New York City has long been a place for people from all over the world to live, prosper, and raise families. We have a responsibility to fight for New Yorkers that have been deprived of basic human rights because of where they were born. Both citizen and non-citizen immigrant residents face discrimination, disenfranchisement, and disproportionately low living and working conditions. As a grandson of immigrants from Costa Rica and Guatemala, I will stand with immigrants regardless of their documentation status and reject all attempts to weaponize documentation status against immigrant families.
End City support for detention and deportation. I propose that New York City Council launch an ICE Alerts NYC program to better protect our immigrant communities from ICE raids, through advance training/education, up-to-the-minute alerts about incoming ICE activity and on-the-ground immigrant assistance amid immigration detention attempts. I will support prohibiting NYPD cooperation with ICE and fight for funding for regular legal clinics that provide services to families facing deportation. We must ensure that NYC remains a sanctuary city.
Allow immigrant residents full participation in our democracy. All residents should be able to vote in our elections. I will support legislation ensuring that all of our residents can vote in municipal elections. I will also work to increase language accessibility for all in voting locations and on all voting literature. I support the expansion of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Law to include immigrant businesses and provide them all of the accompanying benefits.
Foster healthy and prosperous immigrant communities. All public services should be provided regardless of immigration status. This includes, education, healthcare, and all social service programs. I will support vastly expanded language accessibility as well as literacy programs that are specifically devoted to students who have been neglected during remote learning. Many undocumented residents have been excluded from relief packages during the COVID-19 pandemic. I will support the creation of an emergency cash assistance fund specifically for this purpose.