Immigrant Advocates Applaud Extension and Redesignation of TPS for Haiti

New York, NY—Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months, from February 4, 2023, through August 3, 2024. Secretary Mayorkas also redesignated Haiti for TPS, allowing Haitian nationals residing in the United States as of November 6, 2022, to apply for TPS through August 3, 2024, so long as they meet all eligibility requirements.

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.

First-In-Nation Legislation Would Create State Right for Legal Representation to Support Newly Arrived Asylum Seekers & Immigrant New Yorkers

NEW YORK – In response to Texas, Florida, and Arizona officials bussing nonconsenting asylum seekers to New York City and other surrounding regions, a broad coalition of elected officials, advocacy organizations, and impacted families today launched the new Campaign for Access, Representation, and Equity (CARE) for Immigrant Families, to pass the Access to Representation Act (S81B/A1961A). The bill will guarantee access to lawyers for immigrants at risk of deportation in New York.

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 Celebrate Introduction of Erie County Language Access Act, Demand Swift Passage

Erie County, NY—Today, the Language Access Working Group and Erie County Legislators gathered at the Legislature to celebrate the introduction of the Erie County Language Access Act in the Erie County Legislature. This bill would require all Erie County departments and agencies to adopt a language access plan which shall include language services in the top six languages spoken in Erie County, a community advisory council to give community groups representation and power over the planning and implementation, live interpretation, a specific timeline for the translation of vital documents, and more.

Title 42 Blocked By Judge, NYIC Applauds Historic Life-Saving Decision

New York, NY—Today, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blocked the implementation of Title 42, which has expelled migrants along the Southern border on the pretextual basis of public health concerns. The New York Immigration Coalition applauds this decision to protect the rights of asylum seekers, while demanding expanded protections for people seeking freedom in the United States.

Long Island Elected Leaders Demand Language Access Equity In Nassau County Police Department

Long Island, NY–Today, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and the Long Island Language Advocates Coalition (LILAC) sent a letter signed by elected officials on Long Island to the Nassau County Executive, Bruce Blakeman, demanding compliance of the existing language access policy by the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD). This comes after the NYIC and LILAC released a report in September detailing the systemic neglect of people living in Nassau County who have limited English proficiency.

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.