“If there was ever any doubt about whether Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric truly reflected his intentions, today’s Executive Orders affirm that his agenda will take our country down a dangerous and divisive path. Instead of finding solutions for our broken immigration system, President Trump’s reckless decisions to build a costly wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, attack Sanctuary Cities, persecute immigrants, and restore the deeply flawed Secure Communities program, will only fuel division and foster unfounded fears. Let’s be clear, these proposals are driven by the flawed notion that immigrants are criminals — yet what President Trump seems to forget is that America is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants strengthen our economy, enrich our communities and uphold America’s ideals of family, inclusion and compassion. Today, this City Council reaffirms its commitment to doing everything in its power to defend the rule of law and support our immigrant communities. No wall, no bullying, or fearmongering will change that.”
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, January 25, 2017
Most City services, like attending school or using the health care system, are available to everyone, regardless of your immigration status. City employees will not ask about your immigration status unless it’s necessary for the service you’re receiving. They’re also required to keep that information confidential.
- IDNYC is the City’s identification card for all New Yorkers. IDNYC does not collect immigration status information, and we keep applicants’ information confidential. The City will protect IDNYC information to the full extent of the law.
- Children age 4 or turning 4 are eligible for Pre-K. All residents have the right to attend public school from age 5 until graduation or until the end of the school year when they turn 21. Classes are available for English learners.
- Low-cost emergency and non-emergency health care is available to all at public hospitals and clinics and at other affordable clinics.
- NYC Well is a free, confidential connection mental health care, in more than 200 languages, any time of day. Call 1-888-NYC-Well, text WELL to 65173, or go to nyc.gov/nycwell.
- Low-income families with children age 6 weeks through 12 years old can get free or low-cost child care.
Emergency food and shelter
- Locations across NYC provide free food to people in need.
- The Homebase program can help residents avoid entering the shelter system.
- SNAP Benefits
- Homeless Shelter Intake
- The City does not conduct immigration enforcement. The NYPD does not ask about the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses, or other people who ask for help.
- Anyone who has been the victim of a hate crime, or is not sure, should contact the NYPD. To contact the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force directly, call (646) 610-5267.
Immigration legal help
- Free, safe immigration legal help is available through ActionNYC. Call the ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365 during business hours Monday through Friday.
- Beware of unlicensed immigration service providers who take advantage of their customers. Get help only from a trusted, licensed attorney or accredited representative. For questions about this, call the New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 between 9AM-8PM on Monday through Friday.
Protection from discrimination
- New Yorkers also have the right to be free from unlawful discrimination, retaliation, and harassment in the workplace, housing, and public places.
- To file a complaint or learn more, call 311 or call the NYC Commission on Human Rights at (718) 722-3131.
Resources from City‑funded community‑based organizations
The Council also allocates funding to initiatives that provide additional resources and specialized services for immigrant communities. The following organizations provide these services free of charge, and should be contacted directly.
New York Immigrant Family Unity Project
This allocation a legal representation program for New Yorkers detained and facing deportation who cannot afford an attorney. NYIFUP provides services including: master calendar, bond and individual merits hearings, appeals, and social work services.
CUNY Citizenship Now! Program
Supports the expansion of the CUNY Citizenship NOW! Program which provides free immigration law services to assist immigrants on their path to U.S. citizenship.
Key to the City Initiative
This initiative supports the New York Immigrant Coalition’s consulate identification services to overcome barriers to school enrollments, financial institutions, higher education, and public safety; financial empowerment and access to sound financial services and college readiness workshops, immigration legal screenings, and other programs as determined by demand.
Unaccompanied Minors and Families Initiative
This initiative provides legal counsel for children in removal proceedings, and social services to children appearing on the Juvenile and Surge Dockets in New York Immigration court to ensure due process for minors who are struggling to maneuver the immigration system alone. This initiative will also provide legal services to “Adults with Children” (“AWCs”), to ensure that the adults and their children have access to critical educational, health and mental health services, and, ultimately, the opportunity to become fully integrated members of our community.
- Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York
- Central American Legal Assistance
- Legal Aid Society
- The Door – A Center of Alternatives, Inc.
- Center for NYC Law at New York Law School
Immigrant Health Initiative
This initiative will focus on programs that decrease health disparities among foreign born and native New Yorkers by focusing on the following three goals: improving access to health care; addressing cultural and language barriers; and targeting resources and interventions.
- Academy of Medical and Public Health Services
- African Services Committee, Inc.
- Bellevue Hospital
- Child Center of New York, Inc.
- Health and Hospitals Corporation
- Make the Road New York
- New York and Presbyterian Hospital
- New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.
- Sanctuary for Families, Inc.
- Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc.
- The Children’s Health Fund
- Grameen Primacare, Inc.
- The Institute for Family Health
- Urban Health Plan, Inc.
- Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
Immigrant Opportunities Initiative
This initiative supports programs that assist immigrant adults gain access to information and resources and to strengthen their participation in the democratic process. Specifically, this initiative provides legal services for recent immigrants to assist with applications for citizenship or permanent residency, and various other immigrant related legal services
- African Services Committee
- Boro Park Jewish Community Council
- Boys & Girls Club Of Metro Queens
- Brooklyn Chinese-American Association
- Brooklyn Defender Services
- CAMBA, Inc.
- Central American Legal Assistance
- Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
- Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush
- Emerald Isle Immigration Center
- Housing Conservation Coordinators
- Legal Services NYC
- MFY Legal Services
- New York Legal Assistance Group
- Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
- Polish and Slavic Center
- Safe Horizon
- Sanctuary for Families
- SBH Community Service Network
- Southside Mission Of Transfiguration Church
- United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg
- West Bronx Housing and Neighborhood Resource Center
- Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice
- City Bar Justice Center
- Caribbean Women’s Health Association
- Neighborhood Defender Service
- Comprehensive Development, Inc.
- HIV Law Project
- Immigrant Justice Corps
- Immigration Equality
- Peter Cicchino Youth Project – Urban Justice Center
Statements by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Immigration Chair Carlos Menchaca Re: Executive Orders on Immigration and Sanctuary Cities January 25, 2017
An open letter to New York City’s immigrant communities November 17, 2016
from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca, and Council Member Daniel Dromm