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New York's Bill de Blasio Rallies 25 Mayors to Make Obama's Executive Action a Reality

Implementation of President Obama’s new executive action on immigration will begin sometime next year, and a number of Democratic mayors led by New York City’s Bill de Blasio met this week to share and discuss coordination efforts.  Read more from MSNBC: “Mayors to make Obama immigration order a reality“: Mayors and senior officials from 25 … Continue reading »

Long Island Joins 200 Jurisdictions Nationwide in Rejecting Automatic ICE Holds

More than 200 police jurisdictions nationwide have ended their cooperation with automatic ICE holds, and Long Island is now one of them. Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco this week ended his department’s cooperation with ICE holds, in which immigrants who are detained by police traffic or other minor violations are automatically detained until immigration officials can pick … Continue reading »

New York State Assembly Passes DREAM Act, 82-46

Yesterday, the New York state Assembly passed a bill that would make DREAMers eligible for tuition assistance programs in the state.  The bill passed the Assembly by an 82-46 vote, and now heads to the Senate, where it has 27 Democratic sponsors.  That’s five short of the majority needed for the bill to pass.  Govenor … Continue reading »

New Poll: 2014 Voters in Rep. Peter King’s District Looking for Leadership on Immigration Reform

Overwhelming Support for House Immigration Bill Shows that Voters are Looking for Less Talk and More Action  As Republican leadership in the House looks for more excuses aimed at stalling immigration reform, reformers around the country from across the political spectrum are calling on key Republicans to lead in pressing for votes to get immigration … Continue reading »

A New Day in Long Island: Steve Bellone Signs Executive Order Granting Equal Access to Non-English Speakers

Great news out of Long Island today, where activists are celebrating a civil rights victory for immigrants.  From a Make the Road New York press release: This morning, Long Island’s Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed an Executive Order that requires all County agencies to provide translation and interpretation, ensuring equal access to services for … Continue reading »

From New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo, A Determination to Protect DREAMers from Notario Fraud

President Obama’s June announcement (that DREAM Act-eligible youth would be spared from deportation and granted work permits) was widely applauded as a move that would finally grant relief to young immigrants and allow them to move toward legal status.  But a shady, cynical cadre of fraudulent lawyers and notarios has already sprung up, prepared to … Continue reading »

Across the Country, Opposition To “Secure Communities” Continues to Grow

The drumbeat of criticism about the Obama Administration’s so-called “Secure Communities” program continues, as more cities and states push back against its dragnet approach and insist on local control over police priorities.  As we’ve noted before, the ramifications of S-Comm are often eerily similar to the ramifications of Arizona’s SB 1070.  It allows police wide … Continue reading »

NYT's "The Powers of New York" Includes Dream Activists

Sunday’s New York Times featured a profile on “The Powers of New York,” described as: Influence in New York is now wielded by a larger and more diverse array of people. As part of a special issue of Metropolitan, here’s a look at who is at the top and who may be on the way, as … Continue reading »