November 1, 2017

Starting November 1, 2017, New York City’s immigrant community no longer has to worry about the threat of deportation when accessing city services, regardless of their immigration status. Thanks to the work of a coalition of immigration activists and legal service providers, including Cardozo School of Law’s Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, the NYC Council passed a bill prohibiting city agencies from misusing resources to help federal immigration enforcement. 

“This law makes clear that New York City will not fund Trump’s mass deportation agenda,” says Emily Lundgren, from Cardozo's Immigration Justice Clinic. “Instead, the city council has moved to ensure that every New Yorker feels safe registering their child for pre-K, reporting a crime or accessing a city hospital. When a segment of the community is afraid to come forward, it undermines the health, safety and welfare of all New Yorkers.”

“Today New York City is again leading the nation to protect immigrant families and stand up to the Trump administration’s attacks,” added Javier H. Valdés, co-executive director of Make the Road New York. “As Trump and Sessions use every tool at their disposal, including illegal threats, to intimidate cities that stand with immigrants, our city council has demonstrated the resoluteness of its conviction that ours is a city of immigrants—it always has been, and it always will be.”