Proposed Bill Would Guarantee New York Immigrants Legal Representation

By Massarah Mikati

HudsonValley360 quoted President Greenberg on the proposed bill to guarantee immigrants facing deportation the right to an attorney.

The 2020 legislative session has continued the previous year’s initiatives to establish more rights for immigrants.

The day after activists and lawmakers rallied at the state Capitol to bar U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from making arrests around courthouses, state Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-27, and Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, D-39, introduced the Access to Representation Act. The new piece of legislation would create a statutory right to a lawyer for New Yorkers facing deportation who cannot afford their own attorneys.

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