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May
21
2012
Advocates, Religious Leaders, Community Members Demand Basic Rights for Farmworkers This Session

Community and civil rights advocates, religious leaders and farmworkers gathered 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.

May
15
2012
NYCLU Condemns So-Called 'Secure Communities' Program

The leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union today expressed deep concern that despite the objections of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City officials, and federal, state and city lawmakers, the federal government is today implementing the Secure Communities deportation program in New York City and across the state. Last June, Cuomo stood up for the rights of all New Yorkers by suspending the state’s participation in Secure Communities. Yet today, the Department of Homeland Security is ignoring New York’s wishes and implementing this failed program in our state.

Feb
7
2012
NYCLU, Coalition Partners Demand End to Troubling Border Patrol Tactics

The New York Civil Liberties Union today joined a coalition of immigrants’ rights and civil rights organizations in urging Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to take measures to ensure that the U.S. Border Patrol’s enforcement tactics along the northern border respect people’s constitutional rights.

Nov
9
2011
Report Reveals Troubling Border Patrol Tactics in Upstate New York

The U.S. Border Patrol is using aggressive policing tactics far from the border in upstate New York to increase arrest rates with little regard to New Yorkers’ constitutional rights and freedoms, according to a report released today by the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, the New York Civil Liberties Union and Families for Freedom.

Sep
15
2011
NYCLU: Suffolk County Should Adopt DOJ Recommendations to Improve Police-Immigrant Relations

The New York Civil Liberties Union today called on Suffolk County officials to immediately adopt U.S. Department of Justice recommendations that will enhance public safety by improving police relations with immigrant residents.

Sep
12
2011
Thanks to NYCLU, Hempstead Fire Dept. Opens Doors to Non-Citizen Volunteers

Following New York Civil Liberties Union advocacy, the Hempstead Volunteer Fire Department has amended its admission requirements to allow non-citizens to serve as volunteer firefighters. The admissions policy, which previously required that only U.S. citizens could be considered to serve as volunteers, was recently revised by the Fire Department’s governing council.

Jun
22
2011
NYCLU Applauds Suffolk County Lawmakers for Rejecting Prepaid Cell Phone Registry

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded the Suffolk County Legislature for rejecting a bill that would have mandated the creation and maintenance of a prepaid cell phone registry in the county. The Legislature rejected the bill, I.R. 1266, Tuesday evening by a bipartisan vote of 7 to 11. The NYCLU’s Suffolk County Chapter had organized a coalition of more than 30 civil rights, immigrants’ rights, labor, social justice, community and interfaith organizations in opposition to the bill.

Jun
20
2011
Broad Coalition Urges Suffolk County Legislators to Oppose Prepaid Cell Phone Registry

A coalition of more than 30 civil rights, immigrants’ rights, labor, social justice, community and interfaith organizations today urged members of the Suffolk County Legislature to oppose a bill that would mandate the creation and maintenance of a prepaid cell phone registry in Suffolk County.

Jun
17
2011
NYCLU: Secure Communities Reforms Fail to Fix Fundamentally Flawed Program

Responding to the concerns of advocates and elected officials alike, the Obama administration this afternoon announced minor, and largely meaningless, reforms to the Secure Communities deportation program. By doing so, the Obama administration has turned deaf ears to the objections to Secure Communities voiced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the governors of Illinois and Massachusetts, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and law enforcement officials and civil rights advocates across the country.

Jun
2
2011
NYCLU Commends Town of Jackson for Rescinding Discriminatory English-Only Law

The New York Civil Liberties Union today commended the Jackson Town Board for following the law and rescinding a local ordinance requiring all official town business to be conducted exclusively in English. “We welcome the Town Board’s decision to rescind this discriminatory and unconstitutional ordinance,” said Melanie Trimble, director of the NYCLU’s Capital Region Chapter. “The English language is not under assault in Jackson or anyplace else. This decision helps ensure that all residents, regardless of what language they speak, have access to crucial public services.”

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