NY Immigrant Justice Organizations Oppose LaSalle Nomination

January 10, 2023

NEW YORK– Over thirty immigrant rights community-based and legal advocacy organizations called on New York Governor Kathy Hochul to withdraw the nomination of Judge LaSalle as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and on the New York Senate to reject the nomination. The organizations stand with the many others who have stood up against this nomination because harm to workers, restrictions to reproductive justice access and lack of due process will hurt New York’s immigrant communities.

The letter highlights the gravity of Judge LaSalle’s record on due process and the risks it carries for immigrants defending themselves in the criminal legal system. The letter states, “LaSalle’s record demonstrates a disturbing pattern with irreversible consequences for immigrant New Yorkers – in particular Black and Latino immigrant communities – who risk being funneled into the hands of ICE.” 

View the letter and see the list of 30 + organizational signatories from across New York state here.

Haga clic aquí para leer la carta en español.


The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is a New York-based nonprofit that works to secure fairness and justice for immigrants in the racially-biased U.S. criminal and immigration systems. IDP fights to end the current era of unprecedented mass criminalization, detention and deportation through a multi-pronged strategy including advocacy, litigation, legal support, community partnerships, and strategic communications. Visit www.immigrantdefenseproject.org and follow @ImmDefense.