Standing with Immigrants
In the face of a hostile administration, we are taking a stand for our clients. As one of the leading immigration law practices in the country, our Immigration Law Unit has made an enduring impact on the lives of countless New Yorkers. Now, with our client communities facing an extraordinary crisis, we are on the front-lines of the fight for our city’s immigrants. Here are just some of the ways in which we are making a difference.
Public Charge Lawsuit
The Legal Aid Society achieved a major victory for immigrant communities across our country. The federal court blocked the Trump Administration’s new “public charge” rule, which was scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. If enacted, the rule change would prevent noncitizens from obtaining family-based adjustment of status because of their receipt of housing and other lawful benefits. Learn more about our fight against “public charge.”
On January 8, 2020, our victory was affirmed when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order denying the government’s request for a stay of the preliminary injunction, the only remaining nationwide protection for millions of immigrant families. Learn more here.
ICE Out of Courts
The Legal Aid Society and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and New York Attorney General Letitia James and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez filed two separate lawsuits against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, challenging the legality of the agency’s practice of making civil immigration arrests without a judicial warrant or court order in and around New York State courthouses. Learn more our efforts to keep ICE out of courts.
We are proud members of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). Through NYIFUP, we offer essential protections to immigrant families facing deportation. Learn more about NYIFUP and what we are doing to help.
Read the latest news on our immigration work here.
Protect New York’s Immigrants
We are giving immigrants across our city a voice, helping them secure their status and defend against deportation. Help us make a difference and support your fellow New Yorkers today.