Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Million Dollar Steps, Albany, NY
The One Day to Protect New Yorkers campaign supports a bill (A.4881/S.4294) that would amend NY law to reduce the maximum sentence on class A misdemeanor offenses by one day. If passed, the bill would change the maximum sentence to 364 days. This change would apply retroactively for anyone previously convicted of a class A misdemeanor.
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the United States are at risk of detention and deportation due to the combination of current immigration enforcement policies that target people with past or ongoing encounters with the justice system, and the harsh federal immigration laws enacted in 1996. Due to some idiosyncrasies in the drafting of federal immigration laws, New York’s one year maximum sentence for class A misdemeanors has extraordinary, harsh, and disproportionate consequences for immigrant New Yorkers.
This bill will:
For more on the campaign, download the Fact Sheet here.
On May 22nd, The Fortune Society, Immigrant Defense Project, and other allies held a rally in Albany to urge lawmakers to pass bill A.4881/S.4294.
Enjoy some highlights from the day below:
“New York stands for fairness and justice, not hate and division. The One Day to Protect New Yorkers bill provides a critical opportunity for the state legislature to protect not only thousands of immigrant New Yorkers, but the values that define our state.”
– Alisa Wellek, Executive Director of the Immigrant Defense Project
“As a native of Guyana and person who faced deportation due to a criminal conviction, I understand the trauma that mandatory deportation inflicts on immigrant families. We are committed to ending the mass deportation that continues to tear apart communities and families, and the dehumanizing racism and criminalization at the core of these systems.”
– Khalil A. Cumberbatch, Associate Vice President of Policy, The Fortune Society
“As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, I understand the continued need to persistently advocate for those most vulnerable under a rigid immigration system and ultimately be a voice for immigrants to ensure they are protected from arbitrary deportation. It is for this reason that I have introduced into the Senate S.4294, which reduces the maximum sentence for misdemeanor offenses from one year to 364 days.”
– Senator Marisol Alcantara, District 31
In conjunction with our May 22nd rally, we also held a Twitter Storm to engage the online community.
Take a look at some of our responses:
Even though the Twitter Storm is over, it’s never too late to raise awareness of the campaign on social media – simply use the #OneDayMatters hashtag when posting.
Here are some sample tweets:
For more ways to spread the word on your social networks, download our Social Media Toolkit here.