NYIC Criticizes Shortfall in Census Funding & Calls for Additional Investment in NYS 2019-20

March 31st, 2019

NEW YORK, NY – Following the announcement of the SFY 2019-20 budget today, which notably failed to include the $40 million allocation of funding for Census 2020 outreach and education initially included in both NYS Senate and Assembly One House budgets, Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, issued the following statement:

"News that New York State's budget allocation for Census 2020 has been slashed to $20 million is devastating for immigrants and all New Yorkers.

Statewide Day of Action: Immigrant Advocates Turn Up the Heat on Leg Support for Driver’s Licenses

March 22nd, 2019

Advocates mobilize in Long Island, Westchester and New York City, calling for NYS to expand access to driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers

NEW YORK, NY – Today hundreds of members of the Green Light NY coalition – from Long Island, Westchester and New York City – joined together to hold a day of action calling on members of the State Legislature to act on legislation that would expand access to driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, as part of the state budget.

Save Our Seats: NY Congressional Delegation and Community Advocates Call on Cuomo to Commit $40M for Accurate Census

March 19th, 2019

NYS to lose up to two congressional seats based on projected Census data

NEW YORK, NY — Today, the New York Counts 2020 coalition joined members of the New York congressional delegation for a press conference calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to join the State Legislature and commit $40 million in funding for Census outreach and education, and protect New Yorkers from losing political representation based on inaccurate Census data.

Immigrant Advocates Don’t Buy Secretary Ross’ Testimony on Citizenship Question

March 14th, 2019

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross refuses to give answers ahead of SCOTUS Census case

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, voluntarily and without a subpoena. After Secretary Ross refused to give definitive answers to several questions of the committee, Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings asked Ross to produce priority documents and answers to the questions by Tuesday, March 19th 2019. Chairman Cummings noted that if the Secretary did not by that date, he would be forced to issue a subpoena.

It’s Your Turn Cuomo: NYS Assembly and Senate Commit $40M for Census Funding

March 13th, 2019

One House Budgets include New York Counts 2020 ask for $40M for Census

NEW YORK, NY – Just a week after the New York Counts 2020 coalition mobilized 200+ people in Albany to call on the legislature to commit funding for Census outreach and education, the New York State Senate and Assembly have both included the $40 million ask in their respective One House budgets for Census funding.

Immigrant Advocates Celebrate Introduction of Landmark DREAM, TPS Bill in House of Representatives

March 12th, 2019

NY Reps Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke introduce bill to protect Dreamers and TPS/DED recipients
NEW YORK, NY – Today, U.S. Representatives Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke, standing alongside Speaker Nancy Pelosi and more than three dozen other Members of Congress, introduced the Dream and Promise Act H.R. 6. This landmark legislation would put immigrants brought to the United States as youth and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) on a road to permanent residency and citizenship.