New York bucks the national trend on immigration

A protest at Trump International Hotel condemning the separation of migrant children from their families on June 14.
A protest at Trump International Hotel condemning the separation of migrant children from their families on June 14.
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A protest at Trump International Hotel condemning the separation of migrant children from their families on June 14.

New York bucks the national trend on immigration

As the federal government takes a hard-line stance, the Empire State opens its doors.
July 5, 2019

The battle over immigration has been roiling the nation, with President Donald Trump promising to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and threatening to remove “millions of illegal aliens” from the country while his administration faces criticism for its treatment of children detained while crossing the border – and that’s just covering the past few weeks.

In New York, elected officials are moving in a more welcoming direction. 

State legislators capitalized on Democratic control of both houses this spring to pass long-stalled measures sought by immigrant rights advocates. Read here.

New York City lawmakers have been taking steps to better serve undocumented immigrants. Read here.

And a few municipalities around the state have enacted policies intended to protect immigrants from deportation. Read here.

Jon Lentz
is City & State’s editor-in-chief.
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