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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Following is a statement from Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

“Although Governor Cuomo’s delivered speech today only briefly touched upon immigration, it is important to bring attention to the Governor’s plan in its entirety as outlined in the press release that was sent out today.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that it would begin to implement the new deportation policy it had announced on August 18th, under which deportation cases currently pending in immigration court will be reviewed and cases deemed “low priority” will be closed. The agency has described as “low priority” those cases involving DREAM-eligible youth, military family members, crime victims, and immigrants with strong family ties.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The New York Immigration Coalition is pleased to learn of a shift in enforcement tactics by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents within 100 miles of the northern border. For years, advocates have raised concerns about the random sweeps conducted by CBP agents on Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses within that 100-mile zone.

Monday, October 3, 2011

In a full house at Tribeca Cinemas this evening, crowds came out in support of the DREAM Fellowship Program, an initiative of the NYIC in partnership with the Fund for Public Advocacy. The scholarship program will provide 10 exceptional undocumented students with financial support and internship opportunities to help them attend college. After the screening of Entre Nos, about the struggles of an undocumented immigrant mother trying to provide for her children, a post-screening discussion commenced.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rep. Gutierrez Meets with Immigrant Community Leaders, Local Electeds in New York as Part of Broad Public Education Campaign

Friday, September 16, 2011
Task Force Members Cannot Reach Consensus

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Today, faith leaders, joined by Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and founder of Define American, and other DREAMers, launched a statewide initiative called, “New York State Congregations in solidarity with DREAMers,” as part of a national DREAM Sabbath initiative spearheaded by Senator Richard Durbin in order to increase support for the DREAM Act.  Across the country, religious leaders will be holding DREAM Sabbath services.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today, in response to more than a year-long campaign pressing the Obama Administration to take action to stop tearing apart families, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will review its pending deportation caseload on a case-by-case basis and terminate those cases that do not fall within the agency's enforcement priorities, including DREAM Act-eligible youth, veterans and members of the armed services, and crime victims.  

The following is a statement from Jacqueline Esposito:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 New York, NY  Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) today joined 33 state and local legislators in a letter to President Obama calling for an end to the discredited “Secure Communities” program, which has been the subject of widespread criticism for undermining public safety and contributing to racial profiling and civil rights violations in immigrant communities.

Friday, August 5, 2011

In the wake of decisions by the governors of Illinois, New York and Massachusetts to reject the controversial Secure Communities program, the Obama Administration has disregarded the concerns they, as well as other public officials and law enforcement officers across the nation, raised by today announcing that DHS will continue its rapid rollout of the program - without state authorization - and is terminating all Memoranda Of Agreement (MOAs) with states that have implemented the program.  The MOAs contained provisions stating that states could termin


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