The Legal Aid Society has worked tirelessly over the past four years to meet the needs of low-income New Yorkers while defending against attacks from the Trump Administration. We have engaged in every form of advocacy, from litigating cases against the Administration, engaging in administrative advocacy in the form of comments on nefarious policies, and ensuring that our legislators are aware of key legislative fixes.
We call on President-elect Biden to ensure that unwinding the policies that are harming or have the potential to harm our clients is a top priority. Below is a list of what our clients most urgently need.
The Biden administration should reverse the harmful policies that have threatened immigrants for the past four years. For a full list of the immigration policies the Biden administration should address, see Immigration Law Unit Transition Priorities, here. A few priorities from that full list are:
The Biden administration should dismantle polices that both prevent family based immigration and deter the use of government benefits by citizens and non-citizens alike and inhibit efforts to effectively combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Biden administration should ensure that barriers to government benefit access including SNAP and healthcare are removed, especially as our clients battle COVID-19 and face health problems and hunger due to unemployment.
The Biden administration should dismantle policies that undermine low-income families’ ability to have decent, accessible, and affordable housing.
Last Updated: 17 December 2020
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