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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:

May
13
2013
NYCLU Urges State Lawmakers to Provide Basic Labor Protections to NY Farmworkers

The New York Civil Liberties Union will join farmworkers, community and civil rights advocates, and religious leaders in Albany today to urge state lawmakers to enact the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act – legislation that will extend basic labor rights and protections to the state’s farmworkers. Even though they form the backbone of the state’s $4.7 billion agriculture industry, farmworkers are denied basic labor protections, including rights to overtime pay, to a day off per week, to workers’ compensation if they are injured on the job and to engage in collective bargaining.

Apr
17
2013
NYCLU: Senate Immigration Reform Bill a Good First Step, Needs Improvement

The New York Civil Liberties Union today commended a bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators for proposing comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States. "This proposal represents an important first step for many New York families that have for too long been forced into the shadows by a dysfunctional immigration system, but it creates problems that will threaten the privacy and liberty of immigrants and citizens alike," NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said.

Mar
13
2013
NYCLU Challenges Border Patrol's Unlawful Arrest of U.S. Citizen

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the Immigration Justice Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law today filed a complaint challenging the unlawful, racially motivated arrest of an American citizen by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in New York’s North Country.

Jun
15
2012
NYCLU Welcomes White House Action, Calls on Congress to Pass DREAM Act

In response to the Obama administration’s announcement today that it will grant eligible young, undocumented immigrants two years of immunity from deportation subject to renewal, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

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