Racial/Immigration Justice

Current Actions Sign On

May 23, 2024

Temporary Protected Status Designations for Senegal, Guinea, & Mauritania

May 11, 2024

May 14 - #NY4ALL - Protect Immigrant NYers!

February 20, 2024

February 20 - Write a Letter - Ask Your Legislators to Fix Tier 6 to Protect Our Public Services

Policy Statement

The immigration system in the United States is cumbersome and highly discriminatory, in need of reform. It is fundamental to our faith that we extend the boldest of welcome to strangers. The United States is a nation of immigrants and that the strength of our society is rooted in welcoming immigrants. We devote ourselves to creating and changing laws to reflect the principles of welcome. We also are mindful that white supremacy is endemic to our history, infuses our culture, and shapes societal structures. We must educate ourselves about that history and seek to change policies and laws which perpetuate racism.

Local Legislation

State Legislation


TOWARD A COVENANT ON BEHALF OF NEW YORK’S NEWEST NEW YORKERS - Visit our Sign-on page for more information.

NYSCOC 2023 Immigration Rights Priorities for New York State

View the Immigration Seminar from our 2022 virtual NYS Ecumenical and Interfaith Advocacy Day.

Health Care for Immigrants
Access to Driver’s Licenses (Green Light Law)

Excluded Worker Fund:

The 2021 legislature approved approximately 2 billion dollars for the excluded worker fund. The state is now in the process of distributing the money which has been challenging depending on a person’s circumstance or in parts of the state which are not as efficiently equipped to distribute this kind of aid.

Implementation of the program has been uneven as reported here in the Albany Times Union. The fund is quickly being exhausted, click here for more information and to apply.

Federal Legislation

Assistance in Afghanistan Immigrants and Refugees

In Afghanistan, the United States evacuated, with the help of the military, evacuated American personnel and Afghans who assisted the American cause. Now that United States military has left, there is still in Afghanistan a humanitarian crisis and private groups are still working to continue evacuation. New York State Council of Churches held a state forum with Lauren Homer who described the situation. https://youtu.be/MKzUHgHUt4g

Continued advocacy with the Biden administration is required and here is a letter which was sent to him on outlining further steps to be taken.

We are now working with Church World Service who is organizing a list of organizations by region in New York with whom congregations can work to resettle Afghan refugees.  

New York Immigration Coalition describes other initiatives to advocate for immigrants. https://www.nyic.org/our-work/immigrant-rights/

Status of Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA)