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Thursday, April 27, 2017

On Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio released an $84.9 billion budget for New York City against a backdrop of uncertainty from the Federal government. Steve Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A San Francisco judge blocked enforcement of President Trump’s executive order barring federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities Tuesday. In response, Steve Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, released the following statement: 

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Justice Department sent letters to eight cities Friday that threaten to withhold federal grant money if they don’t demonstrate cooperation with immigration enforcement.

In response, Steve Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition released the following statement:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

In response to news reports, Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, released the following statement:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Americans could wind up facing felony charges for giving someone a ride

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a widely reported memo to the Department of Justice outlining new policies targeting undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

However, the memo also makes clear that American citizens and immigrants with lawful status will also be subject to criminal prosecution if:

Monday, April 10, 2017

“The 2017 budget is a disappointment for our four million immigrant New Yorkers, at a time when President Trump’s Muslim bans, deportation threats, and proposed budget cuts have directly threatened our communities. Although we are pleased with the IDC’s historic investment of $10 million for critical immigration services, there remain unaddressed gaps in legal services, undocumented youth have been excluded from the Excelsior Scholarship, and the budget did not address other important issues such as adult education.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Steven Choi, Executive Director of NYIC, responds to recent ruling in favor of IDNYC:

“The New York Immigration Coalition is thrilled with the judge's ruling allowing the City to properly safeguard the privacy and personal documents of IDNYC cardholders, including the tens of thousands of New York's immigrants who have benefited greatly from all of the City's resources. IDNYC is designed to create opportunity for all New Yorkers, including our immigrants, and not to put people at risk. This is our New York: a city for all."


Thursday, March 30, 2017

In another victory for immigrant communities and advocates, Federal District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawai’i extended his order blocking President Trump’s “Muslim and refugee” ban indefinitely.  Earlier this month, President Trump issued his “Muslim Ban 2.0,” a second attempt at an executive order barring refugee resettlement for up to four months,  stopping travel from six Muslim-majority countries, and limiting the U.S refugee resettlement quota to 50,000 refu

Friday, March 24, 2017

Car seat violation leads to arrest; Police with dogs, batons, pepper spray engage peaceful protester

Last night, the Geneseo Police Department pulled over a car, separating five children from their family, ultimately turning over two mothers and their 12 year old brother to the U.S. Border Patrol.

Friday, March 24, 2017

 Today, Governor Cuomo announced his Liberty Defense Project, a program which proposes to offer pro-bono legal services and other resources to immigrants regardless of their status.

New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director, Steven Choi, released the following statement:


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