Immigrant Rights Advocates & Elected Officials Rally to Keep NY Families Together, Pass New York For All Act

The New York for All Act prohibits local law enforcement and state agencies from colluding with federal immigration authorities 

The livestream is here. Photos and videos are here. High-res photos by Oscar B. Castillo are here.

New York—On Thursday, June 1 the New York For All Coalition, elected officials, immigrant rights advocates, allies and impacted community members rallied and held a press conference at the Capitol’s Million Dollar Staircase for the New York For All Act (S987 Gounardes / A5686 Reyes).

New York is safer when all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, are able to go to school, receive health care, or call 911 when there is an emergency.

Immigrant Advocates Applaud NYC Council Package on CityFHEPS Housing Vouchers

New York, NY—Today, the NYC City Council passed its four-bill package to expand access to the CityFHEPS voucher program, including eliminating the 90-day waiting period. 

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“The CityPHEPS package advanced by the New York City Council is a critical piece of legislation that will bring low-income New Yorkers one step closer to being able to start building a future for themselves and their families.

Immigrant Rights Advocates & Faith Leaders Welcome Asylum Seekers to Erie County, Applaud County Exec Poloncarz

Video of the press conference is available here

New York—Today, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), Jericho Road Community Health Center, Justice for Migrant Families, allies, faith leaders, member organizations, and immigrant New Yorkers rallied and held a press conference at Niagara Square in support of welcoming asylum seekers to the Buffalo area.

Immigrant Advocates Commend Gov. Hochul’s Call to NYS Counties to Welcome Asylum Seekers & Demands for Expedited Work Permits From Biden

New York, NY—Today, NYS Governor Kathy Houchul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams held a press conference calling for expedited work authorization for asylum seekers, and coordination with local municipalities across the state to house them.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“Today, Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams showed what can be possible when multiple levels of government work together to turn a challenge into an opportunity.

Immigrant Advocates Demand Coordination from Mayor Adams in Ensuring Safe & Welcoming Reception for Asylum Seekers Sent to Sullivan County

New York, NY—Today, New York City Mayor Adams sent asylum seekers to hotels in Liberty and Monticello, NY. The Sullivan County Legislature Chairman released a statement opposing the move.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“For centuries, people have immigrated to New York State and contributed to the communities that we all live in today.

Immigrant Advocates Demand Mayor Adams’ Scrap Plan to House Asylum Seekers At Rikers Island Jail

New York, NY—Today, the New York Daily News reported that New York City officials are seriously considering a plan to house newly arriving asylum seekers in a now-shuttered Rikers Island jail.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“Rikers Island has a long track record of causing nothing but pain, suffering and death to those that have been forced to reside there.

NYIC Calls on Gov. Hochul To Increase Coordination Efforts with Municipalities to Ensure Successful Integration of Asylum Seekers Across NYS

New York, NY—Today, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul issued a letter to President Biden, urging him to direct additional federal resources to the State of New York as it contends with the continued busing of asylum seekers to New York City. Earlier this week, she issued an Executive Order that is providing the State with greater flexibility to procure the resources necessary for municipalities to support asylum seekers.