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NYC takes another step to help immigrant population

Over the last few years, officials in New York City have taken what could perhaps best be described as a progressive stance toward immigration. By way of illustration, consider that the City Council voted to create a municipal ID program that has since become the largest in the nation back in June 2014, and that just four months later, it passed a bill stating that the city would limit its cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement's deportation actions going forward.

In keeping with these efforts, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at the National Immigrant Integration Conference this past Monday that the city will be allocating $7.9 million of its 2016 budget toward providing the city's immigrant residents with access to much-needed legal representation.

Specifically, the money will go toward the creation of so-called navigation hubs named ActionNYC, that are designed to help immigrants secure access to legal services, such as assistance applying for citizenship, protecting against deportation, securing green cards and taking other beneficial actions of which they might not otherwise be aware.

The program, which is scheduled to launch in April, is planning to reach upwards of 75,000 people in its first year, particularly those who may generally be reluctant to deal with government officials in any capacity out of fear of deportation.

In order to accomplish this, the initiative is planning to work with 14 different community organizations, all of which are tasked with such varying duties as providing attorneys, bridging cultural and language gaps, and reaching out to immigrant populations.

Here's hoping these efforts prove successful …

If you have questions or concerns related to immigration law, please consider speaking with an experienced legal professional who can outline the law, explain your options and fight to protect your rights. 

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