Yesterday, a man driving a truck killed eight people and injured others. In response to increasing anti-Muslim sentiments after this incident, the New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director, Steve Choi, issued the following statement:
"First, the NYIC sends its condolences to the families and victims of this attack. It is a horrible act of violence that should offend all people of conscience, not an opportunity to perpetuate anti-Muslim bigotry. We will not make this country safer or greater by turning against each other in this awful moment for our city. This is our New York and we must come together and stand united against hate. We are #NYCStrong."
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams. Our mission is to unite immigrants, members, & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive. We represent the collective interests of New York's diverse immigrant communities and organizations and devise solutions to advance them; advocate for laws, policies, and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups; and build the power of immigrants and the organizations that serve them to ensure their sustainability, to improve people's lives, and to strengthen our state.