Our Victories / Recent Impact

Our members have achieved victories for millions in New York and increasingly at the national level. These are just a few:

Temporary Protected Status (TPS): Venezuela

The Biden Administration announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelan TPS holders and the re-designation of TPS for new Venezuelan applicants who arrived in the United States before July 31, 2023. The Federal Register notice has been published.

TPS is a temporary, renewable program for people in the United States who are unable to safely return to their country.

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Federal Judge rules against DACA, again!

On September 13, 2023, Judge Hanen in Texas found the new DACA regulation (published in 2022) unlawful for the same reasons that he had previously held the original version of DACA unlawful. But he again paused his own decision to allow current DACA recipients to continue to renew while his decision is appealed to higher courts. This result is disappointing but expected. Now we expect another appeal to the Fifth Circuit to follow.

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Celebrating 25 Years!

Did you know that one of Make the Road New York’s first organizing victories was to stop the expansion of a youth jail? Or that our services have expanded to serve 30,000 people every year?

Check out our new brochure, 25 Years of Victories, to learn about our organization’s milestones and meet two of our current members.

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Our Reach

New York City
Long Island
Gabina Santamaria

Gabina has taken her passion and leadership to the streets of New York, helping us win the Excluded Workers Fund in 2021 and fighting for expanded healthcare access. She attends rallies and press conferences, and visits elected officials in Washington DC, Albany, and New York City to educate them about our issues.

From our NYC centers in Brooklyn, Queens & Staten Island, we serve immigrants from throughout the 5 boroughs and organize to win policies that benefit millions.

Clara Cortés

Clara has been advocating for the passage of Coverage for All, a campaign allowing New Yorkers of all immigration statuses access to quality healthcare. Due to her immigration status, Clara does not have consistent access to health insurance. She understands firsthand how hard it is to get access to medicine and medical visits, which is why she is passionate about this campaign. As a leader of our organization, she has shared her story with several press outlets, the governor, and other elected officials to show why our communities need a path to citizenship and Coverage for All.

Our fastest growing membership base is leading a highly impactful civic engagement program that is helping to make Long Island more equitable.


Ruth came to MRNY seeking help for her two young daughters who were about to be deported after fleeing violence in Guatemala. Our legal team halted the deportation and won a path for Ruth and her daughters to obtain legal permanent residence.

Our newest center in Westchester is expanding critical services for the area’s growing and often isolated immigrant community and uniting families across the state to strengthen our ability to win systemic reforms at the state and national levels.


Antonio joined MRNY in 2010, finding a safe space and the encouragement to raise his voice. After working on multiple issues and becoming a recognized leader in MRNY's youth work, he was offered the opportunity to help open Make the Road Nevada. He rose to the challenge and says his experience "made me realized how crucial MRNV was going to be for those families."

We lead the fight for immigrant rights across the country, working as a powerful bloc with our sister organizations: Make the Road New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, as well as our national partner, the Center for Popular Democracy, and their affiliate organizations. We support communities of color across the nation to build the resistance with us.