On April 1, 2019, the One Day to Protect New Yorkers Act became law in New York as part of the New York State budget. By passing this law, New York has taken a firm stand against the devastation caused by ICE’s cruel and inhumane detention and deportation system. Read the press release here.
IDP has already released several materials pertaining to the new law:
- Practice Advisory: “One Day to Protect New Yorkers” Legislation
- Community Resource: One Day to Protect New Yorkers
- Recurso Comunitario: Un Día Para Proteger a los Neoyorquinos
The One Day to Protect New Yorkers Act fixes a discrepancy between federal and state sentencing law that puts people at risk of immigration detention and deportation. Many federal immigration consequences are imposed for offenses punishable by sentences of one year or more, and misdemeanors in New York are punishable by up to and including one year. This one day overlap between the sentencing schemes affects thousands of immigrants, who can face immigration detention without bail and immigration court with most defenses barred to them due to the misdemeanor offense. This is the case even if someone is never actually sentenced to a single day in jail – the potential sentence is what triggers the consequences.
To learn more, contact 1Day4NY[at]@immdefense[dot]org