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Driver’s Licenses For All Are Here!

After a fight of almost 20 years, our community won a great victory – people in the state of New York are now eligible to apply for a driver’s license, regardless of immigration status. The new law, Green Light NY, went into effect on Monday, December 16, 2019. Click here for more info.

Join one of our upcoming workshops for more information.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has updated their website to provide information, including the list of acceptable documents. Check it out!

¡Licencias de conducir para todos están aquí! Todas las personas en el estado de Nueva York son elegibles para solicitar una licencia de conducir, independientemente de su estado migratorio. Haz clic para más información en Español.

We Marched to Defend DACA and TPS!

Over 200 undocumented youth, community leaders and allies joined us at Battery Park on Oct. 26th, as we began an 18-day march from New York City to Washington, D.C. to fight for DACA and TPS! 

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Nov. 12th on Trump’s unlawful termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy — the futures of 700,000 impacted immigrant youth are at stake. Similarly, over 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients wait to hear news on the program’s court case.

Follow the brave marchers who joined from across the country and support their fight! #HomeIsHere!

VICTORY! Federal judge halts Public Charge rule!

Another victory for immigrants! On October 11th, a federal judge ruled in favor of our motion with allies to block the Trump administration’s public charge rule that was set to take effect on October 15th.

The preliminary injunction in our case Make the Road New York v Cuccinelli is a huge victory for our communities, putting a pause on the implementation of this unjust policy. The court’s decision marks a defeat for the Trump administration’s unlawful tactic to impose a racist wealth test on our immigration system.

Achieving Dignity and Justice

Driver’s Licenses For All Are Here!

Find the latest information, join our workshops and learn how to apply for your NY driver’s license today!

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  • Our Services In Action – Watch the animated video!

    Watch our latest video! Meet community members José and María, and learn about Make Road New York’s role in providing access to survival services and empowering immigrant and working-class families to take action for respect and dignity. When the community comes together, anything is possible ¡Sí se puede!

  • Happy New Year!

    Wishing all of us peace and strength for 2020. In solidarity and power, The Make the Road New York Family

  • Video release! The story of a year of victories

    We are so proud of this year’s victories, like the NYS Dream Act and Driver’s Licenses for All. In such challenging times for our country, these victories are making New York a more just and fair place. We won them because of years of organizing by our brave members and by allies like you. As the…

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The Supreme Court Will Hear My Case Today. Trump Will Not Win on DACA.

I will not live in fear. And neither will the 700,000 undocumented immigrants like me. Two years ago, when President Donald Trump moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, I said, “I’ll see you in court, Mr. President.” Now, the case that bears my name, McAleenan v. Vidal, is one of three…

New York Times

Underground Lives: the Sunless World of Immigrants in Queens

In New York, hope sometimes comes at the price of the sun. The city welcomes poor immigrants, but its housing does not. Most rents are far beyond the means of people like Amado, who arrive looking for a better life or to make money to send back home. So they turn to the basements of…

New York Times

Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented Are Approved in Win for Progressives

The vote in the New York Legislature came after the issue had splintered Democrats, with suburban moderates objecting. ALBANY — The New York State Senate approved a bill on Monday to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, a deeply polarizing issue that had splintered Democrats and stirred a backlash among Republicans in New York and…