Advocating for Increase in Immigrant Legal Services Funding

African Services Committee joined lead organization The New York Immigration Coalition along with elected officials and fellow advocates recently to urge the City Council and Mayor to include $21.4 million in funding for immigrant legal services in the final budget, in order to address the major uptick in immigration arrests happening nationwide. New data released by ICE showed that since Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration enforcement, arrests are up by 40 percent.

“African Services Committee attorneys are first responders in a climate fraught with the imminent threat of deportation and separation for countless immigrant families at a time when we are experiencing an unprecedented rise in demand for our services and need exceeds capacity,” said African Services Committee Supervising Attorney Corina Bogaciu at NYIC’s press conference and day of action at City Hall.

Following the press conference, the Coalition and its partners launched its inaugural Immigration Legal Service Provider Day of Action, meeting with council members to discuss why these numbers only further underscore the need for the final budget to include funding for legal services, specifically for organizations providing complex case representation.