Staff Series: Claudia Calhoon, Director of Health Policy

April 2nd, 2018

In the midst of anti-immigrant policies piping down from the Trump administration, on January 23, Governor Cuomo announced that DACA recipients would remain eligible for the state-funded Medicaid program, regardless of federal policy changes. To better understand the significance of this victory, we sat down with Claudia Calhoun, the NYIC Director of Health Policy.

AmeriCorps Week: Alejandra Lopez-Cuellar

March 16th, 2018

NYIC VISTA Leader Alejandra Lopez-Cuellar

By Alejandra Lopez-Cuellar

I began my first year as an AmeriCorps VISTA shortly after graduating from college in the Spring of 2016. At the time, and even now, I had no idea what I wanted to do career wise.

AmeriCorps Week: Wendy Odle-Harvey

March 16th, 2018

Civic Corps Member Wendy Odle-Harvey

By Wendy Odle-Harvey

Let me start by saying, “awesome”,”amazing”,“inspiring”. Here are some of the reasons why serving as an AmeriCorps member at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is all that and more to me.

Suffolk Sheriff Will Continue Honoring Cooperation With ICE

March 7th, 2018

Suffolk Sheriff Errol Toulon at left. (Photo:Pat Young)

Suffolk County’s new sheriff, Errol Toulon Jr., replaced Vincent DeMarco in January. De Marco, a staunchly conservative supporter of President Trump’s immigration policies, had established a policy of tight cooperation with ICE. He used the Sheriff’s Department to enforce immigration laws in Long Island’s easternmost county and rented detention space in the county jail to ICE.

There were hopes that Sheriff Toulon, a Democrat, would follow his national party’s lead by reconsidering DeMarco’s anti-immigrant program.

Staff Series: Francis Madi

December 20th, 2017

Francis Madi, Manager of Advocacy

Q. First, tell us what happened at the rally. How did the December 6th mobilization go?

The December 6th mobilization to Washington DC to protect TPS and pass a clean DREAM Act was very powerful and beautiful.

Trump Proposes Cutting Legal Immigration in Half

August 2nd, 2017

President Trump called for an end to the family-based immigration system in a speech today. Currently, more than two-thirds of immigration to the United States is based on the immigrant having a close family relationship to an American Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Staff Series: Just Ask Max

May 30th, 2017

Max Hadler, Senior Health Advocacy Manager

The NYIC's Senior Manager of Health Advocacy Max Hadler sat down with us last week to discuss the impact of the American Health Care Act on immigrants - and all New Yorkers - and the NYIC's advocacy against the bill, as well as how he came to the NYIC and what it means to work on health advocacy for immigrants during this uncertain time.

Music Across Borders: Artists from the Seven Banned Nations

May 18th, 2017

Donald Trump's Executive Order (which is currently under a restraining order) banning travel from Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, and Libya have forced us to ask difficult questions about who we are as a nation. Do we want to remain a welcoming country, a nation of immigrants? If so, we must continue to celebrate the brave people from around the world who have left their homes to seek a new one here.

Need legal assistance?

Call the NYS Immigration Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 or view our directory of service providers here