This week City officials and immigration advocates gathered in Sunnyside, Queens on Tuesday to denounce posters that were put up in the neighborhood urging people to report undocumented immigrants to the federal government. Catholic Migration Services was among one of the groups to say loud and clear: immigrants are welcome here!
Read the full story in amNew York: Posters urging people to report undocumented immigrants sparks outrage in Queens
In an announcement from the Office of the Mayor last week, the DeBlasio Administration confirmed it will allocate $4.1 Million to provide legal assistance for Migrant Children and separated families. The funds will be distributed to a network of legal service providers, including Catholic Migration Services. In response to the Mayor’s renewed commitment to serve migrant children, both unaccompanied minors and separated children in New York City, Sharone Kaufman, Managing Attorney with Catholic Migration Services “…is proud to be part of a city that is committed to fighting for the rights of vulnerable New Yorkers wherever they may come from.”
Read the full announcement from the Office of the Mayor: De Blasio Administration Allocates $4.1 Million To Provide Legal Assistance For Migrant Children And Separated Families
Read the full story via am New York: Migrant children still in NYC to get free legal assistance
This week the New York Times Editorial Board endorsed several measures that Catholic Migration Services and Queens tenants have been advocating to Albany legislators. These proposals would eliminate some of the loopholes in state laws that currently allow landlords to impose significant rent increases that often make rent regulated apartments unaffordable. Catholic Migration Services has been working closely with tenants and coalition partners to advocate for the critical changes now supported by the Times. These changes include restricting how landlords can eliminate “preferential rents” and eliminating the incentive to evict tenants (“vacancy bonuses”).
Read the full story in the New York Times: Voters Can Keep Housing Affordable
In a follow up story to our recent naturalization workshop at LaGuardia Community College, Catholic Migration Services, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and our pro bono partners helped immigrant New Yorkers get one step closer to citizenship.
Read the full story in the Queens Daily Eagle: LaGuardia Naturalization Clinic Served 65 Immigrant Clients
A Long Island City naturalization workshop at LaGuardia Community College provided free access and services to immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship. With the help of Catholic Migration Services; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; and volunteers from Goldman Sachs over 50 eligible green card holders were assisted through the legal process.
Read the full story in the Queens TimeLedger: LIC clinic helps immigrants apply for citizenship
July 31, 2018
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