Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
United States - The Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, signed legislation that classifies threats related to reporting a person's immigration status as extortion or coercion.
Threats to report a person with irregular status to immigration authorities can be considered a crime in cases of labor trafficking and sex trafficking and will now also be treated as possible crimes of coercion and extortion, Hochul explained.
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 a better life for themselves and their families.
The head of state explained that the legislation will protect New Yorkers from bad actors who use coercion or extortion taking advantage of their immigration status.. The new measures, in the opinion of the authorities, they will give more security to the population against threats and intimidation.
The bill will allow prosecutors to prosecute efforts to blackmail a person and threaten to provoke deportation proceedings., even when not related to labor or sex trafficking.
For an undocumented immigrant who fled danger in his home country, being reported to ICE can be a death sentence.
Many prey on the most vulnerable and threaten to reveal their immigration status in order to exploit them, noted Senator Anna Kaplan. “By enacting this long-awaited measure, we are updating the laws on extortion and coercion to ensure that New York immigrants are not vulnerable to such vile threats ", pointed.