of support for immigrants in New York Daily News and Crain’s Business.

Governor Cuomo has the opportunity RIGHT NOW to put his money where his mouth is and invest the resources necessary to protect and defend New York’s immigrant communities. But he won’t do it unless he hears from all of us demanding that he follow through on his promises to step up for New York’s immigrant and refugee residents.


Call Script:

Immigrants across the State are currently living in extreme and uncertain times and need our Governor to stand up and protect them. I urge Governor Cuomo to:

  • invest the full $15 million in his Liberty Defense Fund,
  • to allow undocumented immigrants to access higher education by including them in his Excelsior Scholarship, and
  • to support adults wanting to learn English or get better jobs by investing $17.2 million in Adult Literacy Education.

TWEET AT GOVERNOR CUOMO NOW - just click on the link below to Tweet:

.@NYGovCuomo stand up for NY #immigrant communities! Fully fund Liberty Defense/Adult Literacy & include undocumented students in #Excelsior

I call on @NYGovCuomo 2 live up 2 promise, STAND UP 4 NY immigrants: fund Liberty Defense, Adult Learning & incl undoc students in Excelsior

.@NYGovCuomo: include #undocumented students and part-time students in your #Excelsior scholarship! #OurNY #includeme

Live up to your promise @NYGovCuomoto to protect & and defend NY's immigrant communities. Fully fund the Liberty Defense Fund at $15 million!

I urge @NYGovCuomo to fight for adults seeking to learn English & get better jobs by investing $17.2 million in Adult Literacy Education!

Thank you!




Steven Choi
Executive Director
New York Immigration Coalition


The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.



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