For 35 years, the NYIC has worked tirelessly to transform the lives of all New Yorkers by strengthening and building our members' power, organizing and educating our communities and the public, and using our collective voice to advocate for opportunity and justice.
Take a look at our timeline to learn more about our successes and challenges over the years.
IRCA Goes Into Effect
The Immigration Reform and Control Act was signed into law by President Reagan, allowing over 2.7 million immigrants to legalize their status.
NYIC is founded
The NYIC is founded to provide immigrant New Yorkers access to legal, employment, and healthcare services and support navigating a quickly evolving policy landscape in the wake of the passage of IRCA.
September 11 Attacks
Coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon lead to nearly 3,000 lives lost. The aftermath of 9/11 spurred an unprecedented tide of Islamophobic and anti-immigrant hate across the United States.
Community Building After 9/11
In the aftermath of 9/11, the NYIC organized legal service collaboratives providing immigration, social services and employment law assistance to immigrants impacted by the disaster.
Historic NYC Immigration Rally
In protest of H.R. 4437, the NYIC is a lead organizer of the largest immigration rally in New York City’s history.
March for America!
The NYIC mobilizes over 12,000 New Yorkers from every region to Washington D.C. demanding immigration reform.
Statewide Policy on Language Access
After strategic advocacy by the NYIC, Governor Cuomo issues Executive Order 26, establishing New York’s first statewide language access policy.
DACA Program is Announced
President Obama announces the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, allowing young undocumented immigrants to gain work permits and driver’s licenses, pursue higher education, and be shielded from deportation.
NYIC's Advocacy Expands Regionally
The NYIC expands its reach by hiring regional advocacy coordinators to support our member groups in Westchester and Long Island.
A New York City ID for All New Yorkers
Mayor Bill de Blasio announces the launch of the New York City ID card for all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.
Reducing NYC's Cooperation with Federal Immigration
Mayor Bill de Blasio signs Introductions 486-A and 487-A into law, dramatically limiting New York City’s cooperation with federal immigration enforcement practices, except in instances where there are public safety concerns.
This Is Our New York
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, the NYIC launched “This Is Our New York” campaign, in which rapid response efforts and rallies became part of the day-to-day fabric of our work.
Trump signs Executive Order 13769, informally known as the "Muslim Ban.” In response to Trump’s first Muslim Ban, the New York Immigration Coalition led the #NoBanJFK movement, assisting travelers from over 20 countries and organizing hundreds of lawyers and volunteers.
Language Access Expands Across NYS
Westchester County expands their language access to include nine additional languages, including Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French (including Haitian Creole), Arabic, Tagalog, Japanese, Albanian, and Portuguese thanks to the NYIC’s efforts.
Trump v. New York
In the lawsuit Trump v. New York, the NYIC defeats President Trump’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the Census 2020 questionnaire at the Supreme Court, a major victory for the health of our democracy.
COVID-19 Relief for All New Yorkers
The NYIC helps win $4 billion in pandemic relief for mixed-status families that are finally included in federal pandemic aid after initially being excluded.
Our City, Our Vote
In partnership with the OCOV Coalition, the NYIC led the campaign to pass Intro 1867 in the New York City Council.
NYIC and the Coverage4All Coalition expand Medicaid coverage to all eligible women, regardless of immigration status, for up to 12 months post-pregnancy.
In response to the ongoing busing of asylum seekers to New York City, the NYIC launches the Welcoming New York campaign. The federal, state, and local advocacy campaign keeps pressure on every level of government to ensure a quicker and more efficient response to the pressing needs of new arrivals.