SHARING THE AMERICAN DREAM is an educational video and discussion program produced by NISI members and is available to community groups, schools, libraries and other commuity organizations free of charge.

The video features interviews with a wide range of  recent and not so recent immigrant members of the eastern Long Island community,  telling their stories of transition to this country and their quest for the American Dream.

Community organizations interested in sharing this video with their members can contact NISI at

631 325 8788, or email or write to

Neighbors in Support of Immigrants (NISI)
PO Box 803
Hampton Bays, New York  11946


Several church and community groups offer a wide range of services, usually including, but not limited to helping immigrants access health, clothing and food; identifying sources of English instruction; and providing classes on life skills.

Click on the title IMMIGRANT SERVICES in the IMPORTANT PAGES Section at the top of the column on right for more complete information.


There is a great deal of misinformation about the impact of the immigrant population on the local economy, government services, and the job market. NISI has prepared a fact sheet that corrects much of that misinfomation. You may find it useful and infomative.

Click on JUST THE FACTS in the IMPORTANT PAGES Section at the top of the column in the right hand column.


We (Long Island Immigrant Alliance) are writing to offer our congratulations on your election to the Office of County Executive, and to follow-up with our meeting. As you may recall, the Long Island Immigrant Alliance (LIIA) was born out of the need to counter, contain, and prevent inhumane and often violent, attacks against Latino immigrants. LIIA is comprised of some 50 charitable organizations that collectively endeavor to create a Long Island that is inclusive, welcoming, and responsive to all residents. As such, the alliance is well positioned to be a resource to you and to your administration.  (Read the entire report)

Click on  LONG ISLAND IMMIGRANT ALLIANCE  in the IMPORTANT PAGES Section at the top of the column in the right hand column.

Immigration in Suffolk County, NY

Read and hear a two part report focusing on immigration issues in Suffolk county produced by and aired on NPR's Morning Edition program on November 19, 2009.

Part 1 - Flood of Immigrants to LI Sparks Tension.
Part 2 - Do LI Police Ignore Hate Crimes?


Strengthening the Middle Class

As Congress again prepares to debate comprehensive immigration reform before the end of 2009, the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy releases “Principles for an Immigration Policy to Strengthen and Expand the American Middle Class: 2009 Edition,” building on our earlier immigration research.

In the depths of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Americans have nevertheless rejected the impulse to blame immigrants for their economic woes and instead show strong and growing support for legalizing undocumented immigrants. This report was written to encourage a new immigration reform package driven by the needs of the nation’s middle class and low-income American workers striving to stay afloat through the economic crisis and earn a middle-class standard of living.

We reveal that the American middle class relies on the economic contributions of immigrants both authorized and undocumented, but also that the exploitation of undocumented immigrant workers threatens to drive labor standards down for current and aspiring middle-class workers. Based on these findings, we propose a two-fold litmus test for evaluating immigration policy.