Students prepare to begin a hunger strike outside Senator Charles Schumer's office.

Three different New York groups rallied last week to draw attention to immigration reform. At the beginning of the week, students from the New York State Youth Leadership Council began a hunger strike outside Senator Charles Schumer’s Manhattan office. Ten strikers continued throughout the week, sleeping on the sidewalk outside his office to pressure him…

Protesters began a hunger strike outside Senator Charles Schumer's Manhattan office in support of the DREAM Act. Image by Alison Bowen.

NEW YORK — Sitting around bags with sleeping mats, gallons of water but no food, 15 people began a hunger strike Tuesday outside Senator Charles Schumer’s Manhattan office. The strikers, from the New York State Youth Leadership Council, said they hoped sitting on the sidewalk would push Schumer to advance the Development, Relief, and Education…

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Immigrants arrested for decades-old or minor violations, like marijuana possession, may soon be less subject to deportation in at least one state. Last week, New York state officials promised to ease deportations of immigrants who had committed minor violations. The New York Times reported that the state’s governor, David Paterson, plans to grant more pardons…

Demonstrators at a march for immigration reform in Washington in April of 2006.

NEW YORK — Starting at 6 a.m. Sunday, 2,100 immigrants will hop in buses on Roosevelt Avenue in Elmhurst, Queens, and travel to Washington, D.C., with hopes of getting President Barack Obama’s attention. Organizers of the March for America, led by the Campaign to Reform Immigration for America, are expecting 100,000 people on the National…

Participants in the road trip and their supporters held a rally in front of the New York Immigration Coalition's office

NEW YORK — With immigration reform losing impetus, reform advocates are not just taking to the streets — they’re taking to the road. A group of twelve immigration reform advocates, suitcases and sleeping bags in hand, gathered for a press conference Monday before heading off on a five-day road trip organized by the New York…

Immigration Rally

New York — Protesters carrying signs declaring “Justice and Dignity for the Immigrants” and “Reform Not Raids” converged inside the Judson Memorial Church, in New York City’s Washington Square Park, on Wednesday to demand immigration law reform in 2010 as part of a rally set up by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). Members from…