Immigration Advocates Respond to Independent Redistricting Commission’s New State Assembly Maps

New York, NY–Today, the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) publicly released new draft State Assembly maps and confirmed the statewide public hearing schedule. The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and NYIC Action Executive Director Murad Awawdeh released the following statement in response:

“While the redistricting process has faced an array of challenges, we are glad the Independent Redistricting Commission released draft Assembly maps today and set dates for public comment for New Yorkers to have their voices heard.

NYIC & Allies Join Launch of #ChooseWelcome Campaign to Bolster Communities Welcoming Buses with People Seeking Safety

New York, NY–Today, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) joined Families Belong Together and partners from all over the country in launching #ChooseWelcome. This nationwide campaign invites everyday people, community organizations, and elected officials to pledge to stand on the side of welcome as vulnerable people seek safety in their communities.

Immigrant Advocates Applaud Permanent Housing Reforms, Call for Further Inclusion of Asylum Seekers

New York, NY—Yesterday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a package of housing reforms intended to help unhoused individuals and families secure permanent housing. Included in these reforms are a range of changes to the City Family Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (CityFHEPS) housing voucher program intended to make the program easier and faster to access.

Immigrant Advocates Commend Closing of Tent Complex on Randalls Island, Call for Permanent Housing

New York, NY—Today, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that the tent complex for asylum seekers at Randalls Island, referred to as the Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center (HERRC), will be closing next week. The tent complex, which had the capacity for 1,000 people, was sparsely utilized since opening last month after its initial location at Orchard Beach was nixed.

Immigrant Advocates Call for Full Restoration of NYC Schools Budget

New York, NY—Today, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David C. Banks announced that the Department of Education (DOE) would allocate approximately $200 million of FY24 federal stimulus money for school budgets this year to ensure individual NYC school budgets would be held harmless for declining enrollment.

Immigration Advocates Respond to NYC Districting Commission’s Approval of New Council Maps

New York, NY–Today, the New York City Districting Commission publicly approved the new City Council maps. The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and NYIC Action Executive Director Murad Awawdeh released the following statement in response:

“After the Commission voted to not move forward with their current maps last month, we were hopeful to see them put in place positive changes in the way New Yorkers are represented in this city.