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New law criminalizes any attempt to expose a person's immigration status

Oct 12, 2021 5:45 am

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics a measure criminalizing threats in New York to expose a person's immigration status was signed into law this weekend by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The new law considers threats to expose undocumented people as extortion or coercion, and is based on similar measures already on the books in California, Colorado, Maryland and Virginia. "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. The measure is intended to allow prosecutors to take on blackmail cases when a person is threatened with deportation, even when the larger case does not relate to sex trafficking or labor cases. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.