Last Monday, the Assembly passed a package of bills that it calls the New York State Liberty Act, which are intended to protect undocumented immigrants who may face deportation.

The legislation would make New York a “sanctuary” state by prohibiting the detention of undocumented individuals on immigration detainers unless there was a warrant from a judge. It would also prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from stopping or questioning a person based on perceived immigration status.

The Assembly also approved, for the fifth time, the New York DREAM Act, which provides tuition assistance to undocumented immigrants attending higher education institutions.