Supporting the "New York for All" Campaign in Albany

EDWIN ALVAREZ | BRONX NY | MAY 14, 2024 – 18:00 ET

Apoyo a la Campaña "New York for All" en Albany

Bronx, NY - On May 14, 2024, we join the campaign organized by the New York Immigration Coalition in Albany, New York. Representatives from Casa Yurumein, Hondurans Against AIDS and youth participants from the Miss Garifuna program participated in a day of advocacy under the "New York for All" campaign, aimed at protecting immigrant communities throughout New York State.

The New York Bill for All (S987/A5686)

The Bill seeks to ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status, can live freely, participate in their communities, provide for their families and access health care without fear. This legislation prohibits local law enforcement and state agencies from collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), thereby protecting immigrant communities from intimidation tactics and raids.

Current Status of the Bill

It is important to note that this is not yet a law; it is currently a bill introduced (filed) in both chambers: the State Senate and the State Assembly. These bills must go through a process of scrutiny and reviews in various committees before being brought to a vote in both houses. After being voted in favor, it will be sent to the governor for her signature or possible veto. Only once signed by the governor will it become law.

Leaders of the Bill

In the State Assembly, the bill is led by Assemblywoman Karines Reyes, 86th District, who is a champion of the Garifuna community. In the State Senate, the Senate version of the bill is led by State Senator Andrew Gounardes (D) of the 26th Senate District.

Call to Action

The New York Immigration Coalition has provided a tool for EVERYONE in New York, regardless of status, to send a message to every legislator in the Senate and Assembly, asking them to vote in favor of the bill. To participate, visit this link (https://www.nyic.org/our-work/campaigns/new-york-for-all/take-action-new-york-for-all/).

Impact of the Bill

For years, some authorities have used ICE to divide communities by targeting and demonizing immigrants. ICE raids have separated families and caused fear in immigrant communities. This law aims to put an end to these practices, ensuring that immigrants can interact with the government without fear of deportation. Benefits of the Bill

Public Safety: Communities that do not collaborate with ICE are safer. Mistrust of the police and emergency services decreases when there is no fear of deportation.

Economic Benefits: Protecting immigrants encourages participation in the local economy, increasing family income and reducing poverty.

3. Examples to Follow: States such as New Jersey, Washington and California have already implemented similar policies, setting a positive precedent.

Casa Yurumein and its allied organizations have been leading a three-year call to the New York State Legislature to advance bills to make NY a sanctuary state. These bills respond to that call from the Garifuna community, made during their Garifuna advocacy days.

The New York for All campaign highlights the need for policies that protect immigrants and foster safer, more cohesive communities. At a time when the pandemic has demonstrated our interdependence, it is crucial that our leaders ensure that New York works for all of its residents.

For more information on the bills, please visit the following links:

-Assembly version of the project
(https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2023/A5686)
-State Senate version of the bill
(https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2023/S987)

Together we build a path to a more secure and unified future!

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