Broad Coalition of Elected Officials and Advocates Unveil Analysis of Granting Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented New Yorkers

January 31st, 2017

New Reports by New York City Comptroller Stringer and Fiscal Policy Institute Show Expanding Driver’s Licenses Would Benefit All New Yorkers

Policy Would Increase Economic Mobility, Improve Road Safety, and More than Pay for Itself

Coalition of Leaders and Advocates Led by New York Immigration Coalition Kicks Off “Green Light NY: Driving Together” Campaign to Push Expansion of Access to Driver’s Licenses

The New York Immigration Coalition, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, the Fiscal Policy Institute, elected officials and immigration advocates today released new analyses of the fiscal costs and benefits of expanding access to driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers, without regard to immigration status, and the launch of a new campaign announced, Green Light NY: Driving Together.

30,000 New Yorkers March to End Refugee & Muslim Ban

January 29th, 2017

At least 30,000 New Yorkers - including immigrants, refugees, Muslims and allies - gathered in Battery Park City across from the Statue of Liberty to demand that Trump rescind his recent executive orders and end all hateful policies.

You can see photos here.

Coalition Hosts Interfaith Action & Jummah Prayer for Muslim and Immigrant Communities

January 27th, 2017

Today at Foley Square in Manhattan, the New York Immigration Coalition, Majlis Al Shura: The Islamic Leadership Council of Greater NY, and the Interfaith Clergy of New York City held a special interfaith rally and Jummah prayer to stand with New York's Muslim and immigrant communities facing anti-immigrant and Islamophobic attacks by the Federal government.

New York Jewish Leaders, Immigration Coalition Denounce Trump Action Targeting Refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27th, 2017

This afternoon, President Donald Trump signed Executive Orders blocking refugees from seeking safety and restricting immigration from Muslim countries – the beginnings of a Muslim ban. These actions ban entry to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries, halt all refugee admissions – including 60,000 refugees from war-torn countries already vetted and approved for admission to United States - for at least 4 months, and sharply cuts the overall level of refugees admitted to the country.

Coalition, Advocates, Immigrants, Refugee Service Providers, and Elected Officials Respond to President Trump’s Extremist Immigration Agenda

January 26th, 2017

At the New York Immigration Coalition this afternoon, advocates, immigrants, refugees, service providers, and elected officials gathered to condemn President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

Yesterday, the President signed Executive Orders during an appearance at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directing DHS to expand the southern border wall, enhance aggressive interior enforcement targeting immigrants, increase Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staff by five thousand new officers, empower CBP to turn away asylum seekers, and end Federal funding to “sanctuary cities.

Coalition Responds to President Trump’s Harmful Executive Orders on Immigration, Launch of Extremist Immigration Agenda

January 25th, 2017

Today, President Donald Trump signed executive orders during an appearance at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directing the agency to expand the southern border wall, broaden aggressive interior enforcement targeting immigrants, increase Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staff by five thousand new officers, empower CBP to turn away asylum seekers, and end Federal funding to “sanctuary cities.

Coalition Decries Unconstitutional, Destructive DHS Memos Targeting Millions of Immigrants for Enforcement

January 21st, 2017

Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly signed two memorandums outlining the Department’s plan to implement President Trump’s executive orders on interior enforcement and border security. While some of the directives in the memos can be implemented immediately, others, such as the construction of a border wall and hiring additional immigration enforcement officers, will require additional funding from Congress.

Coalition Calls for Dignity and Justice for Immigrants as President-Elect Donald Trump is Inaugurated

January 20th, 2017

At noon today, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. As a candidate, his campaign was centered on an anti-immigrant stance that called for the building of a “wall,” mass deportations, banning Muslim immigration, and “religious tests” for those looking to the United States as safe haven from war and persecution.

Coalition Responds to Governor Cuomo’s FY 2018 Executive Budget

January 18th, 2017

On Tuesday evening, Governor Cuomo unveiled the proposed FY 2018 Executive Budget.

The FY 2018 budget does the following:

Funding for New York State Office of New Americans remains at $6.4 million, with no increase in the budget, nor any outlined state resources for the Governor's announced “Immigrant Legal Defense Fund”;
Funding for Adult Literacy Education was reduced to $6.3 million, a million-dollar cut from last year’s enacted budget;
Language that defines how school funding is calculated and distributed amongst districts was revised significantly.

On National Day of Action, Coalition Brings Hundreds of Immigrants to D.C for the #HereToStay Rally and Launches the “This Is Our NY” Campaign

January 14th, 2017

(Washington D.C and New York, NY) Today, immigrants, families, and allies rallied, marched, and held a mass community gathering in Washington D.C and nearly 50 locations nationwide. They met to build momentum to prevent deportations, preserve the DACA program and create sanctuaries of safety and deportation defense networks in cities, schools, churches and states.