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Fundamental Flaws Loom Large while Secure Communities Task Force focuses on Traffic Violators

Last week, more than 200 law enforcement officials, civil rights organizations, and faith leaders joined together in calling for an immediate halt to DHS’s “Secure” Communities program. The controversial program runs the fingerprints of anyone arrested through a DHS database to determine whether they are deportable, essentially turning local law enforcement officers into ICE agents.

Watch President Obama's Speech at NCLR Live Here

Today, President Obama will be giving a luncheon speech at National Conference of La Raza’s (NCLR) annual conference in Washington, DC.

First half of CA DREAM Act Passes State Senate

Last Thursday, the California legislature passed the first part of the California Dream Act, AB130, which would allow undocumented immigrant youth who qualify for in-state tuition to also be eligible for non-state funded scholarships such as institutional financial aid or private scholarships.

Jose Antonio Vargas Takes on Stephen Colbert

One of our heroes, Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself in a recent New York Times Magazine article as undocumented, made an appearance on the Colbert Report last night.

Photo above: Vargas speaks to Colbert on The Colbert Report

NY State Dropping the Ball on Health Exchanges

The New York State Senate recently failed to pass a health insurance exchange bill (“Dropping the Ball on Health Exchanges,” NY Times, July 11, 2011) that creates an exchange where small businesses and individuals in New York purchase quality, affordable, private insurance. Unlike the current marketplace, the exchange is consumer- friendly. Insurance companies are required to publicize information about their practices, including claims denials and costs to the consumer for out-of-network coverage.

Lamar Smith's Got It Wrong

No disrespect intended, but what universe does Congressman Lamar Smith inhabit? In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, Cong. Smith asserts, “Over the last year, the Obama administration has ignored the will of Congress and the American people by using executive branch authority to allow illegal immigrants to remain living and working in the United States.”

Coalition Hits the Streets

Last Thursday, in the heat of a New York City summer’s day, staff and volunteers from the New York Immigration Coalition, its member organizations, and other partners, armed with clipboards and pens, stopped to talk to passers-by and get signatures for the Coalition’s ‘With the Stroke of a Pen’ campaign.

Join Our Conversation: Welcome to the NYIC’s blog!

Today, we are extremely excited to share with you the New York Immigration Coalition’s brand new blog, a place we hope will be a hub for conversations and news around immigrant issues in New York and beyond! The NYIC has been sparking conversations—and making sure immigrant voices are included in public policy debates--for over two decades.

Today is the big day! Thousands of New Yorkers will march for Immigrant Dignity and Respect as part of 170 actions happening in 130 cities and towns across the country. You can watch the Cadman Plaza rally and the speaking program starting 12:30PM today by following the UStream of NYIC member group, Latino Justice PRLDEF. Click HERE to follow the...

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The original post appeared on the blog of the Northstar Fund

Post by Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition 

This is...

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For centuries, New York has welcomed young newcomers at the start of a road to a better future. But we are now in danger of leaving them behind.

We are facing nothing less than a critical turning point for immigrant students. The test scores for students learning English – “English language learners” (ELLs) that New York State released this past Wednesday for this past year’s English Language Arts and Mathematics tests for 3rd to 8th graders are shocking....

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 Dear Friends of the NYIC, 

What an extraordinary summer it has been so far, and what an extraordinary day June 27th was. On that day, just hours before the NYIC celebrated its annual Builders of the New New York Awards gala, the US Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill with an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority. The bill, though not perfect, nevertheless brings us closer than we’ve been in years to repairing our broken immigration system. While the...

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The NYIC Invites You to Join Us

for an hour-long concert at the Builders Gala After-Party with...

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Dear NYIC Members and Allies,

As you know the Senate has been considering a proposal to reform our immigration laws.  The current proposal includes a path to...

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Dear Friends of the NYIC,

What a week! Dozens of immigrant families traveled to DC and sat in on the Senate Judiciary Committee's mark-up of the immigration bill, joined in vigils and rallies, and spoke to members of Congress—and, for the first time in history, DREAMers met with a sitting President of the United States! The NYIC, as coordinator of the statewide New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 4 years 47 weeks ago

Today, President Obama is meeting with seven family members at the White House who will share their stories about how their families have been impacted by our nation’s broken immigration system. One of the New York Immigration Coalition's talented DREAM Fellows, Mehdi Mahraoui, will be representing New York families and the NYIC at this meeting.


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 Dear Friends, 

We are on our way! After more than a decade of fits and starts, steps forward and back, in the immigration debate, a bipartisan immigration reform bill was introduced today by the Senate Gang of Eight, including New York's Senator Chuck Schumer. The introduction of this bill is an historic step toward fixing our broken immigration system. But it is just the first step. We know there will be more battles ahead as the bill moves through the Senate and...
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Check out this inspiring story of versatility from Max Ahmed who is on the Keeping Families Together Bus Tour en route to Washington D.C! Max is an NYIC DREAM Fellowship alumnus, who after being granted deferred action, started working with the NYIC's education program.

The Keeping Families Together bus tour is part of the...

Read More | written by thanuy | created 5 years 6 weeks ago
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