New York, NY – The Federal District Court for the Western District of New York on Wednesday issued a decision denying without prejudice a motion by the New York Immigration Coalition, Rural & Migrant Ministry, Hispanic Federation, and four individual non-citizen residents of New York to intervene in defense of a lawsuit brought by the Erie County Clerk challenging New York’s newly enacted Green Light Law which would permit non-citizen residents to obtain a drivers’ license in the case of Kearns v. Cuomo et al. LatinoJustice PRLDEF and Arnold & Porter represent the proposed intervenors.
A diverse group of public school students and local community-based organizations asked a federal court to allow them to intervene in a lawsuit over a program designed to improve racial and economic equity in admissions to New York City’s eight elite public high schools. Since the parties announced their request to intervene in defense of the program last month, they appeared in court before the presiding judge who allowed the process to move forward.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF, The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a request for pre-motion conference seeking to intervene in the federal lawsuit Christa McAuliffe Intermediate School PTO v. Bill de Blasio on behalf of Teens Take Charge – a public-school student led organization, the Hispanic Federation, Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), and multiple Black and Latinx public school students and their families. The request asks the Court to allow these families and organizations to defend New York City’s modest 2018 efforts to increase access to the Specialized High Schools for disadvantaged students, and redress the systemic racial exclusion caused by the deeply flawed, test-only admissions policy.
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