Immigration Arrests Up 40%: Advocates Demand City Increase Budget for Legal Services

Threats to New Yorkers heighten need for expanded services to protect all immigrant New Yorkers

New York, NY – The New York Immigration Coalition will join with elected officials and advocates to urge the City Council to include funding for immigrant legal services in the final budget, in light of new data released by ICE. 

With immigration arrests up 40% since Trump signed an executive order on immigration enforcement, it is critical that the City renew its commitment to protecting all New Yorkers.

Following the press conference, the Coalition will launch its inaugural Immigration Legal Service Provider Day of Action. The Coalition will meet with council members to discuss why these numbers further underscore the need for the final budget to include funding for legal services, specifically for organizations providing complex case representation.

WHEN: Monday, May 22nd – 11 a.m.

WHERE: Steps of City Hall


Camille Mackler, Director of Legal Initiatives, the New York Immigration Coalition

Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York (invited)

Council Member Daniel Dromm (invited) 

Council Member Carlos Menchaca

Jojo Annobil, Immigrant Justice Corps

Corina Bogaciu, African Services Committee 

Michelle Parris, Immigrant Defense Project

Andrea Sáenz, Brooklyn Defender Services 

Heather Axeford, Senior Staff Attorney, Central American Legal Assistance.

Source: The New York Immigration Coalition

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