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Immigrant Rights Victory: Executive Order Prevents State Agencies from Asking About Immigration Status

Advocacy Victory: On Friday, September 15th, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order barring New York State agencies—including the New York State Police—from asking about a person’s immigration status.

This is a big win for immigrant rights activists, including our grantee Make the Road New York, whose members have been organizing and advocating for this policy for more than a decade, as well as allies at the New York Immigration Coalition—also supported through our Immigrant Rights Fund.

The new Executive Order means that immigrant New Yorkers can interact with state agencies without fear of having their information turned over to ICE. State employees are now prohibited from asking about immigration status in most cases, preventing the sharing of most personal information with federal authorities. State law enforcement agencies are prohibited from inquiring about immigration status except for narrow circumstances where knowing a suspect's immigration status is directly relevant to a criminal investigation. 

"Today's executive order is a major victory for immigrant communities and is one of the strongest confidentiality policies in the nation," said Javier Valdés, co-executive director of Make the Road New York.

Liane Stegmaier

Vice President of Communications and Strategy
The new Executive Order means that immigrant New Yorkers can interact with state agencies without fear of having their information turned over to ICE.