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Vera Institute’s SAFE Initiative Statement on NY Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State

On Wednesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul shipped the State of the State, in which she outlined her administration’s priorities for 2022.

The Vera Institute’s Safe Initiative Director Annie Chen issued the next statement in response:

“Governor Hochul has outlined a bold vision that aims to shield all New Yorkers. We strongly commend her pledge to raise critical funding for immigrant lawful expert services, fortifying New York’s determination to respect for immigrant New Yorkers and safeguarding their ideal to loved ones unity. Immigrant New Yorkers have been undertaking vital do the job for almost two decades in the course of the pandemic. Regardless of putting their have life and people at risk, they carry on to face detention and deportation by federal immigration authorities. Governor Hochul’s motivation to enhance funding for packages that guidance security and freedom for our immigrant neighbors, like the pioneering New York Immigrant Family Unity Challenge (NYIFUP), displays her knowledge of this challenge, and we commend her for it.

The governor’s funding commitments are a welcome, important initially phase. Continue to, there are further concrete legislative steps the governor and the New York Condition Legislature can get this year—most importantly, passing the Access to Representation Act, New York For All Act, and the Dignity Not Detention Act. Collectively, these functions can solidify the state’s dedication to stand with immigrant New Yorkers. These 3 expenditures would disrupt the criminal-to-immigration method pipeline, prevent law enforcement from funneling individuals into ICE custody, and offer essential authorized representation.

The Obtain to Representation Act would build a suitable to a general public defender for folks at danger of deportation. Coupled with improved funding for immigration services—Vera recommends an maximize of $24.4 million—New York could reinforce the steadiness and wellbeing of each individual local community. The New York For All Act would prevent local law enforcement from working with ICE, and the Dignity Not Detention Act would get New York out of the immigration detention small business, ending the inhumane and unneeded incarceration of immigrants in New York jails.

We urge Governor Hochul and the New York Point out Legislature to go these reforms and are all set to do the job with them. Confronting the unjust criminalization of immigrants head-on would guard the basic safety, overall health, and flexibility of each individual New Yorker.”