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While McConnell Blocks Everything in DC, New York State Moves Forward on Driver’s Licenses

Advocates Secure Restoration of Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants in the Empire State New York State passed a bill that will allow everyone, regardless of their immigration status, to obtain a license to drive legally in the state. Advocates for immigrant communities and their allies across the state won a tremendous victory for public safety, … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New York Daily News Op-Ed: Canceling protected status for Nepalese immigrants will devastate my family

Next Temporary Protected Status Decision: Honduras, 5/4/2018, 2 Days As we await this week’s Honduras TPS renewal decision by Friday May 4, 2018, Flora Margolis, in an Op-Ed featured in the New York Daily News, recalls how Trump’s decision late last week to terminate TPS for Nepal affected her family. Read the entire op-ed, excerpted below, here. “Our family is … Continue reading »

A Tale of Two Congressional Responses to Immigration Raids

In NY-22, Rep. Claudia Tenney is Silent, While in NC-4, Rep. David Price Shows Up and Speaks Out New York Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-22) has a lot to say. She’s incensed at Canada for a pricing scheme that undercuts New York’s dairy industry. She’s outraged that leaders in New York want to ensure that every driver on the state’s roads … Continue reading »

In New York Special Election, GOP’s Nativist Fear Mongering Fails Yet Again

Democrat Steve Stern Flips GOP State Assembly District in Long Island as Republicans’ Playbook Falls Flat Again Yesterday, Democrat Steve Stern won a New York State Assembly special election on Long Island, flipping a seat that had been long under Republicans’ control. The contest featured several familiar themes we are seeing in races all across America this … Continue reading »

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Urges Trump Administration To Extend Nepali Temporary Protected Status

Trump Administration to Decide By April 25th Whether to Protect or Deport 9k Nepali Immigrants A TimesLedger piece highlights New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepali TPS holders, who will learn on or before April 25th if the Trump Administration will extend or terminate the program.  The piece in its entirety can … Continue reading »

Warrantless Raid at NY Dairy Farm Violates Founding Principles of United States

But Rep. Claudia Tenney Has Nothing to Say The story of ICE’s warrantless raid on an upstate New York dairy farm is drawing national attention and outrage, yet the local member of Congress, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY-22), is awkwardly avoiding the issue. The only related public commentary from Rep. Tenney has been a reaction from an office spokesperson, … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Kathmandu Post: Grant TPS Status to Nepalis in New York, says NYC Mayor

Decision Deadline for Nepal TPS: 4/25/2018 21 days New York, NY – The Kathmandu Post reports on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement last week, which called on the Administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepali TPS holders in New York, so that they are not forced to return to an unstable and unsafe country still recovering from a calamitous natural … Continue reading »

ICYMI: LI Herald: “TPS holders cast into the shadows?”

Nearly 10,000 TPS Holders in Nassau County, Long Island Facing Forced Deportation Long Island, NY  – In the first installment of an ongoing series called “No Place to Call Home,” which aims to unravel the real-life impacts of stripping almost 10,000 Nassau County immigrants of their legal status, this piece aptly frames the discussion, citing the extent to which … Continue reading »

Immigration Goes Looking for Fourth Grader; Why Isn’t Kelly Keeping Agents Out of Schools?

In what’s been called a “disgusting act of intimidation“, federal agents from the Customs and Immigration Service showed up at a public school in Queens last week looking for information on a fourth grader, before being turned away by a school safety agent and an administrator. Immigration agents come to school To be fair, the agents … Continue reading »

Ahead of AG Sessions Visit, Long Island Community Leaders Stand United — in Favor of Addressing Local Challenges Together, and Against the Visit by the Divisive Sessions

Long Island, NY — On a press call today, local community leaders made it clear that what Long Island needs is for local leaders, elected officials, and law enforcement to come together to address the community’s challenges, not a politically-motivated visit by the divisive Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A Sessions visit is more likely to … Continue reading »