Access to Representation

On January 15, 2020, New York became the first state in the nation to introduce legislation that would guarantee all immigrants have access to a lawyer when facing deportation. The Access to Representation Act is an essential piece of legislation that would empower immigrants to protect themselves and their families from the Trump Administration’s deportation machine.

In Win for Advocate Groups, Cuomo’s State of the State Features Concrete Proposals for New York’s 4 Million Immigrants

But more needed to bring state closer to a comprehensive agenda for New York immigrants

New York, NY—In response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State address, which included hard-won victories for immigrant advocates, Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, issued the following statement:

“We thank Governor Cuomo for heeding the advice of African Communities Together, Masa, the Asian American Federation and the NYIC by supporting the expansion and codification of NYS’ language access executive order.

New Education Report Uncovers Pressing Need for Quality Programs and Funding to Support the Integration and Success of New York’s Young Children and Their Immigrant Families

The report includes recommendations to invest $25 million in Adult Literacy Education and increase access to home visiting programs for immigrant families to address the early childhood education needs of a growing number of children and their parents.

New York, NY—The New York Immigration Coalition today released a new report entitled 43% and Growing: Young Children from Immigrant Families in New York and How to Support their Success.

“43% and Growing” Report

This report identifies the pressing need to invest in educational resources for emergent multilingual learners (EMLLs) and their families in New York. Drawing on interviews conducted across the state, the report reveals the unique challenges these families face when trying to access quality early childhood programs for their young children (0-8). It provides specific and comprehensive recommendations to increase access to quality early childhood education for the growing population throughout the state.

All New Yorkers Will Have a Green Light to Drive Beginning December 16

DMV Staff Trained and Ready to Implement Greenlight NY Across the State
New York, NY—For the first time in nearly two decades, all New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status, will be able to apply for standard driver’s licenses starting December 16, when the recently passed Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (Greenlight NY) takes effect.