According to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York City is home to 3.1 immigrants, the largest number in the city’s history. UNH works to elevate the important contributions of immigrant New Yorkers and to resolve the challenges that too many immigrants face.

New York’s success rest upon all neighborhoods and communities. UNH pushes for local solutions, creates opportunities for civic engagement, and stands up to protect people of all backgrounds.

To support immigrants, UNH promotes:


When New York’s adults and children can access literacy services, the benefits include greater success at school, at work, and in life. According to the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, approximately 49% of immigrants are Limited English Proficient (LEP), meaning that they speak English less than “very well.”

Civic Engagement

UNH supports policies to engage new New Yorkers in civic life such as access to voting, non-citizen voting, the DREAM Act, and Census 2020.

Current Policy Agenda

Federal Level

Immigrant issues

UNH is actively monitoring and responding to the federal government on topics of interest to immigrants, including the Muslim ban, proposed Public Charge rules, the 2020 Census, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

City Level

Municipal voting

UNH will work to pass local legislation for the right to vote for lawful non-citizen residents in NYC elections for City Council, Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, and other city positions as well as take part in ballot referenda. Approximately 500,000 New Yorkers would qualify.

State & City Level

Census 2020

To prevent an undercount and ensure that New York receives their fair share of the federal budget and representation UNH wants every New Yorkers counted. UNH advocates for New York State to invest $40M for community-based organizations leading local outreach, offering educational opportunities, and providing technical assistance in hard-to-count communities across the State.

Policy & Advocacy Work

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