ALBANY (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul has signed legislation protecting undocumented immigrants from threats to report their immigration status.
The legislation classifies certain threats to report a person’s immigration status as extortion or coercion under New York law.
Threats to report a person’s immigration status can currently be treated as a crime in cases of labor trafficking and sex trafficking but were not previously treated as potential extortion or coercion offenses.
“New York is built on the hard work and determination of generations of immigrants, and we need to support people who are trying to build better lives for themselves and their families,” Hochul said.
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