CURRENT PRESS RELEASES
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).
A struggle that began more than a decade ago with the introduction of the Dream Act in Congress took a major turn today with the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security would provide relief from deportation for certain young people who were brought to the United States as children. Those who meet the eligibility requirements will receive deferred action for two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization.
With 10 Days Left in Session, Immigrants and Labor Urge Cuomo, Silver and Skelos to Make DREAM Come True
Department of Homeland Security Announces May 15th S-Comm Activation
Secure Communities, the widely discredited Department of Homeland Security program that requires states to identify immigrants for deportation, is expected to be activated across New York State, including in New York City, on May 15.
Statement by Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition,on the Passage of Assembly bill A08689B:
"The NYIC has always supported the New York State DREAM Act and DREAM Fund as a package. The key provision in the DREAM Fund bill passed in the Assembly today would set up a commission to raise private scholarships for undocumented students. While private scholarships could be helpful, the Fund, by itself, does not accomplish the ultimate goal of equal access to college education for all students.
Groups Renew Calls for Immediate Termination of the Program
Immigrant Community, Clergy, and Civil Rights Leaders Stand Against Discrimination as Court Considers AZ’s SB1070 Law
At St. Teresa’s Church in Manhattan, members of diverse faith communities gathered with DREAMers and community leaders to hold an interfaith press conference highlighting the urgency of passing New York State DREAM legislation.
On an unseasonably warm spring day, two hundred New Yorkers, including advocates, city officials, immigrant community members, and dozens of diverse immigrant groups, gathered at City Hall to promote the NYIC’s Top City Budget and Policy Priorities for the year.