New York immigrant lawyers demand expansive, ambitious immigration reform

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Ask incoming Biden-Harris administration to prioritize roll-back of Trump’s anti-immigrant actions.

Following the victory of Joe Biden and his Indian American running mate Kamala Harris in the 2020 presidential election, the New York Immigration Coalition has demanded a broad and bold series of immigration reforms.

Immigrant communities and people of color helped take back the “blue wall” states of Pennsylvania and Michigan as well as flipping formerly deep-red states like Georgia, the advocates body said in a media release.

Reminding the incoming Biden-Harris administration of their promises to immigrants, the coalition demanded that it immediately prioritize a roll-back of President Donald Trump’s executive orders and actions against immigrants.

“This year, immigration was on the ballot — and it won a resounding victory,” said Murad Awawdeh and Rovika Rajkishun, Interim Co-Executive Directors of NYIC Action.

“Millions of Americans firmly repudiated Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda at the polls with a record-breaking turnout from immigrants and people of color and a show of force not seen in previous elections.”

“Here in New York, NYIC Action mobilized thousands of immigrant citizen New Yorkers—many of them first-time voters—to vote for Vice President Biden, Senator Harris, and other Democratic Congressional and State candidates because they believe immigration is good for New York and good for America.”

The coalition also reminded the Biden-Harris team of their promises to “rescind the Muslim Ban, reinstate and expand DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs, as just a starting point to rebuilding our immigration system from the ground up.”

The coalition also announced the launch of a $3 million campaign to ensure lawmakers work for “immigration reform that will bring the justice and freedom—not only from Trump’s racist policies, but from our failed immigration system that has been broken for decades.”

“For the last four years, immigrant communities have lived in fear of the Trump administration’s bigoted and hateful immigration policy” said Marwa Janini, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York.

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