The Problem

Immigrant New Yorkers lack access to critical services, and live in constant fear their families will be torn apart.

Immigrant New Yorkers are facing the worst attacks on our communities in recent memory. Aggressive Immigration and Customs Enforcement has left millions of people afraid that they or their loved ones could be deported at any moment. A patchwork and inadequate immigration system has led to many families in which each member has a different status. US-born children grow up worrying their parents will be taken away; undocumented folks fear they’ll be sent back to the violence they escaped.

Many feel that their only option is to live in the shadows, unable to access critical services like healthcare, education and legal support for fear of deportation. In such a climate, our communities are especially vulnerable: Immigrant workers face high rates of workplace exploitation and injuries; undocumented trans people experience high rates of  police discrimination and workplace violence; and tenants facing harassment and negligence from landlords suffer in silence, unsure where to turn.

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The Solution

When federal immigration policies threatened the data of undocumented individuals in the IDNYC program, we successfully pushed the city to stop retaining that data. After a decade of organizing with our allies, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order to protect the data of immigrant New Yorkers. When the federal government announced it would end DACA, we worked around the clock to file renewal applications ahead of the unjust and arbitrary deadline, and made personal calls to almost 1,000 DACAmented young people for support and to plan their next steps. In the aftermath of the election, MRNY led or co-led most of the major post-election mobilizations in New York City to drive the broader immigrant rights resistance, and provided Know Your Rights training to thousands of people with a new Deportation Defense Manual.

We provide a full range of services to more than 10,000 people each year, including legal representation in immigration, housing and worker exploitation cases, health services and healthcare access, leadership training, and college access programs. We teach English as a second language to 1,600 people annually, and have helped over 12,000 people gain US citizenship.

12000
people became US citizens with help from MRNY
Fast Facts
  • We successfully advocated with the city administration to ensure the protection of undocumented New Yorkers’ personal data is a top priority for the city amid possibility of ICE encroachment on municipal law enforcement.
  • We provide representation in immigration legal cases, resources for legal representation, and support for issues arising as a result of detention or deportation, including arranging childcare and coping with a sudden loss of income.
  • Our bilingual Deportation Defense Manual is used by community members, volunteers, and allies across the country. It includes all information and resources needed to train and prepare staff and community members to respond to raids in the most effective and productive way.
Meet Saul

SAUL LOPEZ, Civil Rights Immigration Organizer, Staten Island

Saul is the civil rights immigration organizer on Staten Island. He has been with Make the Road New York for over a decade, first as a member and in the last eight years as a staff member. After sharing his story of wage theft, he connected with other members’ stories of struggle and found his calling as an organizer building community and power in the immigrant community.

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