Increased Immigrant Protections by making NY a Sanctuary State.
The 39th Assembly district has one of the largest immigrant communities in New York City. Although New York state has made strides to support immigrants, the current political climate demands that more be done. We must enact stronger policies and laws that integrate immigrants and establish true sanctuary state policies that protect their rights:
• Ensure due process for all, we must pass my bill in the Assembly, which would secure everyone a “Right to Counsel.” This would ensure that we fully fund immigrant legal services, and so that immigrant families can stay together by providing them with representation in: removal proceedings, applications for TPS, DACA, asylum, and refugee status.
• Protect the constitutional rights of immigrants by passing the New York State Liberty Act, ending the policies that allow the state government to share fingerprint information with federal agencies, no longer hold undocumented immigrants in detention for longer than 48 hours, and stop permitting ICE in our state courts.
• Meet the educational needs of immigrant communities by passing the DREAM Act, expanding access to the Excelsior Scholarship, and increasing funding for ESOL and adult literacy programs to $100 million dollars over the next five years.