Liberty Defense Project

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In New York, we support the rights of and stand with immigrants faced with deportation so that every New Yorker has access to the full protections afforded under the law.

With the Liberty Defense Project, New York State launches the first-in-the-nation, state-led public-private project to assist immigrants, regardless of status, in obtaining access to legal services and process. Governor Cuomo continues our legacy of protecting the rights and freedoms of all New Yorkers.

The Liberty Defense Project will be administered by the state's Office for New Americans and will be run in partnership with law firms, legal associations, advocacy organizations, major colleges and universities, and bar associations.

"If there is a move to deport immigrants, I say then start with me." - Governor Cuomo

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We will ensure New York remains a beacon of hope and opportunity and will work to protect the rights of those seeking refuge in our state.

"We Are All Immigrants" Initiative

We support the success of immigrants in New York. Immigrants are at the heart of our state's rich civic and social diversity. Hate crimes and discrimination will not be tolerated.