Thursday, November 7, 2013
Kirk Semple of the New York Times reports on the kick off yesterday of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project at the immigration court in New York. Noncitizens facing removal from the United States have no constitutional right to guaranteed counsel. A new initiative, the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, emerged from several years of study and advocacy. Immigrant rights advocates were concerned that the lack of representation was resulting in unnecessary deportations and separation of families. Last summer, the New York City Council allocated $500,000 to help pay for a pilot program to test the viability of the initiative. The project’s organizers said that money, plus a supplementary contribution from the Cardozo School of Law, would allow them to provide representation to 190 immigrants.