Thursday, June 28, 2018

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Governor signs legislation to increase protections for immigrant children in New York

NEW YORK – Governor Cuomo signed legislation on Wednesday to increase protections for immigrant children who have been separated from their families because of the federal zero tolerance immigration policy.

The legislation will provide parents who have been detained in New York, or are facing deportation from the state, an opportunity to appoint someone to provide emergency care for their child.

Ignacio Acevedo of Newburgh, an organizer with Nobody Leaves MidHudson, said the measure is a good idea but more is needed.

“Why even come to that point that the parent has to make a decision of who will take care of their kids, so I think New York State could be a leader at this and I think there are other steps that the state can do,” he said.

Acevedo, a native of Mexico, said there needs to be community IDs and the Greenlight campaign to make drivers’ licenses available to undocumented drivers, making roads safer for everyone.

 


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