Immigration Justice

IMMIGRATION JUSTICE

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson’s Immigration Justice Campaign fights for justice for immigrants in the Mid-Hudson Valley and statewide. The Campaign organizes immigrants and allies to win demands such as statewide driver’s license accessibility, municipal IDs, and other meaningful protections for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, are facing perilous conditions. Deportation is a massive and growing threat. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is targeting all undocumented immigrants, and the rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is putting 800,000 young immigrants at risk.

Undocumented immigrants lack forms of official identification, which leaves them unable to access essential social services; vulnerable to exploitation by employers, landlords, and the police; and unable to legally drive in areas without adequate public transportation. Lacking a form of official identification is one of the primary reasons undocumented immigrants end up being deported.

Our Immigration Justice Campaign works to address these conditions by organizing and winning concrete gains for immigrants, undocumented immigrants in particular. There are several areas of work in the campaign.

First, we are a leader within the “Green Light New York Driving Together” coalition fighting for statewide legislation to allow all New Yorkers to access driver’s licenses regardless of documentation status. In June 2019, we won this milestone legislation and have worked to ensure smooth implementation of the law with the coalition since then. 

Second, we are fighting to win the creation of municipal IDs that would be accessible to undocumented immigrants in cities throughout the Hudson Valley. We have won FIVE municipal programs in all of New York State — in Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Kingston, Beacon, and Newburgh. So far, over 3,000 residents have made use of these programs to get their own municipal IDs!

Third, we are fighting to win protections at the federal level as a member of the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and as a part of the national movement. We’ve fought to protect DACA by meeting with our Congressmen and Senators, mobilizing to Washington, DC, and more. 

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We restored access to driver's licenses for 750,000 undocumented New Yorkers in June 2019!
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We won FIVE municipal ID programs in Beacon, Kingston, Middletown, Newburgh, and Poughkeepsie.
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We facilitated over 3,000 people getting their municipal IDs within the first few months of implementation!
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We have won SEVEN Green Light resolutions from Beacon, Newburgh, Middletown, Poughkeepsie, the Town and Village of New Paltz, and Woodstock.
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We have won FIVE resolutions in support of the Protect Our Courts Act — statewide legislation that would prevent ICE from making civil arrests in and around our courts!
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We registered 1,067 voters in three months and made 25,000 GOTV calls and texts to increase turnout for the 2018 mid-term elections.
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