ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration is expanding state services such as legal representation and community-based assistance for immigrants across New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday one of the new initiatives will help immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Democrat says the expanded programs are the state’s response to the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
One program expands legal assistance provided rapidly to immigrants taken into custody by ICE. The state has contracted seven organizations to provide such services, adding to a program that was launched in December.
The other program creates 21 new centers that will provide legal consultation, education, workshops and other services to immigrants in their own neighborhoods. Overseen by the state Office for New Americans, the centers will be located in every region of the state.