The New York Immigration Coalition is proud to announce an exciting new project that it has been working on since July called the Mexican Initiative for Deferred Action (MIDA). MIDA is a collaborative project between its four Lead organizations:  CUNY (Baruch), the NYIC, Masa and Make the Road, NY to promote applications for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and upward integration of New York’s rapidly growing Mexican community.  With generous funding from the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, the Mexican Consulate, and Juntos Podemos, and support from the City University of New York, MIDA seeks to improve the lives of Mexican families that have contributed invaluably to America’s prosperity.

The three goals of MIDA are:

  • Helping Mexican New Yorkers obtain DACA or other forms of immigration relief.   With the ultimate goal of promoting more than 1000 DACA applications, the Initiative will help at least 500 people apply for DACA, or other forms of immigration relief by the end of 2015.  While it is not permanent legal status, DACA enables recipients to get a social security number, work legally and attend school without fear of family separation by deportation.
  • Evaluation and Research:  The Initiative will document and evaluate its work to help identify best practices in promoting DACA applications in these organizations, and will do academic research on the consequences of having, lacking or gaining legal status or legal presence.   This knowledge will help inform various policy and practice areas, including those promoting better life chances and integration for children of immigrants.
  • Capacity-Building and Leadership Development: MIDA will provide extensive support for its community-based partners participating in this project to help them provide better services to immigrants, grow as organizations, and join a network of advocates for comprehensive immigration reform.

The NYIC’s participation in MIDA builds upon several years of strong partnership with the Mexican Consulate in New York and the NYIC’s Key to the City Initiative, which has served more than 27,000 New Yorkers since 2011 – the majority of whom are Mexican. Similar to this collaboration, MIDA organizations will partner with the Mexican Consulate in New York’s mobile consular units to offer outreach, DACA screenings, and legal referrals and assistance throughout New York State.

MIDA is a collaboration among partner institutions committed to supporting the Mexican community in New York and the region, including the Mexican Consulate, Juntos Podemos, the CUNY Vice Chancellors’ Office, the Baruch College-Mexican Consulate Leadership Program, the New York Immigration Coalition, Masa, and Make the Road New York.

The New York Immigration Coalition has also re-granted funds to ten Mexican led or Mexican serving community-based partner organizations throughout New York City and State and two legal service providers to promote DACA applications throughout the state. We are pleased to note that since the launch of the project in July, the MIDA community partners have completed over 300 intakes, outreached to more than 4,000 individuals, organized 75 events and trained 82 individuals to help support immigration relief processes. These partners are listed below.

Community-Based Organization Re-Grants:

Agri-Business Child Development

Hudson Valley Community Coalition

Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture without Borders

Mexican Coalition

Mixteca Organization

North Fork Spanish Apostolate (working in collaboration with Centro Corazon de Maria)

Staten Island Community Job Center

Worker’s Center of Central New York

YWCA of Orange County

Legal Service Provider Re-Grants:

Legal Aid Society of Rochester

New York Legal Assistance Group