New York Assembly passes DREAM Act, anti-Trump Liberty Act

ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV/WROC-TV) - On Monday, the New York State Assembly passed the DREAM Act, which treats undocumented foreign-born students as New York Citizens, even if they were brought here as infants.

The Assembly also passed a new Liberty Act, which would provide immigrants with a number of sanctuary style protections.

The Albany Times-Union described the Liberty Act as an anti-Trump measure.

The protections include a prohibition against police questioning people about their immigration status, and a ban on the use of State and local facilities for detaining people.

"For decades, New York's harbor welcomed millions of immigrants that helped shape our nation into the strong, diverse country it is today," said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. "The Assembly Majority believes that the continued success of our state depends on ensuring that immigrants have access to the resources they need to make meaningful contributions to their communities without the fear of inappropriate deportation and other serious consequences."

Both bills face major opposition in the State Senate.

Additional details are available on the New York State Assembly’s website.


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