The New York Immigration Coalition is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to invest $37.6 million more in immigrant services and to put an end to policing methods that may lead to deportation of undocumented immigrants.
The activist group outlines these proposals in a document provided to the Observer, and which it will share with some of the city’s top elected officials at a closed door gathering this morning. The NYIC describes “extreme uncertainty” under President Donald Trump—who has enacted an aggressive immigration enforcement agenda that makes any foreign national accused of any crime susceptible to deportation—and asserts the city needs to take further actions to defend and protect its at-risk residents “now more than ever before.”
The group calls on the city to include $13.3 million in the final budget for the Immigrant Opportunity Initiatives, which would pay for 75 attorneys or paralegals to provide unlimited services to at least 4,000 arrivals residing in the five boroughs. It also urged the municipal government to help establish low-cost legal service incubators to assist at least 500 immigrants.
It is also asking the mayor and the Council to invest $500,000 in a Rapid Response System to mobilize a range of resources for New Yorkers “who are victim of the new, harsher immigration enforcement regime.”
The NYIC also urges the NYPD to stop using the controversial “broken windows” policing method, which targets quality-of-life offenses to as a prophylactic against…
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