Immigrant advocates applaud NY City Council resolution on right to legal counsel for Caribbean immigrants

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The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) on Wednesday applauded the passage of a New York City Council resolution on the right to legal counsel in immigration proceedings for Caribbean and other immigrants.

“Today’s resolution in support of a right to counsel in immigration courts by the New York City Council is an indisputable signal to Albany,” NYIC’s Executive Director Murad Awawdeh said.

NYIC is an umbrella immigrant and policy organisation of over 200 immigrant groups in New York State.

“We cannot afford for the status quo to continue,” Awawdeh added. “New York has been a beacon of hope to immigrant families for generations, and we must carry that legacy by enacting the Access to Representation Act.

“It is a failure of our fundamental New York values for us to force immigrant families, including children, to represent themselves in court against deportation,” he continued. “Fair representation must be universal, not extended only to those who can afford attorneys. We thank the Council for their ongoing leadership and look forward to keeping up the good fight in Albany.”

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