New York Immigration Coalition Unveils Its 2020 Campaigns at Member Congress

NYIC Member Congress

On Tuesday and Wednesday one hundred and thirty members of the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) met in Albany to begin work on the NYIC’s 2020 state campaigns. With so many victories in last year’s legislative session, immigrant leaders were excited to kick-off six campaigns. Here are the campaign priorities:

  1. New York’s Promise Package
    -Invest $5 million in the New York State Enhanced Services to Refugees Program (NYSESRP) to help refugee resettlement agencies more fully serve refugees already in their communities and attract others to areas that recognize refugees as contributors to population growth and economic revitalization.
    -Invest $25 million in Adult Literacy Education (ALE) to support high-quality, community-based learning for
    -Invest $25 million in immigration legal services to ensure that New Yorkers facing complex immigration issues
    have access to legal support and assistance.
  2. Access to Representation
    Introduce a bill that mandates access to legal services for low-income immigrants in New York State.
  3. Coverage 4 All
    Allocate $532 million to create a state-funded Essential Plan for New Yorkers up to 200% of the federal poverty level who are currently excluded because of their immigration status.
  4. Education
    Secure $4 billion in foundation aid owed to high-need schools in NYS to address the multilingual services gap, ensure bilingual educators and immigrant family engagement.
  5. Ending Collaboration with Federal Immigration Authorities
    -Pass the Protect Our Courts Act to curb predatory ICE apprehension activities in New York State Courthouses
    by prohibiting the warrantless arrest of immigrants seeking access to justice in our state legal systems.
    -Pass legislation to place limits on how law enforcement officers, probation officers, and other state, city, town, or village employees may engage in immigration enforcement or interact with immigration authorities.
  6. Language Access
    Pass legislation that codifies Executive Order 26 to expand the agencies covered and increase oversight protections, and increases the languages currently included to better address regional variation.
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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.