Queens Daily Eagle: State Expands Aid To Queens Immigrant Legal Service Providers

State Expands Aid To Queens Immigrant Legal Service Providers | March 14, 2019: Three Queens immigrant service providers are among 21 organizations designated as new Opportunity Centers by the governor’s Office of New Americans. The announcement coincided with the expansion of New York state’s Rapid Response Program, which connects attorneys with immigrants facing urgent legal challenges. Both initiatives are part of the Liberty Defense Project.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the expansion of state aid to Queens Community House, Make the Road New York and MinKwon Center for Community Action, Inc. on Thursday. The state will provide each organization with a “qualified and experienced immigration attorney” to provide free legal consultations, Cuomo’s office said in a statement.

"While the federal government continues to threaten our immigrant communities, New York will not stop fighting to protect the rights of new Americans," Cuomo said. "With this new program and expanded opportunity centers, we are ensuring vulnerable immigrants who are unfairly targeted by ICE have the legal assistance and services they need to achieve their full potential in New York."

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