“This applies to extortion or coercion of a person who reports another person’s immigration status,” the government statement said.
The initiative (S.343-A / A.3412-A) was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul and approved by both houses of the legislature. “Threats to report a person’s immigration status in labor abduction and sex trafficking cases can now be considered a crime,” says a statement.
Previously, these types of incidents were not even considered possible crimes, and undocumented people were at risk of abuse and, in countless circumstances, even losing their right to stay in the United States.
“New York is built on the hard work and determination of generations to come, and we must support people who strive to create a better life for themselves and their families,” Governor Hochul signed into law.
“This law will protect New Yorkers from bad actors who use extortion or coercion because of their immigration status.
The governor explained that the new legal tool “allows New York attorneys to pursue intimidation attempts by threatening to incite deportation, even if it is not related to labor or sex trafficking.”
Similar measures have been implemented and enacted in California, Colorado, Maryland and Virginia.
Unlike other states, New York’s new law is based on the model law recommended by the Public Immigration Agency.
“For undocumented immigrants fleeing danger in their own country, reporting to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may be punishable by death, but unfortunately, more people are willing to exploit our most vulnerable neighbors by exposing and threatening their immigration.” Democrat Senator Anna M. Kaplan, one of the authors of the bill, said.
“This law breaks new ground in New York’s current efforts to protect undocumented immigrants who are the most vulnerable residents in our state,” said legislator Michael C. Solas. Solajas said.
The law would protect undocumented New Yorkers from extortion and coercion under the law.
Hochul’s initiative explains that extortion and coercion include forcing a person to hand over property or avoiding engaging in or engaging in other acts of intimidation, including the threat of charges against them.
Faced with such a situation, the new law changed the definitions of “extortion” and “coercion”, including “making threats for such purposes to cause deportation activities against a person”.
Between the changes, the severity of the crimes of coercion and extortion was established so that justice could identify the person responsible for these acts and protect the victims.
The authors of the project also pointed out that the new law prevents intimidation. And those responsible for this crime will face criminal charges.
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