NYLPI submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Immigration today, highlighting the stories of our clients and communities who are afraid to seek healthcare and other government services because of enforcement changes coming out of Washington. We continue to hear from clients, community partners and medical providers of fear spreading across communities. This includes fear of being picked up by ICE at dialysis appointments, that hospital clinics won’t provide care, that they are at risk if they assert their rights in housing court, and that jaywalking or a low-level offense will lead to arrest and deportation. Our statement calls for the City to recognize the trauma present in the immigrant communities from changes in Washington and enforcement of broken windows policing. We ask for coordinated and public response from all City agencies to assure people that NYC is doing all it can support and protect people. People want to hear from the City that it is taking a firm stance and ensuring safety and access to the services that people need to survive.
NYLPI’s Community Organizer was also mentioned in the WNYC article: (http://www.wnyc.org/story/city-council-considers-strengthening-immigrant-protections/).