Immigration Enforcement

New York City is committed to fostering a welcoming city for immigrant families.

New York City has policies to ensure that all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status can access the City services they need. City employees will not ask you about your immigration status unless it is required by law or is necessary to determine your eligibility for services and/or benefits. City employees will not share your immigration status or other confidential information with anyone, except in limited circumstances when required by law.

New York City does not enforce federal immigration law. That is the responsibility of the federal government. In cases where there is a threat to public safety, local law enforcement will work with federal partners to protect the public.

Know Your Rights

If you are approached by federal immigration enforcement agents, such as ICE, be aware that you have rights. The City has invested over $48 million in immigration legal services so that immigrant New Yorkers have access to case representation, emergency planning (such as parental designations and standby guardianship planning), and more. City-funded providers are available through ActionNYC by calling the hotline at 1-800-354-0365. 

Learn more about what to do in an encounter with immigration enforcement and find additional resources here.