New York State Bar Association President Applauds State Legislature For Taking Humane Steps To Protect Immigrants
Sherry Levin Wallach, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement about final passage of the Court Notification Bill (A9877A/S2903), which requires defense counsel to warn immigrants taking a plea deal that they could face deportation or exclusion from citizenship:
“Many immigrants come to America to escape persecution, torture, and certain death. It is only right and just for the courts to warn them that pleading to a crime could lead to their deportation and the very fate they fought to escape. I applaud the state Legislature for taking this sensible and humane step to improve our system of justice and urge Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign the bill into law.”
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