Organization Timeline

For more than 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.

November 1986 July 1987 November 1990 1994 - 1995 September 1996 1999 - 2000 September 11, 2001 2002 - 2004 March 2003 May 2004 April 2006 September 2006 July 2008 March 2010 2011 June 2012 August 2012 2014 February - July 2014 November 2014 November 2016 2017  January 2017 March 2019 June 17, 2019 June 27, 2019 March 2020 May 2020 June 10, 2020 June 18, 2020 December 2020 April 2021 December 2021 April 2022 August 5, 2022 August 7, 2022 August 26, 2022 June 2022

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.

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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.

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Immigration Act of 1990

The Immigration Act of 1990 was passed and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, overhauling the legal immigration system, delineating family sponsored, employment based, and diversity based paths for immigration to the United States.

Campaigns for Citizenship

The NYIC launches a statewide advertising, press, and promotions campaign with 40 partner groups to promote citizenship: “Have a Voice. Make a Difference. Become a U.S. Citizen.”

Clinton's IIRIRA of 1996

President Clinton signs the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 into law, expanding the definition of who was considered deportable and instituting harsher penalties for illegal immigration.

200,000 in 2000

The NYIC coordinates its first high-profile campaign for immigrant voter mobilization in partnership with roughly 20 member groups conducting over 100 voter education events, resulting in 70,000 individuals pledging to vote.

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.

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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.

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Creation of ICE

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was founded in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and is charged with detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants already within the United States.

Immigrant Advocacy Fellowship Program

The Immigrant Advocacy Fellowship Program launches the first cohort of leaders. The program is designed to cultivate a new generation of immigrant community leaders.

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.

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Tackling Language Barriers in Hospitals

NYS policy is enacted requiring hospitals to provide interpreters to patients who have difficulty communicating in English, as a result of a multi-year campaign by the NYIC and member groups.

Citywide Policy on Language Access

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs Executive Order 120, a landmark policy that directs all city agencies to provide interpretation and translation services to New Yorkers with limited English, thanks to ten years of advocacy from the NYIC.

March for America!

The NYIC mobilizes over 12,000 New Yorkers from every region to Washington D.C. demanding immigration reform.

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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.

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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.

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NYIC Leads DACA outreach

As the federal government begins accepting DACA applications, the NYIC led outreach, training and education efforts across the state to raise awareness of the program for community members, groups, legal providers, and government agencies.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Trump Wins 2016 Presidential Election

Donald Trump wins the 2016 presidential election, running as one of the most openly xenophobic and anti-immigrant candidates in modern history.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Green Light Campaign Success

The NYIC wins the historic Green Light campaign, expanding access to driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers, no matter their immigration status.

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.

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First Case of COVID-19 in NY

Census 2020 is wrapping up just as the first case of COVID-19 is confirmed in New York. NYC rapidly becomes the epicenter of the first wave of the global pandemic.

Immediate Mobilizing for Cash Assistance

The NYIC raises $2.9 million to provide direct cash assistance to more than 5,000 New Yorkers excluded from the federal stimulus package.

ICE Out of Courts

The NYIC helps pass a ban on Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) policy of courthouse arrests.


The Supreme Court rules that the Trump administration cannot terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The NYIC campaigned with partners across the state and country to save this critical program.

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.

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Excluded Workers Fund

NYIC partners with the FEW Coalition to establish a $2.1 billion fund for New York’s immigrant essential workers that were previously excluded from federal pandemic relief aid.

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.

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NYIC and the Coverage4All Coalition expand Medicaid coverage to all eligible women, regardless of immigration status, for up to 12 months post-pregnancy.

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Asylum Seekers Bused to NYC

Texas Governor Greg Abbott sends the first bus of asylum seekers to New York City, after sending other buses to Washington, D.C. for months as part of a larger political stunt intended to protest the Biden administration's border policies.

NYIC Welcomes Buses at Port Authority

The NYIC meets the first bus from Texas at Port Authority, welcoming asylum seekers to New York and distributing dignity bags with supplies alongside mutual aid groups, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, and other organizations.

Welcoming NY

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.

Historic Legal Funding Secured

The NYIC wins a historic $63 million dollar investment in the Office of New Americans, which works to assist newcomers to New York State to fully participate in the State's civic and economic life, for immigration legal and essential services in the State budget. This will help thousands of low-income immigrant New Yorkers receive legal representation through the Liberty Defense Project and ONA Legal Counsels.