Speaker Quinn Announces Support For The Legal Aid Society and Other Organizations To Assist Young Immigrants Under The New Federal Program; Legal Aid Hosts Application Assistance Clinics

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced yesterday that the New York City Council is providing support for The Legal Aid Society as well as other organizations to assist young immigrants in applying to the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Steven Banks, the Society's Attorney-in-Chief, said "The Legal Aid Society stands ready to help young immigrant New Yorkers realize their dreams under the new federal program, and we commend the Speaker and the Council for leading New York City's efforts to make sure that the necessary legal services are in place through the Immigration Opportunities Initiative."

The Legal Aid Immigration Law Unit will host an initial series of application assistance clinics at the Society's Brooklyn Neighborhood Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 20, 24, 27, and 31. Please visit our website at www.legal-aid.org/dream.html to obtain additional information about the application process.

NYC Council funds $3M program for young immigrants
August 16, 2012 10:55 AM
From the Associated Press

NEW YORK — The New York City Council is spending $3 million on legal services for young illegal immigrants who want to apply for the right to work legally in the U.S.

The new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program launched by President Barack Obama could affect more than 1 million young illegal immigrants around the country.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Wednesday that the city funding will go to the Legal Aid Society and other community-based organizations. The groups will help applicants navigate the program and fill out paperwork.

Fatima Shama, commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, says the city will help applicants retrieve the documents that prove they've been here since an early age.

She says residents should call 311 for more information.