CURRENT PRESS RELEASES
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.
Members of the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), joined by Speaker Christine Quinn, City Council Immigration Chair Danny Dromm, parents, community leaders, schools, consulates, and elected officials, converged on the steps of City Hall today to announce the launch of the school-based Family Resource Center initiative (FRC) in each of the five boroughs.
Today, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order providing language assistance services at all state agencies that interact directly with the public. The executive order would cover over 20 agencies, and provides for translation of key documents into six languages, and interpretation services for all languages.
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.
Rep. Gutierrez Meets with Immigrant Community Leaders, Local Electeds in New York as Part of Broad Public Education Campaign
Task Force Members Cannot Reach Consensus
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.
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:
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.
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