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We are marching 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 is set to hear 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 are joining 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.

VICTORY! Access to driver’s licences restored for all!

After two decades of organizing, New York state will finally restore driver’s licenses to all, regardless of immigration status! Families will be able to take their children to school, drive to work and carry out our basic needs, without fear that a traffic stop could lead to deportation.

The historic passage of the Green Light NY bill will bring enormous benefits, boosting our state’s economy, creating economic opportunities for immigrants, improving road safety, and keeping families together.

The biggest housing VICTORY in a generation!

After decades of work, our movement won the biggest housing victory in a generation, permanently renewing New York’s rent laws and expanding tenant protections that will benefit millions across the state. The historic bills close several landlord-friendly loopholes and repeal “vacancy decontrol.” This means that regulated apartments will stay regulated — permanently. 

This victory shows our potential, but we still have a fight ahead of us. We’ve only just begun. ¡Sí se pudo!

The most ambitious city-level climate bill passes City Council!

On April 18th, The New York City Council passed legislation to become the first city worldwide to set comprehensive and specific limits on climate pollution from large buildings, which are the city’s top source of pollution. This came as a result of a campaign Make the Road New York and many other groups organized.

At a time when our current president denounces climate change as a myth, New York City sends a strong message that climate change is real and we are doing everything we can to protect our city and make our world livable for future generations.

JPMorgan Chase & Wells Fargo back away from financing private prisons!

On March 5th, JPMorgan Chase announced it will stop financing private prisons and immigrant detention companies! And on March 13th, Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan told House Financial Services Committee member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that they are exiting their relationships with both GEO Group and Core Civic, the largest private prison corporations in the country.

This follows the incredible work of our members and allies in our Corporate Backers of Hate campaign, which has exposed abuses of private prisons and detention centers and calling on banks to stop financing them.

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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…


Latinos in Islip Push to Have Town Divided Into Council Districts

First came Hempstead. Could Islip’s at-large system of electing town council members be next? Plaintiffs in civil suit ask federal judge to have council districts in place for November elections. Long Island immigrant advocates rallied a day ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned visit to Bethpage to say they do not welcome him and that…


TEN Arquitectos Designs a Beacon for the Resistance

The new home for Make the Road New York, a leading immigrant rights group, aspires to be a transparent gathering place in an age of walls. While sitting in the crowded waiting area of Make the Road New York’s storefront offices in Queens, formerly a Blockbuster video outlet, I think about my grandmother. She left…