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Oct
30
2014
NYCLU Survey: NY School Districts Illegally Denying Education to Immigrant Children

The New York Civil Liberties Union today released findings from a review of approximately 20 percent of New York State school districts revealing that the majority of those districts may be unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students.

Oct
15
2014
NYCLU: Immigration Bills Make New York City a National Leader

The New York Civil Liberties Union will today testify before the City Council that passage of two bills will help New York City take the lead in a nationwide movement in which communities are putting the safety and trust of their residents and respect for the Constitution before federal requests to detain immigrants. If passed, the legislation would end the practice of unconstitutionally imprisoning people without a judicial warrant so federal agencies can investigate them for immigration purposes.

Oct
7
2014
NYCLU: City Can Reduce Risks that NYC IDs Pose for Undocumented New Yorkers

At a public hearing tomorrow about New York City's new municipal identity card program (NYC ID), the New York Civil Liberties Union plans to provide recommendations on steps the city can take to better protect the security and privacy of vulnerable New Yorkers who apply for the new ID card.

Oct
2
2014
NYCLU Applauds City Council Bill Stopping NYC from Unlawfully Jailing Immigrants

The New York Civil Liberties Union this morning applauded New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s announcement that she would introduce legislation that would end the imprisonment of people without a judicial warrant at Rikers Island just so federal agencies can investigate them for immigration purposes. The legislation also expels Immigration and Customs Enforcement from its office in the jail, and ensures that the Department of Corrections cannot expend resources on enforcing immigration laws.

Jul
31
2014
NY Sheriffs Stop Unlawfully Jailing Immigrants Thanks to NYCLU Advocacy

Thanks to advocacy by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State Sheriffs’ Association has advised all sheriffs across the state to stop imprisoning people without a warrant just so federal agencies can investigate them for immigration purposes. In response to the Sheriffs’ Association guidance, at least 10 counties have stopped honoring federal government requests that they jail people who have been arrested after they would have otherwise been released.

Jul
9
2014
NYCLU: NYC ID Invites Risks for Vulnerable New Yorkers

At a hearing today about the New York City Council's proposal to issue municipal identity cards to city residents regardless of their immigration status, the New York Civil Liberties Union plans to testify about the risks the legislation creates for some of New York City's most vulnerable residents. The following can be attributed to NYCLU Advocacy Director Johanna Miller:

Apr
30
2014
NYCLU Calls on City Council to Pass Municipal ID Bill for Undocumented Residents

The New York Civil Liberties Union today submitted testimony in support of the New York City Council’s proposal to issue municipal identity cards to city residents regardless of their immigration status. The proposed municipal ID would help undocumented New Yorkers carry out crucial tasks such as leasing apartments, buying medicine, picking up their kids from school and reporting crimes to the NYPD.

Dec
3
2013
Agreement between Suffolk Police and DOJ Should Enhance Public Safety

A settlement announced late today between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Suffolk County Police Department should enhance public safety by improving relations between the Police Department and immigrant residents, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Oct
3
2013
NYCLU Commends House Democrats’ Proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The New York Civil Liberties Union commends the Democrats in the United States House of Representatives for their proposal of new, comprehensive immigration reform legislation yesterday in Washington, D.C. This action finally moves the stalled issue forward, creating a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States. The following statement may be attributed to Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Jun
27
2013
NYCLU: Senate Immigration Bill Provides a Step Forward

In response to the U.S. Senate’s passage today of immigration reform legislation, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement, attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

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