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Standing with Immigrants

In the face of a hostile administration, we are taking a stand for our clients. As one of the leading immigration law practices in the country, our Immigration Law Unit has made an enduring impact on the lives of countless New Yorkers. Now, with our client communities facing an extraordinary crisis, we are on the front-lines of the fight for our city’s immigrants. Here are just some of the ways in which we are making a difference.

Public Charge Litigation

On April 28, 2020, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue an order that would block the public charge rule during the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but permitted the parties to seek relief in the trial court.

The MRNY litigation team joined plaintiffs the States of New York, Connecticut and Vermont, and New York City in seeking a new injunction in the district court that would set aside the new public charge rule during the pendency of the crisis. The motion is supported by evidence of the many ways in which the public charge rule is exacerbating the impact of COVID-19 on immigrants and their families by discouraging access to health care, nutrition assistance and other benefits at the very time when such assistance is needed most to get through the public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The plaintiffs have asked for their motion to be heard on May 5.

Learn more about the implications of the new rule and how we can help here.

ICE Out of Courts

The Legal Aid Society and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and New York Attorney General Letitia James and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez filed two separate lawsuits against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, challenging the legality of the agency’s practice of making civil immigration arrests without a judicial warrant or court order in and around New York State courthouses. Learn more our efforts to keep ICE out of courts.

Protecting Families

We are proud members of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). Through NYIFUP, we offer essential protections to immigrant families facing deportation. Learn more about NYIFUP and what we are doing to help.

Read the latest news on our immigration work here.

Protect New York’s Immigrants

We are giving immigrants across our city a voice, helping them secure their status and defend against deportation. Help us make a difference and support your fellow New Yorkers today.

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