PROTECT IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES ACROSS NEW YORK
The Trump administration is determined to cruelly separate immigrant families and increase deportations across the county. Even in New York, the administration and ICE are pressuring law enforcement agencies across the state to set aside their local duties and instead locate and arrest people for federal immigration purposes.
Doing so opens the door to unconstitutional racial profiling and diverts our local resources to enable ICE’s agenda.
The New York for All Act requires local law enforcement to stay out of ICE’s cruelty and keeps our state and local resources focused on real community safety.
Because of ICE’s pressure on local law enforcement, many immigrant New Yorkers live with the fear that a minor brush with police, like a simple traffic stop, could lead to being torn away from their families. It makes people less likely interact with government or seek help from or offer information to authorities – because they fear doing so could put them at risk. This lack of trust erodes local community safety, and during the COVID-19 pandemic pushes key communities away from the help they need to protect themselves and other New Yorkers.
Pressuring police to identify people who are undocumented and detain them for ICE also opens the door to unconstitutional profiling and targeting. New Yorkers who lived through stop-and-frisk know what it looks like when local police become the tool of racialized fear-baiting from government officials.
Targeting immigrant communities for deportation is Trump’s priority, not New York’s. Giving in to ICE’s demands to arrest or jail any undocumented person who so much as brushes up against law enforcement is costly and wrong. The New York for All Act (S.7562/A.9586) preserves state and local resources for community safety, ensures that local resources cannot be diverted to carry out ICE’s cruelty, and protects immigrant families.
HOW IT WORKS
The New York for All Act (S.7562/A.9586) broadly prohibits state and local officers from enforcing federal immigration laws and sharing sensitive information with ICE, and it prohibits ICE from entering non-public areas of state and local property without a judicial warrant. It also ensures that people in custody are given notice of their rights before being interviewed by ICE, and starts the process of limiting ICE access to state information databases.
Sanctuary areas are safer.
Because everyone in the community feels more able seek help from or offer information to the police, there is greater trust between residents and police. Data shows that crime is lower in places where officials do not divert time and resources for ICE’s agenda.
The Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the New York State Police, and the New York State Attorney General have all adopted positions or policies to keep out of federal immigration enforcement on the grounds that it harms public safety.
Sanctuary policies offer economic benefits.
When residents trust local officials, they participate more in the local economy. Data shows that household income is higher and the poverty rate is lower in places that do not divert resources for ICE’s agenda.
Other states have passed legislation to keep local resources out of federal immigration enforcement.
New York should follow other states who recognize the importance of protecting immigrant residents. New Jersey, Washington, and California already have state-wide sanctuary policies or legislation, and New York City has strong citywide policies to keep police and other agencies out of ICE’s agenda.