Pass the first-in-the-nation Access to Representation Act to ensure a right to counsel for all immigrants facing deportation in New York (S.999/A.0170) and guarantee that no one must defend themselves against a trained government lawyer alone to protect themselves and their families from deportation.
The Access to Representation Act will mandate that the State appoint a lawyer to anyone in New York who has a case before an immigration judge or who has a basis to appeal or request to reopen an old deportation order, and meets income requirements. The law will also guarantee stable funding streams for immigration legal services, easing uncertainty on both the legal representatives and their clients.
Allocate $100 million in the FY24 New York State budget to meet urgent and long-term legal and social service needs of immigrant families in New York.
Everyone facing deportation deserves representation. Take action, email your State elected official!