CURRENT PRESS RELEASES
More Than 30 Groups Join with Election Protection in Letter to Cuomo
In response to advocacy by a diverse coalition of groups, Governor Cuomo announced late this afternoon that all New Yorkers would be able to vote by paper ballot (known as an affidavit ballot) at any polling place in the state, and that all such ballots would be counted.
2.5 Million Limited English Proficient New Yorkers Will Now Receive Language Services at State Agencies
Advocates Will Hold Telephonic Press Conference to Answer Questions on This Important Policy
Tomorrow, immigrant advocate groups and 11 members of Congress called for an independent investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) into reports of racial profiling and other questionable practices by Border Patrol agents. Congress members Yvette Clarke, Charles Rangel and Maurice Hinchey signed onto the request for an investigation.
On late Wednesday morning, over a thousand young people and their families made their way toward St. Mary’s Church on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), the New York State Immigrant Action Fund (NYSIAF), and the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) set up a day-long orientation workshop and free legal clinic for potential applicants of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new deferred action policy.
The Department of Homeland Security today provided additional information on the deferred action for young people process in preparation for the August 15 implementation date. The New York Immigration Coalition will host a press conference and an orientation for potential applicants on August 15, 2012. Details forthcoming.
In a major victory for public health, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today to uphold the key provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the “individual mandate,” which requires most Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. The Court limited the federal government’s ability to enforce the ACA’s Medicaid expansion provisions, but states will still have the option to opt into Medicaid expansion. Now that the Supreme
Mayors Emanuel, Rawlings-Blake Lead Call for Reducing Cost Barriers to Naturalization at U.S. Conference of Mayors
Immigrant Communities Renew Call for Immigration Reform and National Voter Mobilization Campaign
Photo above: Jacki Esposito, Director of Immigration Advocacy at the New York Immigration Coalition makes remarks in front of 26 Federal Plaza on the Supreme Court's decision on SB1070. To her left is Congressman Jerrold Nadler and to her right, Councilman Daniel Dromm.
Passage of State DREAM Legislation Would Leverage Federal Change for Maximum Impact; NYIC and Allies Launch State DREAM Call-In Day
With only three days left in the state legislative session, immigrant advocates and their allies are calling on Governor Cuomo, Speaker Silver and Majority Leader Skelos to pass state-level legislation to provide tuition assistance (TAP) to undocumented youth (DREAMers).