February 13, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Additional Seminars to Provide Guidance to New Yorkers Impacted by Anti-Immigrant Federal Policies

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Part of Governor's Actions to Protect Residents from Trump Administration's Anti-Immigrant Policies

Federal Government Announced End of TPS Status for 16,200 Salvadorans and Thousands of Haitians and Nicaraguans Currently Living in New York

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York Department of State's Office for New Americans and the Liberty Defense Project will host additional upcoming seminars across the state to provide information and guidance on immigration issues, including latest updates on the Trump Administration's arbitrary termination of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua.

 

"While the federal administration continues to put in place shameful policies that tear families apart and disrupt everyday lives, New York will continue to fight for the American Dream of thousands of residents who contribute to our society," Governor Cuomo said. "These outreach efforts will help ensure impacted New Yorkers know their rights and legal options and I encourage those impacted by these disastrous changes to federal policy to attend these upcoming seminars." 

 

New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "With the immeasurable help of our non-profit and advocate partners, New York will continue to lead the way for immigrant rights. We urge anyone facing undue hardships because of the Trump administration's misguided immigration policies to understand the legal options available."

 

Anyone impacted by the TPS decision may contact the New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636. The toll-free, multilingual hotline provides live assistance in more than 200 languages. Anyone can call the hotline for information and referrals, regardless of citizenship or documented status. Calls to the hotline are confidential and anonymous. The hotline operates from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday (excluding Federal holidays), and is managed by Catholic Charities Community Services.

 

Seminars and consultations will take place on the dates below. An updated calendar of events and additional information is available through the hotline and online at: www.newamericans.ny.gov.

 

February 15 - Liberty Defense Project TPS/DACA Town Hall, 5-8 p.m.

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Hispanic Federation

Fort Washington Collegiate Church

729 W 181 Street

New York, NY 10033

 

February 16 - Citizen Eligibility, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees

201 Bleecker Street

Utica, NY 13501

 

February 19 - Tax Fraud and Other Scams, 10 a.m. (On-site Karenni interpretation available); 12 p.m. (On-site Tigrinya interpretation available)

Jericho Road Community Health Center

Hope Refugee Drop-In Center

248 West Ferry Street

Buffalo, NY 14213

 

February 27 - Starting Your Business Workshop, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

CARECEN

91 N Franklin Street

Hempstead, NY 11550

 

March 2 - Liberty Defense Project Information Session & Free Legal Clinic for Haitian and Salvadorian TPS Holders, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

(Registration required: Call 347-921-0631 for an appointment)

Catholic Charities Community Services

245 N Main Street

Spring Valley, NY 10977

 

March 10 - Citizenship Application Assistance Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Queens Library at Long Island City

37-44 21st Street

Long Island City, NY 11101

 

March 16 -TPS/DACA Know Your Rights, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees

201 Bleecker Street

Utica, NY 13501

 

March 16 - TPS/DACA Know Your Rights, 5-6 p.m.

Queens Library at Long Island City

37-44 21st Street

Long Island City, NY 11101

 

March 21 - Tax Credit Workshop, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

2 Mott Street #200

New York, NY 10013

 

March 22 - Housing Workshop, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

2 Mott Street #200

New York, NY 10013

 

Last month, Governor Cuomo directed the New York Department of State's Office for New Americans and the Liberty Defense Project to increase access to and offer additional resources for communities impacted by the Trump administration's arbitrary decision to end TPS for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua. Of the 114,127 Salvadorans currently living in New York State, 16,200 are TPS beneficiaries and will be impacted by the federal government's decision to end TPS recognition for the country.

 

Since 1990, the United States has offered TPS to immigrants from 10 countries that have experienced civil unrest, violence, a natural disaster or an epidemic. Those who are granted TPS - approximately 342,570 individuals across the nation - have the legal right to reside and work in the United States. El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras constitute the countries with the most TPS beneficiaries in the U.S.

 

The Office for New Americans' 27 neighborhood-based Opportunity Centers, and lawyers specializing in immigration law and members of the Liberty Defense Project, will provide free up-to-date information and advice to TPS individuals from all affected countries and through individual consultations. The consultations can also provide guidance and screening for possible adjustment of immigration status.

 

To locate an Office for New Americans Opportunity Center, click here. To view the Office for New Americans Opportunity Centers Map, click here.

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